Quick Cabbage Slaw

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This quick, simple cabbage slaw is a staple in my house. Perfect when you need something acidic to balance a savory dish.

simple cabbage slaw
Quick Cabbage Slaw

This is perfect along side my Slow Cooker Pernil Recipe (this is on regular rotation in my house) or my Picadillo recipe.

Everyone loves this, including my youngest daughter. When she was a toddler I left out the red onion. It’s also low-carb, vegetarian, gluten-free and whole30 compliant.

Quick Cabbage Slaw


simple cabbage slaw
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Quick Cabbage Slaw

88 Cals 1 Protein 7 Carbs 7 Fats
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
This quick, simple slaw is a staple in my house. Perfect when you need something acidic to balance a savory dish. Everyone loves this, including my toddler only for her I leave out the red onion. It's also low-carb, vegetarian, gluten-free and whole30 compliant.


  • 1/2 small head white cabbage, about 5 cups, cored and shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste


  • In a large bowl combine all the ingredients, toss to combine and let stand 15 minutes before serving.


Any color cabbage will work!


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 255mg, Fiber: 2g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: dairy free, Gluten Free, Keto Recipes, Kid Friendly, low carb, Paleo, Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian Meals, Whole 30 Recipes



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  1. I made this with dinner, last night and it was really good

  2. YUM! Perfect for our fish tacos tonight! I agree w/ another comment and LOVE vinegar so added more- I did the 5 tsp of cider, than added about the same of red wine. Since we were having fish tacos, I also added cilantro. We have plenty of leftovers that will serve as a side for our turkey sandwiches this week.

  3. Made this for dinner tonight with your BREADED PORK CUTLETS and it was a perfect match. I’m sure white rice and your PR Beans would make a perfect meal! 

  4. What is the best way to measure 5 cups of shredded cabbage?  I weighed it, but seems like a lot of cabbage in relation to the onion and pepper.

  5. I made this recipe, substituting a kale/cabbage slaw mix for just cabbage and it was delicious! Very light and crisp tasting and better the second day once the flavors had a chance to sit. 

  6. I’m surprised that I haven’t reviewed this one yet. I make this recipe frequently. The first time I made it, I thought it said 5 T of apple cider vinegar. I like the acidity of the vinegar, and it cuts through the olive oil for those of you that thought there was too much. I find it perfect that way and have since always used 5 T. I’ve got a tiny kitchen with almost non-existent counter space, so I always buy a bag of pre-cut slaw mix to make this. This is the perfect complement to taco dishes or to add to bowls.

  7. Delicious! So quick and easy to make too. I made it as a side with fish tacos and it was a hit with the whole family. Already pinned on my board for next time. 😋

  8. Can I just say yum! I’ve never been a fan of sweet mayonnaise laden coleslaws. This is easy to make, savory, and keeps well. Plus it’s delicious!
    One of the things that I love about your salads/slaws is that they require so little dressing, but pack so much flavor..
    We’re having this again tonight along with your seasoned sweet potato wedges and your buttermilk oven “fried” chicken (both Skinny Taste Cookbook recipes). So glad we found your site. Dinners are really good and we’re losing weight!!

  9. Great side dish. Made this as part of a large Memorial Day feast with grilled summer squash and asparagus, pulled pork, and Gina’s Instant Pot Brown Sugar Baked Beans (also delicious).

  10. Love the dressing on this slaw. I bought prepackaged slaw and added onion, redpeppers and the oil and vinegar. Super easy!

  11. It’s rare that I find a veggie recipe like this that is a) fast and easy, b) healthy, c) cheap, and d) tasty enough that the whole family is happy. It’s a keeper! I keep a 4-quart restaurant food prep container full of shredded cabbage at all times, this is a nice way to use it up and make sure we all get our veggies. Thank you!

  12. Loved this slaw.  It was delicious and the whole family enjoyed.   

  13. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or would red wine vinegar work ? 

  14. This cabbage slaw is so good! I will definitely be making it regularly!

  15. My husband who is normally a creamy coleslaw kind of guy, loves this slaw! On the other hand I’m not a big coleslaw fan but this recipe converted me. I make it often now because it goes well with so many things. Sometimes I cheat and use coleslaw mix.

  16. These days I buy grass-fed beef and I saw this recipe goes with pork. What is the best, healthiest way to get pork?

  17. So glad to see this recipe for a fresh summer salad without the lettuce …I’m still nervous after the romaine scare.

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  20. I make this often; however, I use only 1 T olive oil; I find the full 2 T. is too much.  I sometimes add carrots or radishes.  I often add cilantro and serve it with tacos, burritos or other spicy dishes.  

  21. Have made slaw similar to this for a long time. Great to go with barbecue. Made it today to go with Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast.

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  23. Easy and delicious! Love the fact that it’s super tasty and not mayo based. Made it to go with the shrimp cakes.

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  28. Love, LOVE this easy slaw!

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  31. This is probably a REALLY dumb question… is white cabbage you ask for here the same as green cabbage? Or if not, which type? Thank you!

  32. How long work cabbage slaw stay in the fridge?  It’s my favorite I want to make it in a larger quantity?

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  34. Great recipe.  Thank you for posting.

    Weight Watchers Calculator shows 3 Smart Points and you have posted 2 Smart Points.  Please clarify.

    • The calculator is not to be used for recipes. The calculator is really to calculate points on a single food item. Plug it into the recipe builder to get the correct amount of points.

  35. Just made it! So great and refreshing for these warm days ahead. Thanks!

  36. Can you make this the night before?  Will it still be good? Or should you make it fresh just before dinner?

    • I think it was best made before dinner. SO GOOD….ate with pulled pork on top as a salad with side of jalapeno pickles and marinated artichoke hearts.

    • I found the slaw tastes even better the next day.  Great recipe…I added more vinegar as well.  

  37. This is so good! Everytime I bring it to an outing, it gets tins of compliments!

  38. Very Tasty! I added shredded carrot and a lot more vinegar. We will be having this at a tailgate with pulled pork.

  39. I have been making this at least twice a week. I love this simple recipe!

  40. This sounds simple and delicious. May just go the lazy route and make it with broccoli slaw and maybe some pulled pork or chicken

  41. The quick cabbage slaw makes a great dish. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe. 🙂

  42. Coleslaw is a staple in our house during the warmer months! This sounds wonderful!

  43. Yum! Would go great with sesame seeds!

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  44. Looks delish, can't beat yummy and healthy!

  45. Slaw is such a staple around here – especially in the summer! This looks a little spicy and delicious!