The Best Purple Cabbage Salad

The Best Purple Cabbage Salad

The Best Purple Cabbage Salad will be a go to salad for so many meals! It keeps for a couple of days and full of nutrition and yummy textures!

Is it Red or Purple Cabbage

It’s kind of both. Your red cabbage, full of nutrition, has these powerful compounds called anthocyanins. That’s what gives this amazing veggie its brilliant purple color. 

Now if you want to stick with the green cabbage, then jump over to this cabbage and apple salad. Lawsy, I love loading it on chili dogs and devouring. 

Red Cabbage Salad with Apples

Nothing’s tastier than crispy sweet apples. After literally scrubbing them well to remove residue and any other things, I usually leave the skins on. 

The beautiful red of the apple’s exterior adds to the color and beauty of this salad. And, this is important, I believe, in creating dishes. 

Just like getting dressed for something special, you consider colors, combinations, accessories and style. I do the same with food. 

Cabbage Salad Recipe

As you’ll see from my photos, I love to serve salads on platters. Just ensure that it’s a large platter that will accommodate the salad, plus leave space and room for moving around as folks scoop out their helpings. 

It helps to choose a platter that’s not totally ‘flat’! Everything falls off! 


Recipes for Cabbage Salad

Now, I’m Croatian and Eastern Europeans love their cabbage. You’ll find many more here. Just a few of my faves. 

Bokchoy Cabbage Ginger Slaw

mandarin blueberry chinese cabbage salad

Easy Healthy Fruit Caprese Salad

Red Cabbage in Salad

And, you may have thought cabbage was only for coleslaw. Not so. Cabbage is perfect in salads. 

It’s a great source of vitamin K and gives you small amounts of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. 

And, talk about fiber. Well, you’re getting lots of it which is great for digestion and keeping your digestive system healthy. 

Cabbage Blue Cheese Salad

Another thing that I love is blue or bleu cheese! Yep, I’m also a gorgonzola cheese lover. And, if you want the best coleslaw ever with blue or bleu, then here you go. 

blue cheese coleslaw

Blue Cabbage Salad

Other ‘blues’ in this salad? Yes, we’re throwing in fresh blueberries. When you get a pop of those sweet berries in some bites, well, it’s unexpected. 

Kind of like a mini charcuterie on your palate, the blueberries paired with the blue/bleu crumbles sure does please. 

Dressing for Coleslaw

This dressing for coleslaw, if you can call this salad ‘coleslaw’ is simple. You have the option of adding about three tablespoons of avocado oil based mayonnaise.  It adds a touch of creaminess to the dressing. 

Why should you use avocado based mayo? Well, it’s complicated, but here’s why I do. And, it’s a pithy explanation. My goal with food is to look for small ways that I can create more nutrition and improve my health as I mature. You certainly can and will make your choice. 

Using avocado oil ensures that the mayo is filled with what are considered good, healthy fats (the monounsaturated ones). And of course eggs are another key ingredient for avocado mayonnaise that’s a keto- and Paleo-favorite dietitians love. “Eggs contain all the essential amino acids your body needs.”

Turkish Red Cabbage Salad

Another great way to use your purple or red cabbage is with a simple Turkish red cabbage salad. 

It’s fabulous and great as a side dish. Top on tacos, hot dogs and more. 

Here’s what you do:

  • Slice about half of a head of red cabbage very thin. 
  • Put about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a zip lock bag, add about one teaspoon of salt and juice of one lemon. 
  • Optional: One teaspoon of sugar. You can also add chopped flat parsley and swap lemon juice and use red wine vinegar, about 2 tablespoons. 
  • Add the sliced cabbage to the bag. Toss and blend. Refrigerate. 
  • Serve this cabbage with other things like pepperoncini, cucumbers, pepper slices, and more. 

Hope you become a red or purple cabbage lover! 

The Best Purple Cabbage Salad

The Best Purple Cabbage Salad

The Best Purple Cabbage Salad

Yield: Serves: About 4-6


  • 3 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced, packed
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced, packed
  • 1 large crispy juicy apple, peel left on, bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, can substitute gorgonzola or omit completely
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice, optional to zest
  • 3 Tbl. avocado oil mayo, optional


Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Toss and blend.

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper (mayo optional).

Blend well. Serve or refrigerate until served.


If you want to swap out blue cheese for gorgonzola, no problem. You can also opt to use feta or goat cheese or no cheese at all. It's all up to you and your preferences!

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The Best Purple Cabbage Salad



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  1. Benita Soward says:

    This looks so freshly amazing!!

    1. Benita! Thank you for stopping by to check it out! It is, indeed, a fabulous salad, not your typical ‘coleslaw’ but a combination of flavors and textures that are the bomb! Plus, it lasts a few days in the refrig. I even top it on hot dogs! Don’t be a stranger! xoxx ally

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