Red Cabbage Salad Recipe with +12 Ideas for Variations and Cooking Video

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I present my red cabbage salad recipe in this post. This cabbage salad is the raw food temptation par excellence 🙂

Red coleslaw has a side dish tradition with us. It goes well with a wide variety of dishes and harmonises excellently with meat and even fish. The raw vegetable salad is extremely healthy and has earned a place at your table from breakfast to dinner.

Top variations of this salad are on the table today. In addition to delicious marinades and dressings, I will show you various combinations and toppings. Cabbage salad as a main course –> let yourself be tempted!

Cooking success is guaranteed today, because in addition to the instructions there is a cooking video and a table with more than 12 variations. I wish you good luck and bon appétit!

1. Prepare Red Cabbage Salad Fresh Tips

Prepare yourself optimally for your herb event. My MINI summary is helpful:

I will discuss other ingredient variants later in a table.

It is essential to supplement with a cold-pressed oil – only the oil enables the absorption of the valuable cabbage nutrients.!

Nutrition tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Types of cuts for red cabbage salad
You can chop cabbage for the salad in different ways: left very finely grated, centre finely grated, right cut into thin strips.

Be sure to knead the cabbage, as it only becomes soft when combined with salt!

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt

2. Prepare Red Cabbage Salad in 3 Top Variations

Fancy cooking for yourself? Here are some impressions of the different options to help you decide whether you want a side salad, starter or main course. At the same time we pay attention to type-appropriate nutrition 🙂

Red cabbage salad close-up
Red cabbage salad with caramelised goat’s cheese slice, topped with orange fillets and pomegranate seeds
—> Starter, main course: Home office bon vivant lunch.
Orange red cabbage salad
Red cabbage salad with oranges, pomegranate seeds and walnuts
—> Side Salad from the Tuning Kitchen: Vegan happiness maker, daughter happiness tuner , alkaline health nourisher
Red Cabbage Salad Sheep Cheese Close-up
Red cabbage salad with feta cheese
—> Quick number for aesthetes, greek seducer, main course, home office or dinner quickie…

3. Recipe Red Cabbage Salad

Here you will find the exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions with lots of photos. You can also serve the salad without oranges, pomegranate or… or… Be inspired and enjoy!

By the way, you can send me a cooking question directly via the comment function!

Red Cabbage Salad

Prepared, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt

Servings 2
Calories 408
Total Time 15 Min.
Preparation Time 10 Min.
Cook Time 5 Min.

Simple variants recipe for red cabbage salad

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Red cabbage salad close-up
Dressed red cabbage salad close-up. Coleslaw served in the middle, topped with orange fillets and pomegranate seeds, on top a caramelized goat cheese slice.



1-2 pc Oranges
1 pc Lemon (I use organic lemon)
1 tbs balsamico (I use 12 year old vinegar)
4 pinches Salt (I use primal salt or Himalayan salt)
3 pinches Pepper black, ground
2 pinches Cayenne pepper (I use optional)
1 tbs oliv oil

Salad ingredients

250 g red cabbage (I use organic vegetables)
1/4 tsp Sugar (I use brown cane sugar)
5 twigs mint
4-5 pc walnut kernels
1 tbs pomegranate seeds (I use optional)

Variant with cheese

1 pc goat's cheese roll (Optional for cheese caramelised variant)
2 tbs brown sugar (Optional for cheese caramelised variant)
some Cress (Optional for cheese caramelised variant)
1 pc sheep's cheese (Optional for variant with sheep’s cheese)


Red cabbage salad ingredients
Ingredients for red cabbage salad on a kitchen board.

Prepare ingredients

Prepare the ingredients, remove the outer leaves from the cabbage.

Squeeze lemon
Lemon half on a lemon squeezer.

Prepare juice

Optionally, squeeze a lemon and prepare the juice for the marinade.

Orange juice and orange fillets
Orange juice in bowl and orange fillets.

Prepare oranges

Peel and fillet the oranges, collect the orange juice in a bowl. Set aside the orange fillets.

The orange filleting cooking school shows you how to do this step by step.

Red cabbage salad dressing
Mixed dressing for the red cabbage salad.

Prepare marinade

Mix the orange juice, optional lemon juice and balsamic vinegar with a little salt, pepper, sugar and cayenne pepper to make a sweet and sour marinade.

Slowly stir in the olive oil.

Red cabbage - red cabbage
Sliced red cabbage head which is also called red cabbage

Cut cabbage

Cut the cabbage head in half with a sharp knife.

