Shaved Cabbage Salad


shaved cabage, reggiano & balsamic salad

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Shaved Cabbage Salad

Shaved cabbage salad with parmesan and lemon juice has been on high rotation as a side salad at our place for a while now. It’s a brilliant recipe to have up your sleeve because cabbage lasts in the fridge for weeks (months even), much longer than salad leaves.

I serve this salad pretty much anywhere I’d normally serve a crisp green salad…

In the photo I’ve drizzled the salad with aged balsamic vinegar but it’s just as good without.

enough for 2 as a side
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 white cabbage, very finely sliced
1 large handful finely grated parmesan cheese, optional

1. Combine lemon juice and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a bowl.

3. Toss in the cabbage and parmesan.

4. Taste and season.


carnivore – Serve as a side dish to a roast chook or BBQ chicken. Or toss in a few rashers of bacon that have been chopped into batons and pan fried until crisp.

dairy-free / vegan – Replace the parmesan with a handful of toasted pine nuts or a few sprigs of flat leaf parsley leaves.

greener – toss in a handful of flat leaf parsley, basil or salad leaves.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

lemons – will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.

white cabbage – will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for weeks, even months. Can be frozen but will have a wilted texture once defrosted.

parmesan – will keep in a plastic bag or airtight container in the fridge for months. Can be frozen.

troubleshooting guide:

salad too dry – Drizzle with a little more lemon juice.

salad difficult to eat – Chop the cabbage into smaller pieces. Using a mandoline to shave the salad may help.

leftover potential:

Great! One of those rare salads that tastes delicious after a short spell in the fridge. Excellent school / work lunch.

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Ellie Armsby July 18, 2014

made this tonight with the sausage ragout. It was delicious! I never would have thought of pairing cabbage with a tomato dish but the cabbage functioned almost like noodles.


jules July 24, 2014

Yay Ellie!

This is one of my favourites for that very reason… Cabbage is such an underrrated vegetable.



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