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Staring at a pile of shredded cabbage, what salad should I make?

Hi all, I have about four cups of shredded cabbage and want to turn it into a salad or three to eat over the next few days. What would you do with it?

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  1. I'm not sure about salads...but some Okonomiyaki (japanese pancake) would be great with that. Cooking With Dog on youtube has a great recipe

    1. Asian Style.......Slaw with rice, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil.....or salad with peanut dressing. For the latter, I like the addition of a little heat either with pepper flaked or some type of sliced fresh hot peppers.

      Edit: I also like cabbage with Japanese Ginger/Daikon/Carrot Dressing.

      1. Ginger Cabbage is delicious - sprinkle cabbage w/ fresh chopped or dried ginger, squeeze a couple of lemons over it; salt and pepper, and toss. Put in bowl; weight down with a plate, and let sulk for a day. Next day, toss, sprinkle w/ toasted sesame seeds and serve. Good stuff.

        1. I've got Asian on the brain as well.....this Burmese Ginger salad is spectacularly good. :)


          1. We started making mayo-free cole slaw years ago (hot weather, and kids who didn't like mayo): shredded cabbage, red peppers, onions, garlic, and sometimes celery or fennel, tossed with olive oil and red wine vinegar or lemon juice. The trick is to cut everything up the same way - julienne. The next day any leftovers hit the wok and make a tasty side. I do sometimes substitute sesame oil for the olive, and add some sesame seeds and hot pepper flakes - nice over rice.

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            1. re: elenacampana

              Yeah, I love vinegar-based cole slaw--feels much more like I'm eating vegetables. I do a simpler one, though--just shredded cabbage and carrots, olive oil, wine vinegar, a little sugar, celery seed, sometimes caraway, and salt. Yum! And it only gets better the longer it stays in the fridge.

              1. re: elenacampana

                I have been making that kind of cabbage salad for years. The essentials to the dressing being olive oil, red wine vinegar, black pepper and salt. Celery and garlic fit in. We are not into mayo here. You are right that sesame oil is a good variation. How about using Napa Chinese cabbage with the sesame oil and maybe a few bean sprouts to get an "Asian" salad? I have made salads based on Chinese cabbage. Get a little finely diced ginger into it or some ginger juice. I have a ginger grater for that

              2. Many years ago a friend of mine was a missionary in Belize in a village with no refridgeratin and they made this slaw as a side. I make it to this day.

                Shredded cabbage
                White vinegar
                veggie oil
                Lawry's seasoned salt and pepper
                Chopped fresh tomatoes
                Chopped cukes, peeled and seeded
                Pinch of sugar is optional

                Very simple. You can mix it up with another vinegar an different oil.

                1. Four cups shredded is not very much. It will decrease in bulk as it cooks or marinates. You should make a simple slaw, or braise it with onions, garlic, and balsamic vinegar for a couple of portions of sweet/sour cabbage. One of my standard soups is made by braising diced kielbasa, adding onion, then when the onion is browning, garlic, chicken stock, cabbage, sliced peeled apple (and/or apple cider), rice or beans, and caraway.

                  1. Isn't there a cabbage/ramen salad out there? I've had them at pot luck's and liked them. Kinda "kitchy" but nice and crunchy. My husband isn't a fan of cabbage, so I haven't made it at home.
                    You could do a cabbage/tomato/onion soup and freeze it in appropriate serving sizes.
                    Combine with browned ground pork seasoned with garlic, ginger, pepper, 5 spice pwdr, some onion, even shredded carrots and make dumplings/eggrolls....

                    1. I just ran across this recipe in the Lee Brothers' Simple Fresh Southern and am going to make it for dinner tonight. I don't have red cabbage so it will be all green.


                      1. the beloved Bon Appetit Super Slaw. i add a little heat and toasted sesame to mine.

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                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Do you think tahini could sub well in this? I am always scared to serve peanuts to kids these days.

                          1. re: magiesmom

                            definitely, though i'd add a little toasted sesame oil to amp up the flavor. or you could use sunflower butter!

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Both suggestions sound great. Always happy to have an excuse to use sunny butter/

                        2. I'm a slaw lover. Doesn't matter what kind.

                          1. Doesn't have to be salad. Shredded cabbage makes a wonderful stir-fry. Add a teaspoon each of soy sauce, sherry, and sugar. Toss in any odd bits of leftover pork or some canned French fried onions or maybe a few shrimp., anything, or have it plain as a vegetable.

