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Savoy Cabbage Salad

Olena Osipov
5 from 10 votes

Savoy Cabbage Salad

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.

Savoy Cabbage Salad Ingredients

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.

Savoy Cabbage vs. green cabbage

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.

What Is Savoy Cabbage

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:

Chopped 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.

Savoy Cabbage Salad Dressing; Dressing on top of salad ingredients in blue bowl

How I Thaw Frozen Vegetables for Salad:

Frozen vegetables in a measuring cup under running water

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!

Close-up of Savoy Cabbage Slaw

What to Serve Salad With?

Honestly this salad is a perfect pairing for any meal! But I have my favorites:

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:

Savoy Cabbage Salad

Got savoy cabbage and don't know how to cook it? Try this super easy savoy cabbage salad inspired by my Ukrainian roots.
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 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.


    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 1233mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 7272IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

    What You Will Find Here

    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

    A Little More About Me

    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 5 stars
      Hubby and I really enjoyed this! I used FF Faje Greek Yogurt and added about a tbs of Hellman’s Real Mayo to give it a little fat. Didn’t miss the fat at all. Thanks for sharing!

    2. 5 stars
      Love love love this salad! We grow a lot of cabbage and this year we planted savoy by mistake. Not a mistake any more. I’ll always buy it. I needed new ways to use cabbage besides sauerkraut, coleslaw, etc etc, I’ve taken this salad to social gatherings and everybody wants the recipe!

    3. 5 stars
      Excellent! Made it almost exactly as posted, except substituted leftover grilled corn, sliced snap peas from the garden, and lots of dried dill instead of fresh cause I didn’t want to run to the store. Great recipe Olena, I will make it again.

    4. 5 stars
      Had to adapt the recipe, but it was still really good! I had to omit the carrots and peas, and substituted basil (only fresh herb I had on hand) for the the dill. Still delicious! I also used plain non-dairy yogurt, so it was vegan. Thanks for the recipe!

    5. This looks so good, I’m going to try it today. Went to the store to buy Savoy cabbage, buttermilk etc.
      I didn’t think eating thawed frozen vegetables in this manner was safe? ? Can you comment on that?

      1. Hi Tina. Why wouldn’t it be?! Frozen vegetables are frozen raw vegetables. Peas and corn do not have to be cooked for eating. You can flash boil them for a minute if it makes you feel safer. Enjoy the salad!:) I love savoy for its soft texture, we just ate it this week.

    6. 5 stars
      Took this to a potluck . Brought home an empty bowl! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I added just a touch of vinegar to give the dressing some zip. This is a keeper!

      1. Unfortunately not. You would have to add it right before serving. Or you could chop it up to 5-6 hours before but squeeze with lime or lemon juice. P.S. I’m sorry for late reply. I thought I had replied on my phone…

        1. 5 stars
          This was so delicious and each bite very refreshing! I added a little red cabbage just for a pop of color. The whole family loved it. Thank You for sharing this recipe with us!

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