Types of cuts for red cabbage salad
You can chop cabbage for the salad in different ways: on the left very finely grated, in the middle finely grated, on the right cut into thin strips.

Cut types

Decide on a variant of the type of cut from the blue cabbage:

finely grated, coarsely grated or cut into fine strips.

Cut red cabbage
Finely chopped red cabbage in a bowl.

Marinade cabbage

Add the cut cabbage to the marinade in the bowl, add salt and knead with your hands.

Important: Cabbage discolours the hands, you can put on gloves or the “fresh cabbage processed proof” – blue hands, proudly show!

Marinated red cabbage salad
Marinated red cabbage salad in the bowl. Kneading (mechanical action) and salt (chemical action) make the herb soft and taste better.

Rest time

Let the cabbage salad stand for a few minutes.

You can also serve the salad as a simple side salad.

Simple salad with oranges, pomegranate and walnuts

Red cabbage salad
Red cabbage salad variant with orange.

Variant 1

Cut the pomegranate in half and carefully pick out the seeds.

You can also do this under water and then sieve out the seeds.

The cooking school preparing pomegranate seeds shows you how to do this step by step with a cooking video.

Arrange the salad on a plate, decorate with pomegranate seeds, orange fillets and walnuts and serve.

Supplement with feta cheese

Red Cabbage Salad Sheep Cheese Close-up
Red cabbage salad with sheep cheese close-up.

Variant 2

Remove the feta cheese from the packaging and break into pieces.

Arrange the salad and serve decorated with orange fillets, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, pieces of feta cheese and cress.

Complement with caramelised goat’s cheese roll

Goat cheese roll cut open
Preparatory work for caramelizing goat cheese: cut the goat cheese roll into slices, prepare the sugar and pan.

Prepare cheese

For the variation with goat’s cheese, prepare a pan, sugar, goat’s cheese roll and creme brulee burner.

Goat cheese slices
Goat cheese slices

Cut cheese

Cut the goat’s cheese roll into slices, a thickness of 0.5-0.8 mm has proven to be best.

Goat cheese slices in sugar
How to Make Caramelized Goat Cheese … Here's the second step, pressing the cheese slices into the sugar.

Sugar cheese

Press the rounded goat’s cheese slices into the sugar with the cut surface.

Sugared goat cheese roll
Caramelize the goat cheese, place the sugared goat cheese slices in a pan.

Place cheese

Then place the goat’s cheese slices in the pan with the sugar side up.

Caramelize the goat cheese
Sugared slices from the goat cheese roll while caramelising with the creme brulee burner.

Caramelise cheese

Place the pan on a trivet or on the cooker because of the possible heat exposure downwards.

Caramelise the sugar layer with the creme brulee burner.

Caramelized cheese
Caramelized slices from the goat cheese roll photographed in the pan.

Rest time

Allow the caramelised cheese to cool briefly and arrange the salad.

Red cabbage salad close-up
Dressed red cabbage salad close-up. Coleslaw served in the middle, topped with orange fillets and pomegranate seeds, on top a caramelized goat cheese slice.


Arrange the salad in heaps in the centre of the plate.

Decorate with orange fillets and pomegranate seeds, sprinkle with walnuts and place the caramelised cheese slices on top.


You can mix lemon juice with orange juice or alternatively use a white wine vinegar. Balsamic vinegar and other fruity balsamic vinegars also harmonise wonderfully with raw vegetable salad.

4. Calories and Nutritional Values

5. Ideas for More than 12 Variations

You can vary the classic blue cabbage salad in many ways and refine it individually. Here are my top 3 variations with photos and a table with even more ideas.:

Ingredient Description
Vinegar White wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Fruit juicePomegranate juice, orange juice, lemon juice, berry juice
Dairy productsYoghurt, sour cream, soy yoghurt
OilWalnut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, other cold-pressed oils
SpicesTurmeric, curry
Fresh fruitOrange fillets, grated apple or pear, figs, pomegranate seeds
VegetablesFennel, celery, courgette, cucumber
Nuts & SeedsCashews, peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts
Dried fruitGoji berries, sultanas, figs, dates

6. What red cabbage salad goes with

The simple cabbage salad comes as a side salad to the mixed salad. I have already shown you the variations for a cabbage main course. We even know it as an accompaniment to Viennese schnitzel, at the salad buffet in general and it sometimes even has a place at the breakfast buffet.

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