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Savoy Cabbage Salad

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This Savoy Cabbage Salad combines fresh, crunchy savoy cabbage with corn, peas, and a creamy, healthy homemade ranch dressing for a quick, simple, flavorful side salad to tons of meals! It’s also a delicious savoy cabbage slaw (with a twist) to bring to picnics and potlucks, too!

Plus, you can use the healthy ranch dressing for tons of other dishes, too, like drizzling over leafy green salads, corn on the cob, over green bean casserole, or a healthy turkey burger!

closeup of savoy slaw salad with dill

Some of my favorite meals have come from an almost empty fridge/pantry and a bit of imagination – just like this creamy savoy cabbage salad (aka savoy cabbage slaw – with a twist!). With just a savoy cabbage I picked up on a whim at the farmers market and a container of Greek yogurt, I pulled together this savoy cabbage slaw with bits I had lying around for a refreshing and delicious dish!

While I love using cabbage for warm, wholesome dishes like a cabbage roll casserole, cabbage stir fry, braised cabbage with apples, or Russian cabbage soup. Sometimes my family and I are really in the mood for something light and healthy – no warmth included. Enter this savoy cabbage recipe for a creamy cabbage salad!

Why You Will Love This Creamy Savoy Cabbage Salad

This savoy cabbage salad takes just minutes to prepare and is filled with the fresh flavors of peas and sweet corn, crunchy texture from the cabbage, and a creamy dressing that is surprisingly healthy packed with fresh dill. In fact, this simple take on a savoy cabbage slaw contains no mayonnaise at all. Instead, the sauce is made up of yogurt and several aromatics and seasonings to create a healthy ranch dressing – yummy!

Once prepared, allow the creamy cabbage salad to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours for the ultimate delicious side dish. During that time, the cabbage will slightly soften (like it does in a slaw), and the flavors will meld and marinate.

In fact, this recipe lies somewhere between a ‘slaw and a creamy salad like this chicken salad. Though, if you’re looking for a slaw minus the creamy element, then I have tons of those too. In fact, I have recipes for a mango slaw, Ukrainian vinegar slaw, Ukrainian dill coleslaw, and peanut slaw!

I also have a creamy, healthy coleslaw recipe too – but this savoy cabbage slaw really shouldn’t be missed!

savoy cabbage salad with ranch dressing in blue bowl

Ingredients and Substitutions

For the Salad

  • Savoy Cabbage: I nearly always have some sort of cabbage in my fridge, so I tend to substitute based on what I have, though I love the tenderness of savoy cabbage. You can even create this salad with a combination of savoy and red cabbage for extra color and flavor. Savoy should be available in more grocery stores and the local farmer’s markets between June-August.

Another possible substitute for the savoy cabbage would be a store-bought coleslaw mix. Obviously, it will include other ingredients, though, so the flavor will vary somewhat, and the texture isn’t as good as when it’s made from scratch at home.

  • Corn: You can use canned, cooked, or even frozen (and thawed) corn for this savoy cabbage salad recipe. Once I even used leftover grilled corn. I love how the corn adds sweetness to the dish that complements the peas and cabbage wonderfully.
  • Peas: Once again, feel free to use fresh or frozen. I wouldn’t recommend canned, and I have yet to try canned peas with the same fresh taste and texture of fresh/frozen varieties – which is important for this simple cabbage salad.

For the Healthy Ranch Dressing

  • Yogurt: You can use either plain natural yogurt or Greek yogurt (2%+ fat). If you use Greek yogurt, you’ll need an extra couple of tablespoons of water or milk to thin it a little.
  • Vinegar: You can use white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or even apple cider vinegar-based on what you have and your flavor preference. I love the slight sweetness in ACV, for example.
  • Aromatics: This ranch dressing contains just a couple of crucial aromatic ingredients, including a bit of onion powder and one small garlic clove (grated).
  • Herbs and spices: I use a combination of fresh dill (and lots of it) with salt and pepper. Please don’t use dried dill instead, as the flavor is different and more potent. If you need to substitute the dill, then go for parsley instead. You can also reduce the amount of the fresh herbs to ¼ cup if preferred. I also used green onion to garnish.

Adding extra ingredients: As I said above, this savoy cabbage salad was invented from an almost empty fridge. Which means it’s versatile. Feel free to experiment with adding other bits you have lying around; feta cheese, nuts (like walnuts, pecans, etc.), seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), finely diced bell pepper, tomatoes, avocado, or even sweet ingredients like raisins, apple, or mandarin oranges.

How to Make Healthy Savoy Cabbage Salad 

All you need to do to prepare this savoy cabbage slaw is just three simple steps and a few minutes of your time. It’s perfect for a healthy last-minute addition to any dinner table or event.

  • Shred the savoy cabbage: First, cut the head of the savoy cabbage in half. Then working on one half at a time, start slicing the edge of the head into thin strips with a sharp knife, or alternatively, you could use a mandoline or even vegetable peeler – based on what you have available.

Don’t feel too much pressure to slice super thin as the cabbage is much easier to shred than regular cabbage and more tender to eat.

  • Prepare the healthy ranch dressing: In a small bowl, combine the yogurt (and water/milk if you’re using Greek yogurt), vinegar, dill, garlic, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well and then set aside.
  • Assemble the savoy cabbage salad: Add the cabbage, corn, and peas to a large bowl and pour the dressing over it. Gently toss with tongs to combine.
  • Allow the salad to marinate: This is optional, but for the best results, I recommend covering the salad and allowing it to chill and ‘marinate’ in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. This savoy cabbage slaw tastes amazing when chilled, and the time really allows all the flavors in the healthy dressing to meld and develop.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this healthy cabbage salad in similar ways to any slaw, including pairing with fish and other seafood, burgers, and more. Here are just a few suggestions of dishes to pair it with.

