Healthy Cabbage Salad

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I hadn’t planned on doing any more Thanksgiving side dishes for the blog because there are so many fantastic recipes out there at the moment but I had this cabbage salad tucked away and it occurred to me that it would make a nice addition to the table.   Most of us have turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and so many other heavy dishes along with the rich desserts and I think it’s important to include something light, crunchy and refreshing amongst all of that.

There are certain members in the family that always ask the question, “What weird dish is Robyn going to bring this year?” when holidays roll around and this year will be no exception.  Well, I’d hate to disappoint so they’re going to be eating this quirky, little cabbage salad.

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I made this one day because I wanted something  cleansing and energizing.  You know I love a little ‘bite’ in my meals so this combination of ingredients seemed to be just perfect.  Now looking at these, you would wonder – what was she thinking?  I have to admit, I wondered the same thing but I persevered and a great salad was born!  I also added apple which you don’t see there and it seemed to tie everything together.  Apple and cabbage together create such a invigorating flavor and next time I’ll add some sesame seeds, too.

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This salad is great raw, with a little lemon juice or with the dressing below.   There are so many cabbage salads on Thanksgiving dinner tables that are drowning in mayo so you must promise me not to do that with this one!  It will ruin all that healthy goodness and the taste as well.  Cheers!

Do you make quirky or unusual dishes?

Does your family comment on your cooking in a good way or bad way?

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I’d love to do a Thanksgiving roundup of readers’ recipes and it would be fabulous if you’d send in your pics!

I’ll be sharing this recipe with these fabulous bloggers.

Update:  I was so thrilled to get this picture from the mother/daughter team of Debbie and Stephanie the day after Thanksgiving.  They made this recipe and report that they really enjoyed it.  Thanks so much, beautiful Ladies! You truly made my week! They each have their own lovely blogs and you can visit by clicking on their names.Steph and Debbie

Healthy Cabbage Salad
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 4
  • Salad
  • 1/2 red cabbage, cut into thin strips
  • 3 spring onions, chopped, white part only
  • 1/2 bunch of red grapes, washed
  • 1 apple (I used Granny Smith), chopped. (peel if it’s not organic)
  • 1 cup of pineapple, chopped
  • 1.5 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • teaspoon raw honey
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.
  3. Serve salad raw or with a splash of lemon juice or drizzle with dressing.



  • Reply
    Debbie Harris
    November 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Well you won me over Robyn, this will be the”crunchy” salad I make for our Thanksgiving dinner.
    I can see how the apples and cabbage would go well together.
    It is always a pleasure to visit!
    Have a beautiful week, Debbie

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    November 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Oh, I love that you will make this, Debbie! Now you know you must take some pics, of course! lol. Didn’t know what you were getting into, did you?
    A wonderfully, Happy Thanksgiving to you! xoxo

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    November 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful dish Robyn, we did our first Thanksgiving dinner tonight and we always have one “light” dish like this, makes for a well rounded meal. Love this!
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      November 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Oh, your first, Cheri? I need to know more about this tradition! How many are you going to have? Sounds like heaven!
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    Anita Rivera
    November 20, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Good morning Robyn!! You are my food guru, because not only do you serve up tasty looking meals, but you always promote healthy eating. I believe in eating colorful food, and you do too. What a great combo here of antioxidant nutrients mixed together to deliver such a taste explosion! I LOVE CABBAGE and feel like now making a soup laden with it….it is very cold out here and something warm is calling me by name!

    Enjoy your day dear Robyn! Anita

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      November 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I`ve always wanted to be a food guru, Anita, haha! You absolutely made my day, sweet friend. oxo
      It truly was a taste explosion and I will make it again and again. Thanks always for popping by!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 20, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Now that is a colorful salad! Love your bright photos! My mom always said to eat the rainbow to stay healthy well I think you have it covered here. I love both sweet and savory in my salads so for me this is not quirky at all. I do it all the time. Just pinned and shared! Wishing you a fun but relaxing weekend.
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      November 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Bobbi! I love rainbow salads and I`m with you, I need loads of different flavours in there. Thanks for the pinnage! Hope you`re going to have some down time, too 🙂
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    November 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Love the looks of this, Robyn. There’s all kinds of crunch, sweet, tart, juicy, and spicy flavors and textures going on – perfect combination. I like making something different for the holidays too. It makes it interesting and fun, and in this case a little healthier. Have a great weekend!
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      November 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie. Don`t you love it when there`s a surprise in your salad. I like to bring a new dish to family gatherings each time otherwise the menu gets stale. Love when you visit!
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    November 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    With all the yummy, but heavy, foods of Thanksgiving your salad looks like perfection!
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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen
    November 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    This cabbage salad looks wonderful! I love bringing bright & beautiful salads like this one to family celebrations 🙂 I’ve been loving making salads with cabbage lately too!! Yum! And I’m the vegetarian of the family so I think that makes me the quirky one at all family get-togethers hehe 😉 Pinned 🙂
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      November 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      LOL, Ceara. Don`t you just love when they look at you all strange-like but then when they finally relent and taste it they have to admit you were right!
      Thanks for popping by.
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    November 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    This looks very good, Robyn! And I’m glad I saw comment that she would be making this salad for Thanksgiving because I was going to call her and tell her about it 🙂 It not only looks good AND pretty, the ingredients sound amazing.

    Thanks for sharing! Hugs to you!
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    November 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I think your salad looks wonderful! Yes, I am constantly trying new things and the other day one of my kids said to me, “can’t you just make the stuff that you already know we like?” My husband and I started laughing, because when I get into a rut and make the same things over and over again, I hear the refrain “can’t we have something new?” It’s a no-win some days with teenagers. Everyone likes cabbage here so I think I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays and I will share it on my Facebook page tomorrow afternoon. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you!
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    Gourmet Getaways
    November 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Aww…just look at those colours! Healthy fresh eats! Yum!

    Julie & Alesah
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    November 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    You got the name healthy fits really well. Sounds delicious for anytime of the year. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    November 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I love the grapes and pineapple. The flavors sound like they really pop in this salad. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites. We will be live tonight 8:30 EST. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    November 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    This looks so fresh and fabulous Robyn, yum!!!!!!!!!!

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    November 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls
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