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Israeli Cabbage Salad

Israeli cabbage salad is a classic Israeli appetizer and side dish.  Not unlike American coleslaw, this dish is sweet and creamy.  Serve alongside dinner, lunch, or at a cookout. 

bowl of israeli red cabbage salad on a white counter

Growing up, my mother would make this Israeli cabbage salad.  Before it was served, I would grab a fork and steal bites of fresh and crisp cabbage. 

I’d continue to pick at it any time until it was served, so by the time it was put on the table, there was a good amount of it missing. 

This salad is a favorite in Israel.  Walking through an Israeli supermarket, you can find dozens of purple containers filling the shelves right next to the hummus. 

I’ve seen it served at Shabbos meals and events as part of a meze, at events, in restaurants, and at cookouts. 

In Israeli mezzes, which are just known as salatim (meaning salads) is a common first course. Israeli cabbage salad served in a bowl along things like

When the salad is made fresh, Israelis serve it right away while it still has some crunch to it.

However, it is also common to buy it soft and creamy from the store where it has been sitting a while.

Either way, it is delicious.

If you’d prefer the creamy version, let it sit for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

Recipe Tip:

When you first make this salad, it will be firm and won’t taste as sweet. 

However, after a short while, it releases liquids and becomes softer and the dish becomes sweeter and creamier. 

This is the way it is found in stores and most often served. 

I will gladly eat it either way.

Yield: 6 servings

Israeli Cabbage Salad

bowl of israeli red cabbage salad on a white counter

No Israeli meze is complete without red cabbage salad. Serve as you would coleslaw.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small head red cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place the shredded cabbage in a mixing bowl along with mayonnaise, sugar, (optionally) lemon juice, and salt. Mix to coat.
  2. For the creamy version found in supermarkets, let chill for one hour before serving.

Notes

*lemon juice will turn the liquid pink so some people leave it out, or pour out any excess liquid before adding it.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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Hannah

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

I'm so glad I found your website! I made the Israeli salad, yellow rice, paprika potatoes, and cabbage salad over the weekend for a dinner party. They were all easy to adjust to my taste and everything was delicious. Will definitely try the other recipes

ElissaBeth

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

I'm very glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing :)

Vicci

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Absolutely the BEST “coleslaw” or cabbage salad I have ever had! This will be my new go to recipe.

ElissaBeth

Sunday 20th of October 2019

I'm very glad to hear you like it so much!

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