Cabbage is one of those unsung heroes in the kitchen. You might not think too much about it, but it can be one of the most versatile veggies in your arsenal. From traditional slaws and salads to Indian-inspired curries and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, we predict you’ll be eating a lot of cabbage.
Crisp shredded apples and a sweet and tangy honey-lime vinaigrette give your regular cabbage slaw a serious upgrade. Pair it with everything from tacos to roast chicken to pork chops, or eat it on its own.
Inspired by Chinese egg rolls from your local take-out joint, this weeknight stir-fry starts with bagged coleslaw mix for a super-smart grocery store shortcut.
This classic cabbage recipe is usually reserved for weekends, since it can take a while to assemble. Luckily, this streamlined version is much faster and just as satisfying.
A bit of bacon fat transforms a simple pot of braised cabbage into something salty, savory, and that doesn’t need much more than cornbread to call it dinner.
Apple slices add sweetness and juicy crunch to this unique stir-fry that’s perfect served over rice but hearty enough to be enjoyed on its own, too.
While we love this no-cook dish in the summer, it can also be just what you’ve been craving in the winter months as well. The bright ginger dressing and the crunch of two types of cabbage can almost make you think the weather outside is delightful.
Also called pizzoccheri, this dish hails from the Lombardy region of Italy, and we consider it proof that potatoes and pasta do actually go well together. The traditional dish is made with buckwheat pasta, but you can substitute your favorite variety, like the orecchiette shown here.
If you haven’t tried roasting your cabbage in wedges, you don’t know what you’re missing. Similar to roasting Brussels sprouts, these roasted wedges have just enough of a char to add interest and transform a head of cabbage that’s been languishing in your crisper. And adding bacon — that’s a no brainer.
This rich broth-based soup is the perfect antidote to cold weather. And it’s easy to customize for your own tastes. Use chicken, turkey, or veggie stock and adjust the level of spice, sour, or salt to fit your mood. And the best part? You probably have most of the ingredients you need in your fridge already.
This is how you do shrimp tacos in salad form. All the very best elements — juicy, spice-dusted shrimp, crisp cabbage slaw, tangy crema, and creamy avocado — come together in one big bowl to form a seriously feel-good dinner salad that’s crisp, spicy, and fresh all at once.
Get all your greens taken care of in one dish with this crunchy slaw. You can substitute in seasonal produce as well. Just be sure to make plenty of dressing — believe us, you’ll want extra.
For the year-round grill masters, this is a recipe worth firing up the coals (or propane tank) for. The charred leaves provide the perfect balance for the spicy-sour dressing made with lime and cayenne. If grilling isn’t feasible, you can also roast the wedges for a similar charred effect.
There’s no easier weeknight meal than this sausage and cabbage combination. All it takes is a little sautéing, and you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to serve it with a healthy scoop of whole-grain mustard as well.
This tasty slaw makes use of both red and Savoy cabbage, and the roasting brings out the sweet flavor of both varieties. And because you’re roasting the cabbage after it’s been shredded, it’s incredibly quick to prepare. We think it’s the perfect companion for your favorite pizza.
Fish tacos are one of those secretly simple dishes. They always seem much harder to make than they actually are. And when paired with this red cabbage slaw and avocados, they are an irresistible weeknight meal.
Thanks to the fact that kohlrabi and cabbage are both hardy greens, this is the perfect make-ahead salad. Assemble it on the weekend for a weeknight dinner party — the dressing will just get better with time.
This vibrant dish is one of our favorites. It makes use of curry powder, coriander, and turmeric and is best when made with at least 4 percent milkfat yogurt. The rich curry sauce is also great when served over rice.
This crunchy stir-fry comes together in less than 10 minutes and is a tasty side for any meal. If you’re having trouble finding watercress, check your nearest Asian grocery store — they usually have the best selection of the green.
One of the best things about this slaw (aside from a delicious peanut dressing) is how you can add in any veggie you currently have in your fridge. Celery, bell peppers, and radishes all are fair game. And if you want to make it a full-on meal, add in some tofu and soba noodles to round it out.
Make a big bowl of this tangy salad for your next chili night. The crispness of the veggies paired with the tartness of the apple cider vinegar serves as a delicious contrast to a bowl of comforting chili.
This sweet, tangy, and crunchy retro recipe is one of our favorites. There’s a reason it has endured so long. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also inexpensive since it uses instant ramen noodles. You can opt to use a bagged slaw mix or shred your own cabbage. Either way, it’s a crowd-pleaser.
To make this weeknight-friendly pasta even easier to pull off pick up already prepped veggies from the grocery store salad bar, or even the bagged stuff in the produce section.
A Parmesan cheese rind bolsters the broth of this simple soup and makes it far more flavorful than cabbage soups you may have had in the past.
If you prefer to keep this rich gratin meatless, you can easily leave out the bacon and swap the bacon fat in for butter.
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