Purple cabbage ranks higher in terms of nutrition and benefits than green cabbage. To make purple cabbage a part of your weekly meal rotation, here are 25 easy-to-make purple cabbage recipes that make mealtime extra special — and healthy!. Let’s find out the delicious recipes to ensure a frequent intake of this nutritious vegetable.


Why is purple cabbage good for you?

Purple cabbage is an excellent source of dietary fiber essential for supporting digestive health while keeping you fuller for longer. Second, its highly rich in anthocyanin – an antioxidant that gives it its distinctive purple color and protects the body from chronic diseases.

Why is purple cabbage called red cabbage?

Purple cabbage is often called red cabbage due to its deep reddish-purple color. Purple cabbage can turn blue or green when cooked or boiled due to the change in its PH level. However, when used raw in salads or other recipes, purple cabbage maintains its deep purple color.

1. Red Cabbage Salad

When hunger strikes, you can count on “Red cabbage salad” as the go-to food that won’t weigh you down. The best part is that it contains cabbage in its healthiest raw form. It involves preparing the vinaigrette dressing using vinegar, honey, and mustard, mixing it with the shredded cabbage, and finally adding apples and pecans for a crunchy twist.


2. Cabbage Coleslaw with Sweet Corn

This easy-to-make Vegan coleslaw will make your mouth water with its delicious flavors. Start by preparing the dressing using mayonnaise and lemon, and season it with salt and pepper. Add thinly sliced cabbage, sweet corn, chopped coriander leaves, and green onions to the dressing. Mix until combined well. The dressing adds a creamy twist with tangy notes to your cabbage slaw, without weighing you down.

3. Gut-Friendly Ginger Garlic Cabbage Sauté

Let’s add a delicious twist to mealtime by making this ginger garlic cabbage sauté. Start by toasting sesame seeds until golden. Sauté onions in coconut oil until soft. Then add cabbage and season it with salt and pepper, and let it cook until soft. Finish the dish by adding ginger, garlic, and shredded carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Top it with toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Make a big batch of this hormone-balancing side to enjoy throughout the week.

4. Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Here is a bonus recipe for steak lovers. This delicious vegetable steak works excellently as a snack or as a main course if you’re following a calorie deficit diet. It’s easy to make and doesn’t involve fancy ingredients. Brush seasoned oil over the cabbage and roast it at 400 F for 20 minutes. Add your favorite herbs and spices to enhance the flavor.

5. Pesto Roasted Cauliflower & Purple Cabbage

An incredibly visually appealing side dish is now easy to make at home. No need to go out to enjoy restaurant-made meals. Marinate the cauliflower with sage pesto dressing and roast it with purple cabbage. The result is a wholesome and delightful side dish for which your taste buds will thank you!

6. Creamy Southern Cabbage Casserole

A vegetable casserole? Sounds weird? It shouldn’t be. This creamy casserole cannot be disregarded when praising delicious dishes that use cabbage as a key ingredient. Layer cornflakes on the casserole, followed by cabbage and cooked onions, top it with white sauce, and mayo mix with a final layer of cheese on the top. This casserole is then baked uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 F until turned golden. Serve warm!

7. Red Cabbage Soup

Who wouldn’t want a hearty soup on their menu? Red cabbage soup is an ideal appetizer to warm you up on a chilly day. This soup is packed with flavors and is an excellent meal for your whole family. Made by cooking cabbage and assorted veggies in oil, along with some tomato paste for extra flavor, this soup is irresistible.

8. Beef Cabbage Stir Fry

Struggling to find a quick and satisfying meal? Then this ground beef stir fry is for you! This low-carb dish is packed with tons of veggies to fulfill your daily need for protein and other nutrients. Add chopped veggies to cooked beef and cook for 2-3 minutes. Finish the dish with pepper, garlic, and tamari sauce to enjoy a delicious yet nutritious meal ready in 15 minutes.

