Savoy Cabbage Salad Recipe
I came up with this quick and easy savoy cabbage salad recipe one hot summer night. All there was in my fridge:
- a savoy cabbage I couldn’t just pass by at the farm stand,
- empty veggie drawers and
- a container of Greek yogurt.
I love savoy cabbage this summer even though I have always thought of it as “Asian food” and never tried until past Christmas.
My savoy cabbage salad is inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Frozen peas and corn, tender savoy cabbage, creamy avocado and homemade Ranch dressing make this healthy salad every adult’s summer favourite.
What Is Savoy Cabbage?
Savoy cabbage looks like a head of cabbage with crinkly leaves. Same cruciferous family vegetable with amazing cancer fighting properties. It is lighter and more tender vs. green cabbage. And with more space in between the layers. That’s why I like savoy cabbage slaw.
Where to Buy Savoy Cabbage?
At any grocery store, especially the ones that carry more asian produce. Or at local farmers market in June-August.
Shopping for seasonal local produce has changed for me this summer. Before I used to go to farmers market every Saturday morning, where I met a local farmer, Red Barn Produce and Plants, that has her own produce stand at the farm 3 days a week. So this year, after receiving a newsletter on Tuesday with heads up what produce will be available for sale this week, I go to the farm directly on Thursday. Makes my life so much easier as summer weekends are always full of plans.
All produce is grown in the most organic way as possible – my cabbage had caterpillars in it and dill was with aphids, which I will take over grocery store’s wax any day (nothing water and Alex can’t fix). Above is the field my savoy cabbage came from for this salad, making the concept “know where your food comes from” as meaningful as possible.
Not to mention the 3 acres of produce my kids get to tour every week and learn what potato plants look like and how cabbage grows. In the photo above, Adam is holding a sweetheart (green) cabbage we are making Ukrainian borscht with today.
How to Slice Savoy Cabbage:
Cut head of savoy cabbage in half. Then holding onto one half, start slicing the edge of head that’s touching the cutting board into thin strips with sharp chef’s knife. Don’t feel pressured to slice too thin. Savoy cabbage is much easier to shred than regular cabbage. And no need to use a mandoline.
Doesn’t it look like a gift basket stuffing?!
Savoy Cabbage Salad Dressing:
I basically used my healthy Ranch dressing recipe. It is made with 10% plain organic Greek yogurt and no mayo. Whaaat? Yes, full fat dairy is healthy. Then a generous handful of dill, a small clove of garlic, salt and pepper is ALL you need to make the most fresh and flavourful Ranch dressing.
Feel free to keep it on hand for up to a week as a veggie dip and any veggie salad dressing.
How I Thaw Frozen Vegetables for Salad:
It is handy to keep bags of frozen peas and corn on hand for easy salads, and bonus – kids love them. To defrost the vegetables, I soak them in hot water for a few minutes and then drain. The easiest way to make your kids eat veggies as minimum prep is involved and kids love the sweetness of peas and corn. Yes, raw peas are legit!
Is This a Make Ahead Salad?
Yes. The fact that you can prepare it for up to 4 days in advance. And the fact that it stays crispy once combined with the dressing for up to 48 hours, makes this healthy savoy cabbage slaw one of the best summer salads!
What to Serve Salad With?
Honestly this salad is a perfect pairing for any meal! But I have my favorites:
- Baked chicken breast because it’s just so OMG simple.
- And cedar plank salmon because this is such a summer salad!
Enjoy! I brought this salad to a friends’ kids baseball evening game and we had a wonderful picnic with sausage hot dogs, watermelon, cherries, apricots and fireworks Oreos. Summers are awesome! Hope you are taking a full advantage of it!
More Fresh Cabbage Slaw Salad Recipes to Try:
- Healthy coleslaw with a jar of mayo and still creamy!
- Mango slaw that is bursting with flavor and sweetness!
- Coleslaw macaroni salad for a healthy mayo free pasta salad. Yum!
- And if you need more salad ideas, check out my 30 healthy salad recipes.
Savoy Cabbage Salad
- 2 lbs savoy cabbage 1/2 head, finely shredded
- 3 large carrots coarsely grated
- 2 cup peas fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 2 cups corn canned, cooked or frozen (thawed)
- 3 large avocados diced
Healthy Ranch Dressing:
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt 3.5% and higher fat content
- 1 small bunch dill finely chopped
- 1 small garlic clove grated
- 1 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, add savoy cabbage, carrots, peas, corn and avocado.
- In a medium bowl, whisk Healthy Ranch Dressing Ingredients, pour over vegetables and gently toss to combine. Serve cold.
Store: You can prepare savoy cabbage salad for up to 3 days ahead, if you refrigerate vegetables covered in a bowl and add dressing before serving. Dressed salad refrigerates well in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.
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