                            1. As another poster said, 4 cups is not much at all.

                              One thing I would do with it is make simple chicken & cabbage soup. Three or four chicken legs, or a couple of thighs, some smashed garlic maybe, salt, simmer for 15-20 min or so; then add the cabbage (all of it), simmer to desired tenderness (5-10 min is plenty!). Add parsley if desired. Eat.

                              Is the cabbage really finely shredded, I mean really finely? If so, it would be a great accompaniment - raw - for something like warm crispy tonkatsu...

                                1. Actually the coleslaw on Chowhound is pretty impressive! Made a coleslaw lover out of me!

                                  1. I had some coleslaw mix and added just salt, pepper, and lime juice, served it with grilled salmon and gaucamole and loved it.

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                                    1. re: bythebay

                                      speaking of guac, avocado puree thinned out with a little olive oil and lemon or lime juice makes a great mayo substitute. season with salt & pepper and whatever herbs you're feelin' at the moment, and you've got slaw dressing!

                                    2. I got this recipe in an email yesterday and can't wait to try it.

                                      Asian Coleslaw

                                      1/3 cup orange marmalade
                                      1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
                                      1 tablespoon sugar
                                      1 tablespoon sesame oil
                                      1 1/2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
                                      1 teaspoon salt
                                      1 bag (16 oz) coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
                                      4 medium green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)

                                      In large bowl, mix all ingredients except coleslaw mix and onions until well blended. Stir in coleslaw mix and onions.
                                      Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes to blend flavors but no longer than 24 hours.

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                                      1. re: Leepa

                                        I'm curious to know whether this is too sweet?

                                        1. re: magiesmom

                                          the third cup marmalade could certainly put it over the edge but as a sweet coleslaw orange marmalade sounds interesting along with the Asian flavors. Sweet and bitter can play well together.

                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                            yes, I like sweet and bitter. I think a ginger marmalade might work in small amounts.

                                          2. re: magiesmom

                                            I can let you know after this weekend....

                                        2. This is really easy and tasty. Add a big handful of chopped cilantro and toss it with a raspberry viniagrette and a lot of pepper, plus some salt.

                                          1. Cabbage salsa!
                                            Combine shredded cabbage, some diced tomatoes, diced onions, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, minced garlic, diced jalapeno pepper (fresh or pickled), some salt and sugar or agave syrup to taste. Let sit for a couple of hours. Serve with tortilla chips. YUM.

                                            1. I would stir-fry it. Heat up vegetable oil in a skillet, then briefly cook lots of smashed garlic until fragrant. Add cabbage and stir fry over high heat until it begins to brown, then add red pepper flakes to taste. At this point there will be a bit of crust forming on the pan so add 1/4 cup of water or stock to deglaze, then turn heat to medium, cover and steam until tender. Finish it with salt and a dash of mild vinegar to taste. Four cups should make enough for a side dish.

                                              1. tahini dressing (tahini / lemon juice / bit of olive oil / salt and pepper / some crushed cumin and coriander / sour cream / enough water to make a pourable dressing), some raisins, toasted pine nuts or almonds, chopped fresh coriander.
                                                works particularly well with shredded red cabbage, but also delicious with other cabbages.

                                                1. Lebanese coleslaw salad:

                                                  coleslaw + tomatoes + cucumbers + parsley (just a little bit, but optional)
                                                  add dressing
                                                  1/4 cup olive oil +2 tbs lemon juice + 1 minced garlic clove + mint (dried or fresh) + salt + pepper

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                                                  1. re: maabso

                                                    Edit: substitute the word 'coleslaw' with 'cabbage' above, but I'm sure you got the idea ;)

                                                  2. Wow, I will definitely be revisiting this thread to try more of the ideas.

                                                    I made two slaws - one with apples and one with dried cranberries and pepitas and sesame seeds. I then sauteed a bunch of it and served some spicy bean and potato hash over top, with a couple of spoonfuls of greek yogurt on the side. This was my favourite. I ended up tossing the last of it (again sauteed) with a little bacon, mushrooms, and whole wheat pasta. Pretty good too.

                                                    The cabbage was a surprisingly useful and economical thing to have in the fridge, so will definitely be keeping it on hand more.