The humble cabbage is one of the cheapest superfoods ever and, if you’re not a big fan, I can reassure you that this colorful cabbage salad with crispy apples is so good and crunchy that it will make you love the poor veggie.
There’s more: it’s ready in 10 minutes, lasts in the fridge for days, it’s packed with amazing health benefits and it only costs less than $1 per serving.
I like the sound of that!
Super easy to prepare, this vibrant cabbage salad tastes delicious and makes the perfect make-ahead vegetarian dish for any gathering as well as healthy vegetarian meal prep.
Plus, red cabbage is absolutely cheap and huge. Yes, it’s huge and when you shred it you end up with salad for an army. That’s what I call good value for money : )
Then add roasted walnuts, crispy and juicy apples, some crumbled cheddar and toss with a light fresh vinaigrette.
Yes, you’re going to love this yummy cabbage salad!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:
- White or red cabbage
- Apples (Fuji, Gala..)
- Mature cheddar (optional)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Slice, slice, slice, and slice
- Add crumbled cheddar and walnuts
- Dress with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
EASY, HEALTHY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY
This crunchy and colorful salad comes on the table in 10 minutes flat and it costs about $1 per serving. Plus, it’s SUPER HEALTHY!!!
IS CABBAGE GOOD FOR YOU?
Absolutely YES. Red cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable family and has an outstanding nutritional profile. It’s low on calories and particularly high in vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and it’s essential for muscles, skin, and bones. It’s also very rich in vitamin K, crucial for blood clotting. But what makes cabbage so healthy are its potent cancer-fighting compounds!
But there’s more. This salad includes other excellent powerhouses like apples, high in vitamin C, and walnuts, another great source of antioxidants and omega-3 fat which may help to reduce oxidative stress and are extremely beneficial for heart and brain health.
In conclusion, not only is cabbage good, but it’s a real rockstar when it comes to health benefits.
It’s definitely a vegetable worth making room on your plate for : )
RECIPE NOTES AND TIPS:
Cabbage: they come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors. When you buy a white or red cabbage, pick a tight, compact head that feels heavy for its size. It should look crisp and fresh, with few loose leaves. Red and white cabbage, raw and finely shredded, add color, texture, and flavor to a boring winter salad.
Nuts: it delicious with roasted walnuts, but you can substitute walnuts with crunchy roasted hazelnuts.
Cheese: mature cheese like cheddar or shaved parmesan on top are the perfect complements to this simple cabbage salad, but it’s also delicious without cheese if you prefer to keep it vegan.
Storage: cabbage salad leftovers keep very well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days (but without apples, they will turn brown quickly when cut). However, if you plan to make this salad ahead, I would suggest you to store shredded cabbage in a separate container, it keeps well for several days. Then add apples, walnuts, cheese, and dressing when ready to serve!
If you look for more 10-minute salad recipes, these celery salad, Mediterranean bean salad, and Italian cucumber salad will be ready in no time. Or if you want to have a look at more salad recipes, here you’ll find a variety of recipes featuring different veggies!
If you make this cabbage salad, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it or tag a photo #theclevermeal on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
Cabbage salad with apples and walnuts
- 1 medium-size white or red cabbage, shredded
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1/2 cup mature cheddar, crumbled (optional)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Remove the thick fibrous outer leaves from the cabbage, cut it into quarters and wash it.
- Finely slice the cabbage and the apples (about 1/4-inch thick).
- In a large bowl place cabbage, sliced apples, half of the crumbled cheddar, and half of the walnuts (reserve the rest for the topping).
- In a small bowl or in a glass, make a vinaigrette mixing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt (I start with 1/2 tsp) and a good pinch of black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
- Serve at room temperature with chopped walnuts and crumbled cheddar on top. Enjoy.
- HOW TO CUT A CABBAGE?
Remove any tough outer layers or loose leaves. Then, cut the cabbage into quarters through the base and cut the core out of each quarter. Finally, wash and finely slice them on a cutting board. Alternatively, you can use a mandoline or a food processor, whatever it's easier for you.
- SERVINGS: these quantities yield 4-6 servings.
- VINEGAR: I prefer using apple cider vinegar in this salad, but red or white vinegar work just fine.
- STORAGE: It keeps well in the fridge up to 3-4 days (without apples).