  • Fish: You can use this cabbage salad in place of your usual ‘slaw in fish tacos, serve it up in salmon burgers, or alongside various salmon dishes like cedar plank salmon.
  • Other seafood: This makes for a great pairing with grilled shrimp.
  • Chicken: This savoy cabbage salad is neutral enough to pair with tons of chicken dishes, including Cajun chicken, or even baked dishes like chicken enchiladas. Check out my entire collection of chicken recipes for even more inspiration.
  • Other meats: This savoy cabbage slaw will also pair well with other meaty dishes like Instant Pot ribs, Instant Pot pork chops, and more!
  • At picnics: Alongside all your favorites. I once took it to a friends’ kids baseball game, and we spread out a blanket and had a picnic with hot dogs, this savoy cabbage salad, watermelon, and other fruits – all in the warm summer evening sun.
savoy cabbage salad with peas, corn and ranch dressing

FAQs

Can you freeze the savoy cabbage slaw?


No – cabbage is one of those ingredients that doesn’t freeze well as it will impact the texture of the veggie and become mushy and unpleasant.

What is savoy cabbage?


Savoy cabbage looks like a green cabbage but with super crinkly leaves. Unlike green cabbage, it is lighter and more tender (perfect for eating raw!), yet it’s still packed with the amazing cancer-fighting properties of other cabbage varieties. It also contains a high level of vitamin C too.

Can I use other cabbage for this recipe?


Yes. I used savoy cabbage because it’s what I had in my fridge, but you easily mix it with red or green cabbage.

How do I thaw frozen vegetables for a salad?


I love to keep bags of frozen peas and corn on hand for a simple side dish and salads. They’re usually blanched before frozen and simply need to be thawed and then are ready to eat. I do this by placing them in a large bowl with hot water for a few minutes, then draining the water.

If you’d prefer, you can boil them for 1-2 minutes and then transfer them to an ice bath to cool quickly. I prefer the first method.

More Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Savoy cabbage ‘slaw add-ins: If you want to make this salad into even more of a savoy cabbage slaw, you could include grated carrot and thinly sliced onion – red or white.
  • Vary the recipe based on cuisines: This healthy cabbage salad is also super simple to adjust based on different cuisines. For example, for a Thai-style cabbage salad, change the dressing to contain cilantro instead of dill and add a little lime juice instead of the vinegar. You could also add some thinly sliced chilies and/or peanuts. In fact, this option works for Thai and Mexican styles.
  • For the creamier sauce: You can add 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to the healthy ranch dressing for a creamier sauce. It will still be far healthier than traditional ranch or mayo but have some of the added richness from the mayo.
  • Keep a little sauce to the side: If you plan on making this dish to serve over several days, it can be a good idea to keep a little of the dressing stored separately to mix into the dish just before serving. It just ‘livens’ it up a little- especially as the cabbage releases liquid into the dish while it sits in the fridge, watering down the sauce.

More Healthy Creamy Salad Recipes

If you enjoy this creamy savoy cabbage salad then you might like some of the below salads that have a creamy sauce!

You may also enjoy browsing through my entire collection of healthy salad recipes for more inspiration!

Savoy Cabbage Salad

Savoy Cabbage Salad

This Savoy Cabbage Salad combines fresh, crunchy savoy cabbage with corn, peas, and a creamy, healthy homemade ranch dressing – for a quick, simple, flavorful side salad to tons of meals! It's also a delicious savoy cabbage slaw (with a twist) to bring to picnics and potlucks, too!
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 lb savoy cabbage (4 cups) finely shredded
  • 2 cups corn canned, cooked or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen (thawed)

For the Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 cup plain regular or Greek yogurt 2+% fat
  • 2 tbsp water or milk if using Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp white, white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove grated
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add yogurt, water (if using Greek yogurt), vinegar, dill, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add savoy cabbage, corn and peas.
  • Pour dressing over vegetables, gently toss with tongs until combined.
  • Best served cold.

Make ahead: 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.

    Store: Refrigerate dressed salad in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

      Notes

      • Savoy Cabbage: You can even create this salad with a combination of savoy and red cabbage for extra color and flavor. Savoy should be available in more grocery stores and the local farmer’s markets between June-August. Another possible substitute for the savoy cabbage would be a store-bought coleslaw mix. Obviously, it will include other ingredients, though, so the flavor will vary somewhat, and the texture isn’t as good as when it’s made from scratch at home.
      • Corn: You can use canned, cooked, or even frozen (and thawed) corn for this savoy cabbage salad recipe. Once I even used leftover grilled corn. I love how the corn adds sweetness to the dish that complements the peas and cabbage wonderfully.
      • Peas: Once again, feel free to use fresh or frozen. I wouldn’t recommend canned, and I have yet to try canned peas with the same fresh taste and texture of fresh/frozen varieties – which is important for this simple cabbage salad.
      • Yogurt: You can use either plain natural yogurt or Greek yogurt (2%+ fat). If you use Greek yogurt, you’ll need an extra couple of tablespoons of water or milk to thin it a little.
      • Vinegar: You can use white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or even apple cider vinegar-based on what you have and your flavor preference. I love the slight sweetness in ACV, for example.
      • Aromatics: This ranch dressing contains just a couple of crucial aromatic ingredients, including a bit of onion powder and one small garlic clove (grated).
      • Herbs and spices: I use a combination of fresh dill (and lots of it) with salt and pepper. Please don’t use dried dill instead, as the flavor is different and more potent. If you need to substitute the dill, then go for parsley instead. You can also reduce the amount of the fresh herbs to ¼ cup if preferred. I also used green onion to garnish.
      Please see Recipe Post for more Tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1cup | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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