Red Cabbage Salads

I  was looking for some salad recipes for red cabbage and came across these three in my Polish recipe books.

Two different methods are used to prepare the cabbage and I was intrigued to see how they would turn out.  They were both a success and I will be using them again.

Red Cabbage Salad 1

This method is in between using raw and cooked cabbage.


  • ½ head of red cabbage
  • 1 large Bramley Apple
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1- 2 teaspoon of sugar


Using a sharp knife shred the cabbage into fine slices.


Put the shredded cabbage into a pan and just cover with water, bring this to the boil and then let it simmer for 1 to 2 minutes – no more.


  • Strain the cabbage from the water,  pour the juice of a lemon over the cabbage and mix it in, as well as taste, this will give the cabbage a lovely colour, and leave it to cool.
  • Chop the cabbage into small pieces.
  • Note – next time I will chop into much smaller pieces.
  • Peel and coarse grate the apple and add this to the cabbage.


  • Chop the onion into fine pieces and add this to the cabbage.
  • Mix in the juice of another lemon and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add salt & pepper  and sugar to taste.

This salad goes well with roast pork, goose or duck.

Red Cabbage Salad 2 & 3

  • For these the  cabbage is grated on a coarse grater – this was quite hard to do but well worth it.
  • It is the dressing which makes these two salad different – both are delicious.

Red Cabbage Salad 2


  • ½ head of red cabbage
  • 1 Bramley apple
  • Juice of a lemon


  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of soured cream
  • 1 tablespoon of made-up mustard Polish, French or German style
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt & pepper & sugar to taste


  • Grated the cabbaged using a coarse grater
  • Peel and grate the apple using a coarse grater
  • Mix the grated cabbage and apple together.

Mix up all the ingredients for the dressing.







Add the dressing to the salad and thoroughly mix it all together.

Red Cabbage Salad 3


  • ½ head of red cabbage
  • 1 Bramley apple
  • 50g of chopped walnuts


  • 3 to 4  tablespoons of olive oil
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of runny honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste.


Grated the cabbaged using a coarse grater

  • Peel and grate the apple using a coarse grater
  • Mix the grated cabbage and apple together.
  • Mix the ingredients for the dressing and pour this over the salad and mix it in.
  • Chop the walnuts into small pieces and mix them in before serving.

A Little Note About Walnuts

Walnuts (Juglans regia) are native to south-east Europe and south-west China. They are the oldest tree food known dating back to 7,000 BC.

There are accounts of their cultivation in Babylon (now Iraq) in 2,000BC.

Juglans regia means means Jupiter’s royal nut.

They are the seed of a drupe (stone fruit) – not a true Botanical nut.

In Polish walnuts are orzechy włoskie  nuts Italian – so named it is thought as they were brought to Poland by traders from Imperial Rome.

Black walnuts (Juglans nigra) are native to North America.

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I love cooking and baking. I love trying out new recipes and currently am trying out many old favourites from my Polish cookbooks and family recipes. I am trying out many variations, often to make them easier but still delicious. I collect glass cake stands and china tableware, mainly tea plates, jugs and serving dishes, many of which I use on a daily basis. They are an eclectic mixture from the 20th & 21st century.

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