If coleslaw is the first thing that comes to mind when you have cabbage on hand, try this wilted cabbage salad instead. A low-fat celery seed dressing cooks with shredded cabbage, bell peppers, and onions to give them a fresh, tart-sweet flavor.


1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons vegetable oil, such as olive or canola oil

4 cups shredded cabbage

3 large red bell peppers, cut into thin strips

1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced


1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, celery seed, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. In a very large nonstick saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, bell peppers, and onion, and toss gently to mix. Sauté, tossing the vegetables often, until they begin to soften and cook down, 6 to 7 minutes.

3. Stir in the vinegar mixture and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, tossing occasionally, until the vegetables are very tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

4. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Makes 4 servings

Cabbage & Green Pepper Salad For a visually opposite effect, use red cabbage instead of green, and green pepper instead of red.

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 120
total fat 2.8g
saturated fat 0.4g
cholesterol 0mg
dietary fiber 5g
carbohydrate 24g
protein 2g
sodium 162mg

Good source of: beta carotene, fiber, folate, potassium, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E

If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for a Healthy Heart, edited by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 20 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015