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Fresh & Easy Turkish Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

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This delightful shredded Turkish red cabbage salad recipe is both beautiful and healthy! Crisp red cabbage and parsley tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice make a refreshing side dish that comes together quickly. This is a perfect throw-together veggie side for a weeknight dinner.

turkish red cabbage salad in large bowl with wood tongs next to salad plate with a serving. lemon and parsley above.

Last year, I went through a period of several months where I was obsessed with cabbage because winter is long here in Minnesota, and cabbage is a cold hardy salad vegetable that is great for fresh salads in the winter months. I took ordinary cabbage through many flavor spins to bring some color into my meals throughout the long winter and early spring.

We love incorporating the Mediterranean style of eating with an emphasis on protein. We grill & smoke a lot of lean meats for quality protein sources, and we love working the many diverse Mediterranean flavors into our meals. That’s why we LOVE this Turkish cabbage salad!

Cabbage makes a delicious salad base. I love cabbage for winter–the crunchy texture of the cabbage withstands dressing well, meaning you can continue to eat the leftovers for days when fresh greens are more sparse.

Turkish salad, also known as kebab shop salad, has many different variations, but this recipe is pretty basic and utilizes simple ingredients. It doesn’t require you to have a lot of different fresh veggies on hand, making this a super easy throw-together weeknight side salad to make a complete meal when you impulsively bought the prettiest purple cabbage at the store that week (it’s not just me that does that, is it?)

close up of turkish red cabbage salad on serving spoon with bowl in the background

Ingredients

To make this delicious Turkish red cabbage salad, you just need a few simple ingredients:

  • Red Cabbage– Our main ingredient! Red cabbage is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Use one small head of red cabbage for this recipe.
  • Fresh Parsley– This adds freshness and some beautiful color variation to our salad.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil– This healthy oil is the base of our dressing, adding creaminess and healthy monounsaturated fat. You can swap this for whatever oil you prefer if needed. While I find olive oil to be the best oil, avocado oil would be my next choice.
  • Red Wine Vinegar– I love the tangy flavor of red wine vinegar, but white wine vinegar can also be used.
  • Lemon Juice– I love adding a little lemon juice in addition to the vinegar to elevate the brightness of the dressing.
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
turkish red cabbage salad ingredients on wooden cutting board, labelled

Instructions

Follow the simple steps below to make Turkish kebab salad:

hands chopping purple cabbage on cutting board

1. Thinly Slice Cabbage

Remove the loose outer leaves on the head of cabbage. Slice the cabbage in half and de-core. Then slice each half in half again so you have quarters. Put the cabbage cut side down and use a sharp knife and cut into thin slices. Repeat for all the cabbage quarters, and then put the sliced red cabbage into a large bowl.

You can also use a food processor for this if you prefer.

finely chopping parsley on wood cutting board

2. Chop Parsley

Remove the long stems for the bunch of parsley. Finely chop the leaves with the knife and add the finely chopped parsley to the bowl of cabbage. This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of chopped parsley, but you can use as much or as little as you want.

adding salt to bowl of dressing on wooden cutting board

3. Make Dressing

In a small separate bowl or glass jar, add the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Whisk the dressing ingredients together until combined.

pouring dressing over turkish red cabbage salad

4. Dress & Toss Salad

Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine. You can serve this salad immediately or refrigerate it until it’s time to serve.

That’s it! This easy recipe is a great way to eat the rainbow and include more plants in your diet.

Tips & Variations

While this recipe is intentionally left pretty basic, it is pretty easy to customize. Try adding thin slices of red onion, chopped cucumber, shredded carrot, red bell pepper, or diced tomatoes for more colors, flavors, and textures. You could even mix some green cabbage with the red!

Just know that this recipe is equally delicious even if you keep it very simple. 🙂

Want to try another healthy salad recipe? Try my cucumber mint salad with lemon vinaigrette, my Winter Kale Salad, or my Copycat Chick-fil-A Kale Crunch Salad!

overhead shot of turkish red cabbage salad

Serving Suggestions

Serve this salad with a good dose of lean protein, such as my Traeger smoked whole chicken or my Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken Meal.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 6 generous servings. For one serving of this recipe, the nutritional info is as follows:

  • Calories: 113
  • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Fat: 9.2 grams
  • Carbs: 7.4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams

Recipe Notes

This Turkish red cabbage salad is best eaten within a couple of days. After 2-3 days, the salad texture is no longer crunchy enough to enjoy. However, it is not hard to eat this salad up pretty quickly!

FAQ

How do you use red cabbage in a salad?

You use red cabbage in a salad by finely slicing it or chopping it into small pieces. Red cabbage has a delicious taste and texture, but since it can be a little tough in large chunks, it is more enjoyable when the pieces are cut to manageable sizes for chewing.

What is the healthiest cabbage to eat?

All cabbage can be considered healthy by most experts, but red cabbage has an extraordinarily high amount of vitamins and antioxidants compared to green cabbage.

Do You Love this Kebab Shop Salad?

I’d love to hear how you made this your own. Please leave a comment and review! It means the world!

turkish red cabbage salad in large bowl with wood tongs next to salad plate with a serving. lemon and parsley above.
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Turkish Red Cabbage Salad

This Turkish red cabbage salad is the perfect healthy side dish for Mediterranean kebabs & grilled meats.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword: easy cabbage recipe, kebab shop salad, red cabbage salad, salad, vegetables
Servings: 6
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • 1 Sharp Knife

Ingredients

  • 1 head red cabbage small
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove the loose outer leaves on the head of cabbage. Slice the cabbage in half and de-core. Slice into quarters. Put the cabbage quarter cut-side down and use a sharp knife and thinly slice the cabbage into shreds. Repeat for all the cabbage quarters and put the shredded cabbage into a large bowl.
    1 head red cabbage
  • Finely chop the parsley (remove the long stems) and add to the salad bowl.
    1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • In a small dish, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Whisk to combine.
    4 tbsp olive oil, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pour dressing over the salad and toss to evenly coat. You can serve this salad immediately, or refrigerate to serve later. This salad is best eaten within a few days of making it.

Video

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Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within 2-4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal

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