Warm Cabbage and Apple Salad

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I am always looking to increase my vegetable intake in different ways. In summer, fresh salads are really great and changing it up by using different salad greens as well as some seasonal fruits keeps it interesting. And now that the weather will be slowly turning cold, warm soups are more comforting. However, warm salads like this one can be equally inviting!

To make warm salads, you can do a few different things: you can cook the vegetables slightly (as I do in this recipe), add grilled meats or seafood, or roast the vegetables and toss them with a dressing!

I regularly make a cabbage and pineapple coleslaw. This week since I had picked up some fresh apples from our local farm, I decided to use them in the slaw. And on a whim, I decided to cook the cabbage slightly adding fresh ginger for flavor. This delicious, warm salad tasted great paired with some sautéed tuna steaks. You can use either red cabbage or regular cabbage for this recipe but I prefer to use red cabbage.

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Warm Cabbage and Apple Salad
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Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 2
For the salad:
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ¼ head of a medium purple (or green) cabbage, shredded thinly
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 green apple or any other apple, chopped fine
  • 10-12 raisins (optional)
For the dressing:
For the dressing:
  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a small glass jar. Cover the jar and shake to mix. Keep aside.
For making the salad:
  1. Heat a stainless steel saute pan. When hot, add the oil. Immediately add the cabbage, the ginger and sea salt. stir to mix and cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Open the lid and add the apple pieces and stir and cook for 1 more minute. Turn heat off. Add the raisins.
  3. Now pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and stir to mix everything well. Serve immediately or keep aside for 15 minutes before serving.


About Indira Pulliadath

Indira Pulliadath is a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) and an AIP Certified Coach. Before working as a Nutritionist, she worked as a researcher in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the field of pharmacoeconomics. She started exploring healing diets five years ago when she was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The disease pretty much crippled her, progressing very rapidly to all her joints. Over a period of two years, she tried several diets and alternative therapies, which did not help her much. Finally it was the AIP diet that helped to reduce her pain and inflammation greatly. Once she began to get better, she decided to switch careers and become a nutritional therapist so she could help other people. When she is not doing health coaching or researching, she is experimenting in her kitchen! She loves to develop Paleo and AIP versions of her family’s favorite recipes. You can find her recipes on her blog 'Cook2Nourish’ and on her Youtube channel. She is also active on Instagram and Facebook. Indira lives in Connecticut with her husband and two teenage children. As a family they enjoy hiking in the beautiful trails in and around Connecticut.


  • Lois Chowen says

    I really like the presentation of this post. I have been looking for a plugin like this for my recipes. Are you willing to tell me what plugin you are using? Thanks in advance. And, by the way, I am definitely going to try this recipe. I love apple/cabbage salads and have not tried a warm one.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Lois! The plugin we use is called Easy Recipe Pro. Hope it helps!

  • Sue Gilbert says

    Just started with auto immune diet to help.Hashimotos.
    Good to see such delicious and easy recipes. I am not a cook! Makes me feel happier about the diet I need to eat. I am looking at all the positives ..what I can have and all the interest ing dishes I can eat.

  • Susan says

    Super good salad! The flavors all blend together so well. Will definitely be making it again. Thank you!

  • Susan says

    LOVED this salad! A great combination of flavors and an easy AIP to put together. Thank you:)

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