Red cabbage in wooden bowl with two yellow apple slices on top.
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Easy Cabbage Apple Salad Recipe

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Introducing a crisp and refreshing delight for your taste buds – the Cabbage Apple Salad. This vibrant creation combines the bold flavors of shredded red cabbage and the sweet, tangy goodness of Golden Delicious apples, harmoniously brought together with a zesty dressing. A symphony of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and the subtle kick of caraway seeds dances on your palate, elevating this salad to a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. Whether you’re seeking a colorful side dish for a summer picnic or a crunchy and flavorful accompaniment to your hearty winter meals, this salad is a versatile gem that’s sure to please.

Red cabbage in wooden bowl.

The vibrant colors and crisp textures in this Cabbage Apple Salad not only make it a feast for the eyes but also a treat for your senses. As you delve into the interplay of sweet and savory flavors, each bite presents a delightful contrast that keeps you coming back for more. It’s a salad that effortlessly transitions from a side dish to the star of your table, promising to be a favorite year-round with its balance of flavors and a touch of delightful nostalgia from the caraway seeds.

Ingredients You Will Need

Ingredients for cabbage apple salad on wooden board.
  • Red Cabbage
  • Golden Delicious Apples
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Caraway Seeds

Equipment You May Need

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to peel the apples? It’s not necessary to peel the apples, especially if you enjoy the added texture and color provided by the apple peels. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can peel them.

How finely should I shred the cabbage? Shred the cabbage into thin, manageable strips, which ensures a pleasant texture in the salad.

Can I make the salad ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the salad in advance, but it’s best to add the dressing just before serving to keep the cabbage and apples crisp.

What is the role of caraway seeds in the salad? Caraway seeds provide a unique and slightly anise-like flavor that complements the sweetness of the apples and the acidity of the vinegar. They add depth to the salad’s overall taste.

What can I serve this salad with? Cabbage apple salad pairs well with a variety of dishes, such as grilled meats, cheeseburgers, and sandwiches, or as a refreshing side for BBQs and picnics.

Substitutions and Variations

Cabbage: If red cabbage isn’t available, you can substitute it with green cabbage or a combination of both for a different color and flavor profile.

Apples: While Golden Delicious apples are recommended, you can use other sweet apple varieties like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala.

Caraway Seeds: If you’re not a fan of caraway seeds, you can omit them or use fennel seeds, dill seeds, or celery seeds for a different aromatic twist.

Nuts: Add some toasted nuts like slivered almonds or walnuts for extra crunch and flavor.

Greek Yogurt Dressing: Instead of olive oil, use Greek yogurt for a creamy dressing that adds a tangy kick to the salad.

Bacon Bits: For a savory twist, sprinkle crispy bacon bits over the salad for added flavor.

Feta Cheese: Crumble some feta cheese over the top for a creamy, tangy element that complements the sweet apples and cabbage.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If you like salads, you might also like my Mexican Macaroni Salad or my Recipe for Grape Salad. This Apple Pecan Fall Salad and this Apple Salad are also delicious.

Final Thoughts

My family enjoyed this salad with our steaks, but it would make a great side for any main dish. For a stronger flavor, I will probably double the Dijon mustard next time.

Red cabbage in wooden bowl with two yellow apple slices on top.

Cabbage Apple Salad

Heidi Bruaw
Cabbage Apple Salad combines red cabbage and Golden Delicious apples with a zesty dressing. It's great for any season!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 7 Cups Red Cabbage finely shredded
  • Cups Golden Delicious Apple diced
  • Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Carawy Seeds


  • In a large bowl, combine the shredded red cabbage and Golden Delicious apples. Set aside.
  • In a sealable container, combine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and caraway seeds.
  • Seal the container tightly and shake vigorously.
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently.
  • Cover and chill for at least four hours for the best flavor.
Keyword Cabbage Apple Salad
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