9. Crumbled Sausage, Cabbage and Chestnut Pan Fry

If you want to excite your guests, add crumbled sausages with cabbage to your menu list. This dish is simple to prepare and can easily become your signature dish. Cook sausages till crunchy and golden, then toss in seasoned red cabbage for a comforting one-pot meal.

10. Braised Red Cabbage, Merguez Sausages, and Lentils

Spice your day with this braised red cabbage, merguez sausages, and lentils recipe. This recipe features super nutritious cooked Merguez sausages made from lamb or beef that combine harissa and fennel seeds. Adding oven-cooked cabbage seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lentils turns this dish into a gorgeous, delicious supper.

11. Sesame Sauteed Red Cabbage

Are you searching for a delicious side to complement your main course meal? It might be challenging to find a healthy side that is mouthwatering yet easy to prepare at the same time. Don’t fret! It’s all there in the sesame sautéed red cabbage. This recipe includes sautéing crunchy cabbage in sesame oil and seasoning it with chili paste and soy sauce. Finish the dish with toasted sesame seeds and season with salt to taste. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve warm.


12.  Broccoli and Red Cabbage Salad

If you are switching to healthy eating and looking for red cabbage salad recipes, this might be one of the best cabbage recipes you must try! This red cabbage salad is about adding cooked broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, and cranberries to a mixing bowl. Toss in peanut butter dressing and mix. This salad will keep you fuller for longer.

13. Sausage and Cabbage Skillet Dinner

Dinner calls for sausage and cabbage skillet if you want a hassle-free meal, especially after a long day. It’s just another easy purple cabbage recipe to satisfy your appetite and add to your repertoire. Sauté the sausage in oil and season with vinegar and mustard. Add chopped onions and cabbage and season with salt and pepper. Serve alongside your favorite bread to enjoy a comforting yet affordable meal while staying at home.

14. German Cabbage & Apples

Say goodbye to a hefty list of ingredients and challenging meals. Make this German cabbage and apple recipe at home to surprise your guests. Cook apples in coconut oil on medium-high until starting to brown. Stir in purple cabbage and let it cook on medium until soft. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid until ready to eat. This is a perfect fall recipe you’ll want to make again and again!

15. Roasted Red Cabbage with Balsamic Orange Glaze

Going out to satisfy your cravings is not always a feasible option. Cook this easy roasted red cabbage at home, a perfect vegan and gluten-free recipe. Start by baking the red cabbage slices in the oven for 25 minutes until tender and lightly brown. The baked cabbage slices are coated with balsamic orange glaze and topped with chopped mint, hazelnut, and orange zest for the perfect flavors and textures.

16. Magenta Pink Pickled Eggs

If you’re looking for a dish to impress someone special, look no further! Introducing the Pink Pickled Eggs, a perfect treat for your friends and family. Boiled eggs with purple cabbage pickled in a jar using a pickling liquid made with vinegar, water, bay leaves, and spices. Red cabbage naturally colors the eggs, and the pickled eggs look fascinating in the jar. Gently cut in the middle using a sharp knife to serve them on your Easter table.

17. Pickled Cabbage

Pickled cabbage will grant you the luxury of enhancing the flavor of nearly every dish you can think of by adding savory flavors. Add delicious flavors to your bland meals by incorporating pickled cabbage into them. Making pickled cabbage is simple; the cabbage is preserved and dipped in a pickling solution for at least one hour. Pair with tacos, sandwiches, or burgers, or serve alongside roasted chicken!

18. Traditional German Red Cabbage (Rotkohl)

This dish has delicious flavors from peppery bacon, purple cabbage, and tarty notes from apples seasoned with traditional spices. Start by sauteing bacon, followed by tossing in the onion. Add thinly sliced cabbage and olive oil until it begins to wilt. Stir in the remaining ingredients and let the dish cook for 30-45 minutes. Adjust the spices; don’t overcook, or it will turn mushy. It will keep fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

19. Beet and Cabbage Sauerkraut

Are you looking for a gut-healing side? Then give beet-cabbage sauerkraut a try! Here’s how you can make it: First, grate some cabbage and beetroots and massage them with salt. Then, put them in a mason jar with their juices and a brine solution. Place the jar in your pantry for about 3 to 5 days. Longer fermentation will result in a sour taste. Chill overnight in the refrigerator to enjoy a variety of foods.

