The other day we needed cabbage for a photo shoot here at EatingWell. We bought a few heads at the grocery store and I picked
some from my mom’s garden. (Here’s me with a head of Napa cabbage.)
The difference between the store-bought cabbage and the garden heads was striking. Here’s a shot of two heads of Savoy:
Not hard to tell which one was from the garden, right? Of course, the big beautiful one. That garden cabbage was so gorgeous
and massive that when my co-workers saw it sitting in the Test Kitchen, they rushed in to check it out. The excitement got me
thinking about my favorite cabbage
. I was so inspired that I went home with a head of Savoy and made Roasted Savoy Cabbage with Black
There was still a lot of cabbage to use, so I decided to start cooking my way through some of my other favorite recipes for
cabbage. As a health bonus, cabbage is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s rich in vitamin C and fiber and supplies
isothiocyanates—chemicals that amp up the body’s natural detoxification systems. Studies suggest that cabbage may help fight
breast, lung, colon and other types of cancer.
Here are some of my favorite summertime cabbage recipes:
Hot & Sour Slaw
– It would be inexcusable not to mention
at least one coleslaw. I happen to prefer an oil-and-vinegar-based recipe. With a balance of tang and sweet and some hot red
pepper, this version fits the bill perfectly.
Chinese Chicken & Noodle Salad
healthier version of this classic salad comes with crispy ramen noodles. The dressing is an addictive orange, sesame, ginger
and soy combination—you may want to double the dressing and save some for a salad the next day.
– I love spicy foods, so Korean food and
kimchi are right up my alley. This isn’t traditional kimchi (which is buried and fermented). This is a nonfussy quick method
and it sure is delicious.
Napa Cabbage & Carrots with
Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce
– A quick stir-fry for an easy weeknight side. Throw in some tofu or shrimp and serve with brown
rice to make it a meal.