Cabbage Orange Salad

Unfortunately, the incoming Obama administration has potentially failed those of us that want to see a food revolution.  Tom Vilsack, Governor of Iowa (and a good friend of multinational food corporations such as Monsanto) has been nominated Secretary of Agriculture.  Rather than the promised change, we are facing more of the same.  This is a problem.

To block confirmation of Vilsack, you can sign this online petition coordinated by the Organic Consumers Association.  It will be sent to the President elect’s office as well as your senators and has already received more than 20,000 online participants.  Take a second to sign and remember –yes we can!

On another note, way back when, around Thanksgiving I asked what dishes you would like to see more of up here.  That question really got me thinking, what do I actually want to be preparing and eating?  Well, ever since I asked myself that question I have been on a vegetable kick.

During the weekends when things are a little slower in my home, I have been making meals with several veggie side dishes.  The salad below is one of our favorites.  Easy to make, full of satisfying flavors and a burst of gorgeous color, it’s the perfect dish for any winter table.

Cabbage Orange Salad

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Servings 4


  • ½ head purple cabbage
  • 1 inch orange, peeled and sliced into ½ segments
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • dash chili powder


  • Slice the cabbage as thinly as possible
  • Place cabbage in a large salad bowl, add the orange segments
  • Toss with olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice then sprinkle with a dash of chili powder
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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This simple yet stunningly colorful make ahead dish tastes even better the next day after the flavors have marinated and blended together.


25 responses to “Cabbage Orange Salad”

  1. kara -Thanks for your comment and for spreading the word!

    Hayley -Happy New Year!

    cdecocina -Thanks!

    Kelly -I couldn’t agree with you more. I hope the President-elect will take heed.

    Lauren -This is indeed one of my favorite salads. Your combination sounds divine.

    Bev B. -You’re welcome! Thanks for the link.

    Suzanne -I hope you daughter enjoys this as her first lunch back to school :-) Thanks for stopping by.

    Rivkah -Thank you for signing the petition. I’m glad you are enjoying the site.

    Tessa -I’m humbled :-) thanks for your comment.

    Emily -Cabbage is amazing, isn’t it? Thanks!

    Theresa -No problem. Please, keep spreading the word.

    Suzette -It seems that the Vilsack nomination hits home for a lot of
    us. I think every President has their faults. Let’s just hope for
    Obama’s sake that this is the worst of them ;-)

    Shari -It’s one of my favorite fruit and vegetable combination salads.
    Thank you for commenting and signing the petition.

    Rachel -I agree. I hope that Obama’s creation of will keep his
    administration a little more in tune to our concerns.

    jazzygus -Thanks for the kudos!

    pg -Your variation sounds lovely! I hope you like mine just as well. Thanks!

    Sarah -Thanks! Hope your boys like it as much as mine did.

  2. This looks wonderful! My boys love red cabbage, I am going to try this next week (after I go grocery shopping lol).

    I love your site, thank you for taking the time to post recipes. I am always looking for recipes without refined white sugar and they can be difficult to find. Thanks again.

  3. I love love love raw red cabbage.

    I will have to try this version, as I usually eat it pretty simple (the same way my dad made it for me growing up) sliced as thin as possible (way better, trust me, use a mandolin, something magical happens) with just a dusting of salt, a good heap of sugar, loads of black pepper, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. I probably have eaten it 2-3 times a week for my entire life.

    Another variation will probably be a good thing!

  4. AMAZING!!! I love cabbage! Such a simple salad, and soo stunning…I always love your veggie dishes,Thanks!

  5. Elana,

    Thank you for including the online petition to protest Vilsak’s appointment. This is so disappointing to me, also. I fear politics as usual even with all of Obama’s promises for change. It’s vitally important that everybody pass this along to all who care about small, clean, organic family farms and their future in this country.


  6. Elana,

    Thanks for both the beautiful recipe combining cabbage and orange – elevating both! Creative and beautiful. Lovely!!!

    And thanks so very much for your notice of a good way to respond to the bad appointment of Tom Vilsak. I’ve signed now and I join you in urging this great on line community to look and SIGN!

    thanks Elena!


  7. Elana,

    The salad looks wonderful — but I’m responding to more than that, which is that horrible news about Vilsack … news to me, personally, at least. I encourage folks to go to the link and sign the petition to block Vilsack’s appointment. Sigh … and I hoped that Obama could do no wrong. :-( Just call me a cockeyed optimist, as it had to be too good to be true.

  8. Dear Elena,

    Thanks so much for including the petition on your website. I will be sure to forward it to everyone on my email list.

    Thanks again for all you do.
    Theresa Watson
    Merritt Island, FL

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