This Cabbage and Cucumber Salad is a refreshing, healthy, and delicious addition to your meal. Made with just a handful of ingredients, it's naturally paleo, low carb, and Whole 30.
With only 5 ingredients, this Cabbage Cucumber Salad graces our kitchen table regularly. It goes well with most meals, but our favorites are the Instant Pot Ribs and Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers.
Cabbage and Cucumber Salad
Cabbage is a prominent part of many European cuisines and can be prepared in a variety of ways. It can be pickled, fermented, steamed, stewed, braised, and even eaten raw, as in this salad.
This salad is naturally paleo, low-carb, and Whole 30. It's light with a refreshing crunch.
It makes a great salad for parties as it does not wilt easily and is a sure crowd-pleaser!
Cucumber and Cabbage Salad - great for parties!
This salad is a great choice for big parties as it holds up really well when prepared in large amounts.
Because it does not contain any cream-based ingredients like sour cream or mayonnaise, it's also great during summer months. Therefore, it's a great option for BBQs, graduation celebrations, and pool parties.
You can even prepare all the ingredients together, except for the seasonings and wet ingredients and store it in the refrigerator for 2 days leading up to the party. Then add salt and pepper, lemon juice and oil just before serving.
Salad Made of Cabbage
Salad made of cabbage is called coleslaw. Slaw (without the cole) can feature any crunchy vegetable in lieu of cabbage, including broccoli, carrots, and jicama.
Using those distinctions, it's appropriate to say that this is Cabbage and Cucumber Slaw (not coleslaw) because we are primarily using two main vegetables. So call it slaw or salad, it's essentially the same thing in this particular case.
It's a shredded cabbage recipe that all will enjoy!
Cabbage and Cucumber Salad benefits
If you don't regularly prepare cabbage, this may win you over. Cabbage has so many benefits that it would be wrong to not use it on a regular basis. Check out all the positives that this humble brassica vegetable offers:
Versatility of cabbage. It is the main ingredient in lacto-fermented sauerkraut and the finishing touch to Russian beet borsch. It can be stuffed with meat and rice to make Healthy Classic Stuffed Cabbage Leaves and also baked in a one-pan dish in this Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole.
Cabbage is cheap. It's a very cost efficient vegetable and happens to be on the Clean 15 list so no need to stress over affordable organic cabbage. A head of cabbage will cost you a few dollars and can be stretched for several recipes.
What's even better is that cabbage has an extended shelf life and can last weeks in the refrigerator without spoiling. Unlike romaine or other lettuces which generally has to be consumed within days of purchase, cabbages last much longer. Just peel back any outer leaves that have wilted or browned and use the rest of the cabbage as desired.
Cabbage is delicious. This is subjective but depending on how it's prepared and seasoned, cabbage is quite delicious. When cooked, cabbage has a very mild flavor and can be used as a "filler" vegetable. We can add more veggies to a dish without drastically changing the flavor when we add cabbage.
Cabbage has health benefits as well but that deserves it's own recognition below.
Given all of those claims, it's safe to say cabbage is a unicorn of vegetables.
Is raw cabbage healthy?
Cabbage has the fewest calories and fat than any other vegetable. It is a great source of vitamins C, K, dietary fiber and other nutrients. The carbs in cabbage is quite low making it naturally low-carb with only 4 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of shredded cabbage.
No wonder this brassica vegetable has become a regular staple in low carb and keto diets recently.
However it's also worth mentioning that because cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, when in raw form, it contains goitrogens.
Goitrogens are substances in certain foods that suppress the thyroid gland by interfering with the thyroid hormone production, thus resulting in enlargement of the thyroid known as goiter.
In the ancestral and pro-metabolical wellness circles, it's generally advised to cook or ferment cruciferous vegetables like in sauerkraut to support the health of the gut and thyroid gland.
Unless you're consuming all your cabbage in raw form, I find no problem having this salad as part of a meal with a good source of protein and healthy fats. As with everything else, moderation and good balance is key and I personally don't lean on extremes on either end of the spectrum.
How to Make Cabbage Cucumber Salad
The complete printable recipe is below in the recipe card for your convenience.
This salad (or slaw) consists of 5 simple ingredients and 4 super easy steps.
- Cabbage: half of cabbage head, shredded or thinly sliced
- Cucumbers: either 2 Persian cucumbers sliced in discs or one English cucumber, sliced in half moons
- Fresh dill: fresh is always best for it's pungent and refreshing scent
- Green onions: this is best fresh too!
- Seasonings and dressing: salt and pepper and your choice of oil and a squeeze of lemon (or apple cider vinegar will do) is all that is needed to complete this salad
Combine these simple ingredients together for a refreshing and healthy salad. This salad is so simple that I find it's unnecessary combine the dressing separately. You can add the lemon juice, oil, and salt and pepper directly into the salad and combine to mix well.
See my web story on how to make this Cabbage Cucumber Salad.
Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
This shredded cabbage salad is so simple. It's best to thinly slice cabbage to create lots of surface area of the cabbage strips.
