Sweet cabbage salad

Cabbage salad

I intended on sharing the cherry rhubarb pie recipe this morning, then I realized it's been ages since I've posted anything healthy. And since the photos I got don't do the adorable, little pies justice, it was the perfect excuse to share something healthy here today.

Since we moved into our new place, Thom and I have hosted several small gatherings. Which (surprise!) always focus on good, hearty grub. The recipes are (usually) inspired by what I'm craving at the moment, and are always very vegetable heavy. This time around we made walnut encrusted tempeh, sweet cabbage salad, quinoa pesto salad, Indian potato salad (geeze, that's a lot of salads) and a raw fruit tart. Oh, and according to some, the greatest oatmeal cookies in existence. But that's debatable. And no, you will not find the recipe on my site because I haven't posted it yet.

Cabbage salad

The name of this salad can be a bit deceiving - it's not that sweet. And it's a bit tangy. However, guests devoured it and that's all that matters. Did I mention it takes mere minutes to prepare? Or that it's perfectly crunchy and pairs well as a side to any summer dinner? Think cole slaw, only fancier. And not covered in mayonnaise.

If you don't have sesame oil, you can use almond oil, olive oil, etc. - but the toasted sesame oil adds a really great flavor to this salad. In fact, I don't think I'll ever make it with any other oil, ever again. Use 1 tablespoon of a liquid sweetener of your choice - agave nectar, coconut nectar, honey, etc. If you don't have time to let the salad marinate for 30 minutes, you can serve it immideately - but allowing it to soak in the plastic bag causes the cabbage to soften ever so slightly.


4 cups chopped green cabbage
1/4 cup fresh peas
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp liquid sweetener
1 heavy pinch fine sea salt
1/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped

Add the cabbage, peas and green onions to a large, resealable plastic bag; set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, liquid sweetener and salt. Pour into bag of cabbage, seal, toss and then let sit for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. When ready to serve, mix in almonds. Keeps in refrigerator for up to two days. Thereafter, it starts to lose it's crunch.

Yield: 6 servings


  1. AnonymousJune 05, 2012

    yum! i ate something very similar to that for dinner last night! cabbage is so great:) that looks delicious! thanks for sharing!

  2. Simple, delicious and crunchy- sounds like my kind of a salad. Yummy :)

  3. I never really liked cabbage until recently. This looks yummy! A good vinegary cabbage salad is so refreshing in the summer.

    mon amy

  4. that looks pretty and crunchy! the only was i used to eat raw cabbage was in slaw.. should try it this simple way!

  5. can you use broccoli slaw mixed with cole slaw? and what is liquid sweetner?


    1. Sure! Liquid sweetener is agave nectar, honey, date syrup, etc.

  6. awesome! I'm always looking for new uses for cabbage! thanks.

  7. Cabbage heads unite. Perfect for a gathering!

  8. That first picture just makes you want to dive right in- so beautiful! Love this.

  9. What a nice, simple, refreshing salad- perfect for summer! I love the contrast of textures with the almonds and the peas! Yum!

  10. I didn't get cabbage in my CSA this week, but I DID get fresh organic snap peas, fresh broccoli, and garlic scapes, so could easily make a CSA version of this salad--and I think I might do just that!

    Sesame oil, the elixir of the gods! I would not sub for it, ever, ever, ever, even when given permission by a fave blogger :-)


  11. This looks amazing. I ADORE cabbage--especially when it is paired with vinegar of any kind! I cannot wait to try this recipe!!! It looks so perfect as a summer side dish! Thank you, my dear!

  12. I am such a bonafide cabbage lover so this salad will be a must make! And I'll send you an email in a few days about a possible meet up in Denver!!

  13. what a beautiful salad!!! we always have so much cabbage from my dad's garden. i will have to try this.

  14. I've got all the ingredients and I am going to make it tomorrow.