The large amount of fiber found in red cabbage is good for the digestive system. It promotes frequent bowel movements and improves the gut’s microbiome.
Besides fiber, red cabbage also contains anthocyanin, an antioxidant.
Antioxidants are diverse and their functions vary from one to another. However, they all help boost your immune system and prevent diseases.
Ingredients You Will Need
Here are the main ingredients for our red cabbage salad recipe:
1. Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is our pick for today’s recipe. However, you can mix in some white cabbage, too.
Other than cabbage, you can customize the recipe and add more vegetables if you’d like. We suggest similarly crunchy vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and celery.
The preparation is simple: all you need to do is slice all the vegetables to the same thin profile.
For today’s red cabbage salad recipe, we’re making a simple dressing using only the following ingredients:
Apple cider vinegar
You can add other spices or herbs such as mustard seeds, mint, chili flakes, fennel, coriander, or parsley seeds as well.
If you’re a fan of cabbage, check out our easy pickled cabbage recipe as well. You only need a few simple ingredients to make it, but it will keep for a long time.
How to Shred Cabbage
Place a head of cabbage on the cutting board so that it sits upright.
With a sharp knife, cut the cabbage into quarters vertically.
Lay a quarter of cabbage down on one side. Make a diagonal cut to remove the thick, white core in the bottom center of the cabbage.
Once the core is removed, cut across the cabbage leaves so they get sliced into thin shreds.
Things to Serve This Side Salad With
This tangy, crunchy, flavorful veggie side dish can pair with almost any food. Here are a few prime examples:
1. Meat and Fish
Whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, meatloaf, salmon, shrimp, or crab, pick your favorite and add red cabbage salad. They will make an amazingly delicious and nutritious meal.
To cook your protein, we recommend pan-searing, grilling, baking, or slow-cooking. This compliments the flavor of the protein and pairs better with the veggies.
This red cabbage salad is a great addition to sandwiches or burgers as it provides fiber and makes the dish fresher. Since our salad is slightly sweet and tangy, it’ll give your sandwich/burger a complex flavor profile.
Make the dressing: In a large mixing bowl, add 5 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Whisk to combine.
Toss the salad: Add shredded cabbage and 4 oz carrots into the bowl. Mix to distribute the dressing evenly.
Serve: Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle 0.7 oz toasted almonds over the salad and serve.
Red Cabbage Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 245Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Vitamin A 5852IU
Vitamin C 59mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
This recipe is great as is. Delicious and so easy!