Red Cabbage Coleslaw


This fresh and colorful red cabbage coleslaw is crisp and bright. Dijon and honey balance the flavors of the cabbage.

Red Cabbage Slaw
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food StylisT: Karen Rankin
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

How Do You Cut Red Cabbage for Coleslaw?

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

AA head of red cabbage on marble
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Using a large chef's knife, cut the cabbage in half lengthwise through the stem end.

Close up of a head of purple cabbage being cut into quarters
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Cut each half in half again through the stem end. You will now have four quarters or wedges.

Close up of cutting the core off a quarter of a head of purple cabbage
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Cut off the bottom of each quarter at an angle to remove the core.

Place a cabbage wedge cut-side down on a cutting board and cut lengthwise into very thin strips.

What to Serve with Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Serve this red cabbage coleslaw alongside Grilled Chicken with Citrus-BBQ Glaze, Grilled Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple, Tandoori Grilled Tofu with Red Peppers & Broccolini or Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce. You can also pack it up for an outdoor potluck or picnic.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallot

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cups thinly shredded red cabbage

  • 1 cup matchstick carrots

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Stir shallot, vinegar, lemon juice and salt together in a large bowl. Let stand until the shallot is softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add honey, mustard and pepper to the shallot mixture; stir to combine. Add cabbage, carrots and parsley; toss to coat. Let stand, tossing occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5535IU 111%
Vitamin C 46mg 51%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Vitamin K 62mcg 52%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 315mg 7%

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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