15 Crunchy Cabbage Salads Are the Season's Best Sides

Chinese Cabbage Salad in a decorated bowl
Photo: lutzflcat

Step aside, lettuce! Delightfully crunchy and firm enough to stand up to even the heaviest of dressings, cabbage makes the perfect salad base. Whether you choose green, red, or Napa cabbage varieties, these beloved cruciferous veggies make for hearty salads whether they're sliced, shredded, or chopped. Check out some of our favorite cabbage salads.

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Angel's Cabbage Salad

Angel's Cabbage Salad in a green bowl
Holiday Baker

It doesn't get much easier than this salad. Simply toss together bagged shredded cabbage with the tangy dressing, crunchy sunflower seeds, and sweet raisins. The result is a perfectly balanced side dish.

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Chinese Cabbage Salad

Chinese Cabbage Salad in a decorated bowl
lutzflcat

Although putting uncooked ramen noodles in a salad may sound odd, it adds an irresistibly crunchy texture to this Asian-inspired dish. The dressing of sesame oil with rice vinegar adds a bold nutty flavor.

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Italian Cabbage Salad

Italian Cabbage Salad in a white bowl
lutzflcat

This recipe is the perfect example of how simple ingredients can have wow-worthy results. The key is using tarragon vinegar, which adds an herbaceous flavor to the entire dish.

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Waldorf Cabbage Salad

Waldorf Cabbage Salad in a white bowl
Bren

With all the crunchy sweetness of a traditional Waldorf salad, this cabbage version is even better because it can last for a day or more before wilting, unlike lettuce. If you're worried about presentation, some reviewers recommend sprinkling a little lemon juice on the apples to prevent browning.

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Mayo Free Cabbage Salad

Mayo Free Cabbage Salad on a white plate
Molly

Tangy, salty, and sweet—this cabbage salad is a world of flavor. The dressing is a trio of red wine vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar to create a delectable dish, no mayo required.

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Purple Cabbage Salad

Purple Cabbage Salad
Buckwheat Queen

Delicious any time of year, this red cabbage salad makes an especially eye-catching side dish for the holidays. With sweet dried cranberries and crunchy pine nuts, it's sure to be a favorite dish of the season.

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Ginger-Cabbage Salad

Ginger-Cabbage Salad on a white plate
LynnInHK

Basic shredded cabbage and carrots are given a serious flavor boost thanks to pickled ginger, crushed peanuts, and a drizzle of mirin. Serve as a side to your favorite Asian-inspired meal.

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Seafood and Cabbage Salad

Seafood And Cabbage Salad
Darla Collins

This salad is a world of flavors and colors featuring both red and green cabbage. "The dressing is so tangy and tasty and the salad is so colorful and crunchy. I made this for a party and everyone raved about it," reviewer Joyous says.

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Japanese-Style Cabbage Salad

Japanese-Style Cabbage Salad
Raio De Luz

Drizzled with sesame oil, rice vinegar, and just a hint of sugar, this salad is a Japanese-inspired twist on coleslaw. Reviewer DStam says: "My husband and I lived in Japan for a couple years and we're always looking for side dishes to go with our salmon and rice. This one was perfect!"

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Savoy Cabbage Salad

Savoy Cabbage Salad
Buckwheat Queen

"Crunchy and mild savoy cabbage is tossed with a pear, Pecorino Romano, walnuts, and Champagne vinegar for a delicate salad," recipe creator Buckwheat Queen says. Since all that's required is chopping and mixing, it's ready to serve in a quick 15 minutes.

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The Best Red Cabbage Salad

The Best Red Cabbage Salad
The Sea Salt

Earthy cabbage is the perfect base for pungent blue cheese and nutty slivered almonds. "Fan-freaking-tastic," Bruce Edwards raves. "Wow this was soo good and my kids loved it as well."

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Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Fig-Dijon Dressing

Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Fig-Dijon Dressing
Bibi

The homemade dressing is really what takes this salad from good to great. Dried figs, Dijon mustard, avocado oil, and raspberry vinegar combine for a boldly flavored vinaigrette.

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Red Cabbage Salad with Apples

Red Cabbage Salad with Apples in a blue bowl
Lena

When you need a super-simple side, but with an impressive flavor, this is the dish for you. Both apples and cabbage are shredded together before being tossed with white balsamic vinegar and a dash of honey.

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Cabbage Salad with Mango and Peanuts

Cabbage Salad with Mango and Peanuts in a brown bowl
lutzflcat

The dressing for this bright cabbage salad is described by recipe creator Ann D as "reminiscent of Thai peanut sauce." Paired with ripe mango and other veggies, it makes for a delicious main dish or filling side.

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Red Cabbage Salad

Red Cabbage Salad in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

A base of red cabbage and cauliflower are jazzed up in this salad recipe with Italian dressing, crispy bacon, and French-fried onions. "Brought this cabbage salad to a potluck and everyone loved it. The red cabbage really made it stick out compared to the other green salads," reviewer Dyner says.

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