Without a doubt, this simple recipe for red cabbage slaw will be the star of the side dish party!

The secret is in the fresh and tangy dressing, and it’s so easy to whip up! All it takes is an apple, a couple of carrots, and a half-head of red (or purple) cabbage! It’s the perfect crunchy summer salad!

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Tangy Cabbage Slaw

Everyone loves this recipe! It’s got all the colors and flavors of a side-dish, but can easily be a topper too!

Definitely not the average cabbage white slaw, this version is not only colorful, but it’s crunchy and even healthy! It’s a great side for tacos, pulled pork, or homemade chili.

It only takes minutes to prepare, making it a great option for an impromptu BBQ with friends or family!

Red cabbage slaw ingredients in a white bowl

Ingredients & Variations

The nice thing about slaw sides is that there are so many different ways to prepare them.

SLAW Red cabbage, shredded carrots, and julienned apple are combined to make this yummy slaw! Add in jicama or your other favorite crisp veggies.

DRESSING Orange juice, vegetable oil, cider vinegar, sugar, and dijon mustard are mixed together to create this tangy, creamy dressing.

VARIATIONS Why not switch out the nuts for slivered almonds or chopped peanuts? Try adding cucumbers or radishes fresh from the garden!

How to Make Red Cabbage Slaw

This tasty cabbage salad is ready in 1,2,3!

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients (per recipe below) in a bowl and store, covered, in the refrigerator while prepping the remaining ingredients.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (except for nuts) in a large bowl and toss with the chilled dressing. Chill for another hour.
  3. Top with pecans and serve immediately.

PRO TIP: Dry-saute nuts until they are just browned. This preserves their crunch and adds to their flavor!

dressing being poured over red cabbage slaw ingredients

How to Store Red Cabbage Slaw

  • Keep red cabbage slaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • To serve it again, let it drain from a colander and maybe add some extra apples and salt and pepper to enhance the flavor again.

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Red Cabbage Slaw

Red Cabbage Slaw is perfect for those summer BBQs or potlucks! Everyone will enjoy the crisp, tangy taste of this salad!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 4 cups shredded red cabbage about 1/2 head
  • 2 carrots shredded or julienned
  • 1 small apple julienned
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional


  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Set aside.
  • Shred the cabbage as finely as possible.
  • Combine all ingredients except the pecans in a bowl. Toss with dressing.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Top with pecans and serve.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Stir, drain and add salt and pepper to refresh. 
4.98 from 40 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 236 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6299IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Amazing fresh taste with a great crunch! I think I’ll make extra dressing next time because it’s so good. Thank you!5 stars

  2. I took this one step farther and crisped a few slices of bacon. Chopped the bacon, added it along with the bacon fat to the salad!! Really made it a great summer salad!!!

  3. I loved this slaw – and will make again. I just am a bit perplexed… really 1/2 tsp mustard? The picture showing the dressing being drizzled is pretty yellow and creamy….?! I think I used 2 tsp and could have been more. Toasted nuts is excellent tip. Oh… I added thin sliced jalapeno…4 stars

    1. Roman, the orange juice, oil, and cider vinegar all contribute to the color of the dressing. That’s the great thing about homemade dressings is that you can so easily adjust to suit your tastes! Add as much mustard as you like.