Simple Cabbage Salad


Cabbage maintains a nice crunch when it's tossed with an easy dressing in this simple cabbage salad recipe. This easy salad is perfect for fall when cabbage is at its sweetest.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

What Type of Cabbage Is Best for Salad?

We use green cabbage for this salad, which is the most common variety of cabbage. Green cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that's versatile, inexpensive and boasts many health benefits. Green cabbage is round and compact with tightly packed smooth leaves and a mild flavor. Feel free to mix in other types of cabbage in the salad, like red cabbage, napa cabbage or savoy cabbage for a variety of color and texture.

Simple Cabbage Salad
Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ruth BlackBurn / Julia Bayless

How to Cut Cabbage for Salad

In a pinch, you can use packaged shredded cabbage for this salad, but we recommend prepping it yourself. Here's how to do it:

A wedge of cabbage sitting on a cutting board next to a knife
Carolyn Hodges

Cut the cabbage in half lengthwise through the stem end.

Next, cut each half in half through the stem end (you should have 4 quarters).

Cut off the bottom of each quarter at an angle to remove the core.

Close up of slicing a a quarter head of cabbage
Carolyn Hodges

Place a cabbage wedge cut-side down on a cutting board and cut lengthwise into very thin strips. For shorter strips, cut the wedge crosswise.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8 cups shredded green cabbage (from 1 small head)


  1. Whisk lemon juice, oil, parsley, mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add cabbage and toss to coat; let stand for 10 minutes. Toss again; serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour before serving.

    Simple Cabbage Salad
    Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ruth BlackBurn / Julia Bayless

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

124 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 299IU 6%
Sodium 408mg 18%
Potassium 268mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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