This red cabbage salad is refreshing, crunchy, nutty, tangy and oh sooo good! Super easy to whip up, it's perfect for a BBQ, entertaining or just a quite night in. I like pairing this with a heavy main such as a easy Greek-style chicken and potato bake or crispy and juicy Panko chicken schnitzel.
Forget about making a coleslaw with all that mayonnaise, give this recipe a go and you'll be amazed at just how simple this tangy, healthy salad is!
- Apple either green or red apples are good to use. Keep the skin on for added texture and good fibre!
- Roasted cashew nuts adds a nutty flavour and creamy texture. I like using cashew nuts as they're quite economical and deliciously creamy. Substitute: lightly toasted pine nuts.
- Parsley adds freshness so make it's a must! Substitute: coriander.
Step by step instructions
Best thing about a salad is that there's no cooking involved. Well, unless you want to add some grilled meats (which can easily become a light main).
- STEP 1. First thing, prepare the dressing and set it aside. All it requires is mixing extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper together. That's it.
- STEP 2. Finely slice the red cabbage and fresh parsley. Cut apple into matchstick sizes. Put these fresh vegetables together in a large bowl. Like image #2 above.
- STEP 3. Pour the dressing into the bowl of salad. Mix well with 2 spatulas or a pair of tongs.
- STEP 4. Just before serving, generously sprinkle roughly chopped roasted cashew nuts all over the salad.
By adding the roasted cashew nuts just before serving will keep it's crunch factor.
And that's it! Excellent side to have with pretty much any meal.
Why this is just a great salad
The apples and red cabbages adds sweetness (and crunch of course) to this salad. The lemon and olive oil dressing gives the salad a refreshing tang. And finally, the nutty, creamy roasted cashew nuts just perfectly brings all the ingredients together.
To turn this into a light but filling main, simply add some grilled meats (lamb, steak or chicken thighs) or rotisserie chicken pieces. Fuss free and soo delicious.
Trick to stop the apples from turning brown
Soak the apple matchsticks in lightly salted water for about 2 minutes will stop the apples from turning brown! No need to rince afterwards. Just go light with the salt. A good pinch of salt to 3 cups of water will do the trick for 1 - 2 apples.
Although, the red cabbages will turn the apple sticks a little red. I personally think slightly red apples look more appetising than brown apples. That's just me.
Other sides you might like
- Honey glazed carrots with walnuts - perfect with steaks or a sunday roast
- Puff pastry pizza - little crispy and light squares of yum
Thank you for checking out my recipes! Let me know what you think and/or if you have any questions, drop me a note in the comments section below. 🙂
Red cabbage salad
- 300 g / 11oz red cabbage about ½ of a cabbage, shredded
- 1 apple (red or green) cored, cut into thin match sticks (note 1)
- ½ cup fresh parsley finely sliced
- ½ cup roasted cashew nuts roughly chopped
- ½ tbsp lemon juice or juice of a small lemon half
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Combine salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- In a large salad bowl, add red cabbage, fresh parsley and apple sticks.
- Pour salad dressing into salad bowl, toss and mix salad thoroughly.
- Sprinkle cashew nuts over salad.
- Serve immediately.