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Purple Salad Eaters

cabbage salad 1As promised, another vegetable dish for your kids to experiment with! I just love the beauty of purple cabbage. It makes any delicious so colorful and vibrant. I have posted several cabbage salads in the past, and we love them all. But I tend to go sweet on the cabbage salad, and this one is more savory.

Purple Salad Recipe

  • 6-8 cups shredded red cabbage, green cabbage, and chopped carrots


  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs spicy brown mustard

Mix together dressing and pour over vegetables.  Refrigerate at least an hour or until ready to serve.  Best when able to sit in the fridge for awhile.

cabbage salad 2

Why should you include purple cabbage in your kids diet?

  • EXCELLENT source of Vitamin K, C, fiber, and folate!
  • Red cabbage contains almost twice as much vitamin C as green cabbage!
  • Red (or purple) cabbage has a powerful antixodiant called anthocyanins.  There is 23 mg of this antioxidant per 100 grams and green cabbage actually has none!
  • Studies have shown raw cabbage has been effective in treating peptic ulcers. ( A lot though, 1 liter per day resulted in a healed ulcer in 10 days.)
  • Only 33 calories per cup with loads of vitamins.

Your kids should start learning to chop vegetables at a young age.  Preferably when they aren’t in the stage that they think they are Luke Skywalker and everything is a light saber to swing at the family dog.  Erica (age 10) did an amazing job of chopping these carrots for our salad.

girl cutting vegetables


Our favorite Cabbage salads!


written by
Amy Roskelley

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I love cabbage salads and this one looks like it will be really easy to make! Are those chow mein noodles sprinkled on top? Will have to add cabbage to my next grocery list 🙂 Thanks!

Amy says:

LOL.. Yes, I wasn’t going to mention the chow mein noodles.. Mine had hydrogenated fats 🙁
And you really don’t need them!

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Mary says:

I’ll have to try this … it looks yummy.

Vennesa says:

Erica is so cute!
I am going to try this one. Even my 4 year old has a job in the kitchen. She is my official carrot peeler and she’s very good at it. Not quite ready to handle a knife yet. But she loves to help so I’ll take it!

angee says:

Okay, so this summer, we decided to go to the grocery story and let each child pick out a new food to try. I started at the produce section. My son picked out purple cabbage. Now, I’ve never done anything with purple cabbage so I looked up some ideas on-line. With it being so big, I thought we’d do a fresh way and a cooked way. I fried up the purple cabbage like I do green cabbage. The kids didn’t like it much, but the adults did. I then used the purple cabbage in a salad, and it was my son’s favorite! He asked for it every time I went grocery shopping throughout the remainder of the summer. I can’t remember what the other two items were, but it was really fun and got my kids experimenting with new foods. I think because they had more ownership, they were more willing to try. We will definitely be trying this plan again! 🙂 And I’ll have to try some of your cabbage salad recipes on my little ones!

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