Wondering what to do with all your cabbage? Check out this list of the best cabbage recipes! From nourishing soups, to hearty salads, and tasty stir-fries, cabbage is undoubtedly a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
Why Cabbage Should Be Part Of Your Routine
Cruciferous vegetables always have a place in my kitchen, especially cabbage. One head, whether it’s green or red, will take you far not just in numerous (and ridiculously good) recipes, but health-wise too! And if that doesn’t convince you, how about this – not only is cabbage incredibly easy to cook, but it will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. So whenever you need a nutrient-dense, veggie-heavy meal, put that head of cabbage to use!
Here’s a few reasons why I love cabbage:
- It’s relatively inexpensive. Given how many servings one head of cabbage produces, it’s relatively inexpensive! One small head can serve up to 6 people on its own. And when you add other ingredients in a soup or stir-fry, it can serve up to 8!
- It’s extremely versatile. Lots of vegetables are considered versatile. But cabbage is quite unique with how many different types there are. You can roll and stuff it, sauté the leaves, roast in wedges, and so much more!
- A great anti-inflammatory ingredient. Like many cruciferous vegetables, cabbage has a variety of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. So if you have an autoimmune disease, gut disorder or other inflammatory conditions, it’s a good idea to incorporate more cabbage into your diet (after checking with your doctor of course).
- Nutrient and vitamin powerhouse! Cabbage leaves are bountiful in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, fiber, folate, and iron. So yes, cabbage is a powerful, healthy meal!
Cabbage Soup Recipes With A Tasty Twist
A big pot of cabbage soup is truly good for the soul – it tastes good and makes you feel good from the inside out. There’s the classic version made with tomatoes and mirepoix vegetables that never gets old. But there’s plenty of room for creativity here! Add in a variety of meats, legumes, extra-hearty vegetables, or even blend it up into a velvety soup. Here’s a few appetizing ideas.
- Best Cabbage Soup: When you need a light and healthy soup to sip on, you can always count on this classic cabbage soup.
- Red Cabbage Soup with Orange Sauce: Oh yes, you can boil and blend cabbage into this beautifully purple, creamy soup! And with the addition of beets, white beans, and fresh oranges, it’s quite the nutritional powerhouse.
- Cabbage Minestrone with Chickpeas: This brings your typical minestrone soup up a notch – with fewer ingredients! Simmered cabbage helps to sweeten the broth, while the veggie chickpea mixture creates a deliciously chunky texture.
- Farmhouse Cabbage, Sausage, and White Bean Stew: If you want to beef up your cabbage soup with meaty flavors, opt for ground pork! Then toss in a few pantry items like white beans and diced tomatoes for an easy peasy dinner made in less than 30 minutes.
Stir-Fried Cabbage – 4 Ways!
Stir-frying cabbage is one of the best ways to bring out its natural sweetness. Cooking it with a simple butter, garlic, salt, and pepper mix is seriously good. So just imagine what it would taste like when you sauté it with bacon or ginger!
- Sautéed Cabbage: All you need are butter (or ghee), garlic, and onions to perfectly caramelize cabbage in this super easy side dish!
- Fried Cabbage: This is a personal favorite – because bacon. But there’s also hints of stone ground mustard and paprika that really brings sautéed cabbage to the next level.
- Stir Fried Cabbage: Add some texture to your stir-fry with crunchy carrots and crisp scallions. And when you toss it with this gingery, spiced stir-fry sauce, the flavors are out of this world.
- Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry: A classic Chinese cabbage stir-fry that’s quick to make and so satisfying. It’s savory, tangy, and needs just a couple of dried chilis along with a few splashes of Chinese pantry sauces to pull it all together!
The Best Cabbage Recipes In Salad Form
Cabbage salads are not only vibrant, but also durable (a benefit when it comes to meal prep). You can shred it into the most amazing slaws, slice into wedges spooned with savory toppings, or thinly slice pieces for a subtle crunch in your favorite salad.
- Pulled Pork, Cabbage, and Arugula Salad: Sliced red cabbage adds a bright pop of purple and crunch to this savory pulled pork salad.
- Warm Sweet Potato Noodles, Cabbage, and Lentil Salad: A super hearty, veggie-heavy salad, with a vegetarian protein boost!
- Wedge Salad with Tahini Ranch: Sure, a classic wedge salad is great. But this version that’s layered on a creamy tahini sauce and sprinkled with tender herbs and toasted seeds is a thousand times better. Trust me.
- Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw: This simple, fall-inspired cabbage slaw just needs some shredded kale, red cabbage, carrots, and parsley! Oh, and don’t forget the dijon vinaigrette – it really ties it all together.
This is just a starting point to many more delicious cabbage recipes to come! And if you happen to give any of these a try, I’d love to hear what you think in a comment below!
12+ Tasty Cabbage Recipes
The most unique and tasty set of cabbage recipes that will prove why this vegetable should be a fridge staple! This pulled pork, cabbage, and arugula salad is one of my personal favorites.
Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 960mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 2533IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 2mg
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