You can easily "shred" cabbage with a mandolin slicer or food processor and the fine ribbons of cabbage give a more delicate texture to this salad. Or skip the kitchen helps and just chop as finely as you can.
In short, yes. It will not, however, produce the best results. It's not ideal because the flavor and texture wont the same, but it does work in a pinch.
For best results, use a fresh head of cabbage and shred/slice yourself. You won't regret the extra effort! If prepacked coleslaw is all you got the energy or time for - use that with no regrets!
Yes, this salad is great for a large gathering. Feel free to double or triple the recipe.
You can prep all the fresh ingredients up to 2 days in advance of the big day and store in a sealed container. Toss with seasonings and dressing just before the party.
Simply transfer whatever leftovers you have to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Unlike many lettuce salads (like Caesar Salad), this cabbage salad has a long shelf life when properly stored in the refrigerator. In fact, some prefer making this ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld together and cabbage to soften a bit.
Entrees and Salad Recipes with Cabbage
Looking for more recipes with cabbage? Check these out:
- Avocado Cabbage Slaw
- Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cabbage Steaks
- Lazy Cabbage Rolls
- Classic Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
- Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole
Did you make this? Please leave a ⭐ rating in the recipe card below and leave a review in the comments. Thank you!💚
Cabbage Cucumber Salad (Low Carb)
- 4 cups raw green cabbage shredded or sliced
- 2 cups cucumbers (2 Persian cucumbers or 1 English cucumber) sliced into discs
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
- 2 tablespoons green onions chopped
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- Shred or thinly slice cabbage (see notes for whole cabbage handling). Transfer shredded cabbage into a medium mixing bowl.
- Cut the cucumbers in discs. If large cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and then across, making half moons.
- Chop finely fresh dill and green onions. Transfer to bowl.
- Add salt, lemon juice, and oil of choice directly to salad and mix to combine well.
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This post was originally published in May 2017 but has since been updated to include helpful information.
Joni Gomes says
Such a good recipe!! This reminds me of my childhood, my german grandpa used to make a similar salad!
Oh how fun! Love those recipes that bring out childhood memories.
Raia Todd says
Raw cabbage and cucumbers are two of my bunnies... er, kids favorite things! 😀 I know they're gonna love this.
linda spiker says
Wow. What a gorgeous, simple recipe! Love the green and white without any other color. Makes for a very pretty picture!
Thank you Linda. I love the simplicity of this salad.
Loved the FB video! This sounds so fresh and delicious. I love easy salad sides like this in the summer when I don't want to cook! My girls would gobble this up for lunch!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
This recipe is so you my dear friend! I love everything about it, especially that beautiful dill. Can't go wrong with dill! Such a delicious, refreshing salad.
Thanks Emily! Dill is such an amazing herb - adds so much flavor!
Real Food with Dana says
I love cucumber salads! So great for the summer months, like you said, when we're not feeling the hot side dishes so much 🙂
Totally get that. Cucumbers are very refreshing too.
Such a refreshing salad for the summer!
Agreed! We're all about refreshing right now in this heat.
Michele Spring says
This looks so delicious and refreshing! Perfect for those really hot summer days when you don't want to cook or have anything hot.
Yep! This salad is great with grilled chicken. No side needed. 🙂
Jo Romero says
This is a great idea, and I love dill in everything so I'm pretty sure I'd love this salad. Definitely one to put on the table this summer!
Agreed Jo! It makes a great summer salad indeed.
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
What an awesome recipe, I love the addition of dill in there! I love a good Caesar too, but you just can't beat a salad that keeps for a few days, that's pretty much the only way I can manage to get a salad in every day!
I love that it can be kept for longer. Thanks Kari.
This looks delicious ! It'll be perfect as a side and for the upcoming hot summer days !
Yep - great summer salad! Thanks Chihyu for your comment. 🙂
This reminds me of food my grandma made back in Finland. Simple and delicious.
It must be an Eastern European thing. So simple and delicious indeed.
Cristina Curp says
So refreshing and light! Perfect for these hot Hawaii summers! Yum!
Darryl Edwards says
This looks like a very clean and refreshing salad. A reminder that summer is here! Thanks so much!
Kendra Cardoza says
I have a slight obsession with persian cucumbers 🙂 This one is definitely going on my menu!
I'm with you on the persian cucumbers. Love 'em!
I miss dill so much during the winter. I'm totally in love with spring/summer recipes that use it in all the ways.
I would be so sad without dill in my life. 🙁
Becky Winkler says
Love this! I am already running low on ways to use the cabbages in my CSA box, and I know cucumbers aren't far behind!
Yes!! We love cucumbers!
Ashley West says
One of my all time favs!! So fresh and delicious. Yummy!
This is our favorite recipe, we have it about once a week! Thanks so much! Jow big is a serving size?
That's so awesome-- I would probably go with about a cup and for a serving size but it's just salad - so the more the better, in my opinion.
Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com says
That cabbage cucumber salad looks delicious, I just want to devour it off the screen! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa Edwina says
I try this health one kale salad with peanut dijon dressing . i love it very dish looking so yummy.Thanks for this post.
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