20. Easy Fried Cabbage Recipe

Who does not love a healthy meal with a delicious twist? This tasty fried cabbage is stir-fried and then topped off with crispy bacon, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying meal that is ideal for getting your daily dose of vegetables! Whip up this delicious cabbage stir-fry in just 20 minutes from simple pantry staples. Great to serve at lunch!

21. Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls

Treat your family to the savory flavors of Thai cuisine by making peanut soba noodles at home. Soba Noodles served with chopped cabbage and veggies of your choice and drizzled with savory and tangy peanut lime sauce, with hints of caramel flavor and garlicky notes, for a perfect culinary feast. Adding chopped cabbage and other veggies adds a perfect crunch and enhances the overall flavor of the noodles.

22. Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels

Looking for a colorful and delicious appetizer for vegetarians? Look no further than these veggie pinwheels! Packed with colorful veggies (bell peppers, carrots, yellow bell peppers, spinach, and shredded purple cabbage) and a flavorful ranch spread, all rolled up inside a tasty spinach tortilla wrap, they’re sure to be a hit with anyone who loves healthy food. Swap veggies or try with your favorite sauces to make different versions of this recipe. Perfect finger food on the go!

23.  Red Cabbage Juice

This red cabbage juice is a great way to incorporate purple cabbage into your diet to reap all the benefits of this antioxidant-rich vegetable. This wholesome cabbage juice is prepared by blending chopped tomatoes, apples, and cabbage. This juice is a natural remedy to treat constipation and is an ideal breakfast option.

24. Red Cabbage Taco

Using cabbage leaves as wraps and filling them with your favorite ingredients allows you to create a delicious and nutritious meal that suits your tastes and dietary needs. This low-carb wrap is super delicious and versatile. You can swap the ingredients to make the vegan version of this recipe. Perfect for picky eaters too!

25. Purple Cabbage Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing

Here is a perfect purple cabbage salad recipe for your summer BBQ party. This salad features nutritious veggies tossed in a Thai peanut dressing with a spicy kick of cayenne pepper for a delicious salad to serve over parties. For a kid-friendly salad, omit or reduce the quantity of cayenne pepper. Give this purple cabbage salad a try to impress your guests with your culinary skills!

And below I will leave you with one of my favorite recipes featuring purple cabbage.

3.67 from 3 votes

25 Best Purple Cabbage Recipes

By: Drizzlemeskinny.com
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Buddha Bowl featuring okra and purple cabbage i black bowl.


  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups okra pods
  • 1 head purple cabbage, grated
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 1 tsp favorite spice mix
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1 chili pepper , optional
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves


  • Preheat a lightly greased grill pan over medium-high heat; once hot, grill the mushrooms and peppers for a few minutes, until charred. Season your veggies to taste and reserve.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the okra pods thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Trim the stem ends of the okra pods using a sharp knife.
  • Place a skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the okra to the skillet in a single layer. Allow your okra to cook undisturbed for a few minutes, allowing it to brown slightly on one side. (Make sure to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to ensure even cooking).
  • Then, stir the okra with a spatula. Continue sautéing the okra for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes tender and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Next, make the avocado dressing by processing the avocado, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender.
  • Assemble your Buddha Bowl with all the ingredients and serve with the avocado dressing on the side. Bon appétit!


  • Makes 4 servings
  • 2 points per serving


Serving: 377gCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 37.9gProtein: 10.4gFat: 6.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.4gSodium: 69mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 11gSugar: 8.6gVitamin A: 5156IUIron: 4.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Vegan
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