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Red cabbage slaw with walnuts and raisins

If you haven’t tried raw red cabbage slaw before, now is the time to do so! This crunchy and slightly sweet side is perfect during the winter and will keep you coming back for more.

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Red cabbage is one of my favourite surprise discoveries so far. Sure, I was familiar with the cooked dish that is frequently seen on German lunch tables.

But beyond that, I was at a complete loss about how to use up a big head of red cabbage.

In this article, I will show you a delicious way of using up extra red cabbage as a crunchy red cabbage slaw. Mixed with delicious walnuts and sweet raisins, it’ll keep you coming back for more.

Red cabbage slaw

The original recipe recommends blue cheese as a topping. But so far, I haven’t been brave enough to even buy it. Hence, my recommendation is making this recipe without the cheese.

But if you would really like to up the protein in this crunchy and delightful slaw then feta cheese is a great option. Or blue cheese, if you like it.

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This beautiful salad with its vibrant colors keeps really well for quite a few days, even when mixed with the dressing. My husband feels it actually gets better after a few days.

Red cabbage slaw in a jar

You can easily turn this recipe into a salad in a jar: Add a quarter of the dressing ingredients to each four 16-oz, wide-mouth mason jars. Now add the raisins and walnuts. Finally, fill up the jar with shredded red cabbage. If you like, top with blue cheese or feta.

Now you have a quick grab-n-go lunch sitting in your fridge, ready to take to work. Just shake it vigorously for a minute to mix up the ingredients and lunch is served.

However, this slaw gets even better once it had a chance to sit and marinate for a while. So you might as well mix up a big batch (minus the optional cheese) and then divide it up between your jars. Add the cheese as a separate topping to extend its life in the fridge.

You might also enjoy:
Massaged kale salad with apples & cranberries

The Simple Balance Tip

If your food processor comes with a blade for thin slices, shred the entire head of cabbage in one go. Packed into resealable freezer bags, this shredded cabbage will keep for a few days.

Use it to whip up a single portion of this crisp and delightful slaw. Or just add a handful of the colorful shreds to any other salad you prepare.

There are, however, seasons in life when there’s no energy left for that sort of undertaking. In this case, buy pre-shredded red cabbage. And enjoy the fact that someone else made a living by shredding it for you.

Either way, if you are looking for a break from your regular side dishes and good old green salads, go ahead and give this beautiful slaw a shot.

I promise you won’t regret it.

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Yield: 4 servings

Red cabbage slaw with walnuts and raisins

Red cabbage slaw with walnuts and raisins

A quick and easy slaw recipe can be made in a manner of minutes. It's so delightfully crunchy and packed with flavour - it'll keep coming back for more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped and lightly toasted*
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, I prefer white balsamic vinegar for this
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Shred cabbage in wedges, using either a mandolin or the slicer attachment of your food processor. If you have neither, cut cabbage into fine strips, using a sharp knife. Add to a large bowl.
  2. Lightly toast your walnuts in a hot pan, then chop and add to red cabbage along with raisins, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Then mix with a large spoon.
  3. Add salt and pepper according to your taste and preferences - we're not big on pepper so the amount above is on the cautious side. Definitely add more if you love the flavour!
  4. Serve and enjoy - even better the next day!


If you like it, add 1-2 oz of blue cheese or feta for added protein. I recommend not mixing it right into the salad, though, if you want to keep it in the fridge for a few days. Instead, serve the cheese as a topping. If it's a rather big head of cabbage, feel free to add more walnuts and raisins. If you love the flavour of walnuts and raisins, I suggest doing so either way... 😉 *Toasting the walnuts adds great flavour, however, if you are short on time or energy, feel free to omit this step. It still tastes great with untoasted walnuts!

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 470mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
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