This warm apple and cabbage salad is packed with flavor. It also comes together in about 20 minutes! Jump to the Warm Apple Cabbage Salad Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
How to Make Warm Apple and Cabbage Salad
Most often, we see salads that are cool and crisp — take this apple and celery salad, for example. It’s packed with crisp apples, crunchy celery, and fennel. It’s delicious, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a warm salad in our lives every once in a while!
For this warm apple salad, we lightly cook apples and cabbage with some garlic and celery. The cabbage wilts ever so slightly, but retains a bit of crunch. We love cooked cabbage around here, have you seen our lemon garlic sautéed cabbage or this fried cabbage with bacon?
When the apples and cabbage are slightly wilted, we take them off of the heat and toss them with a simple dressing made with apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard.
You could stop there, but to add a bit more texture and crunch, we love to add a handful of pecans, dried cranberries, and feta cheese.
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Recipe updated, originally posted November 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Warm Apple Cabbage Salad with Pecans
We just love this warm red cabbage and apple salad with dried cranberries, pecans and feta cheese. It’s versatile, too – you can add what you love. Instead of pecans, try walnuts or hazelnuts. Or instead of the cranberries – dried cherries, golden raisins and dried blueberries are wonderful.
You Will NeedSalad
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced celery hearts (3 to 4 stalks)
4 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (1 small head)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 apple, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch matchsticks
1/4 cup dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, apricots or raisins
1/4 cup toasted nuts like pecan halves, walnuts or pistachios
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and fresh ground black pepperCider Dressing
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pure honey
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Wilt Cabbage
1Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat. Add the celery and cook until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cabbage, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook for about 1 minute. Add the apple and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened, but not mushy.
- Make Salad
1While the vegetables cook, make the dressing. In the bottom of a serving bowl, whisk the mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and honey together. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Add the cabbage, apple and celery mixture then toss to coat.
2Mix in dried fruit, nuts and cheese. Serve warm.