Crisp Cabbage Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Crisp Cabbage Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

I really hate to do this to you.  I know, I know … you are a classic BBQ staple and Southern favorite.  You have a space reserved between the potato salad and deviled eggs.

But, move over coleslaw, there is a new cabbage salad in town!!

Crisp cabbage salad with a bright, lemon garlic dressing!

So, I get it.  You’re probably thinking, really?  Cabbage salad?  Really?


There is a little Mediterranean restaurant near our office in down town that serves this salad.  One day, when they were out of stuffed grape leaves, I ordered their tomato and cabbage salad on a whim.  Now?  Hooked!  I can’t get enough!  I order it every single time we head over for their yogurt marinated chicken kabobs and homemade garlicky hummus.  But on the weekends, when my favorite cafe is nowhere in sight, I can make this crispy cabbage salad right at home!

Crisp Cabbage Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing


  • One 10 oz. package shredded green cabbage
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, smash the minced garlic until it is a paste.
  2. Whisk in the lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Toss in the cabbage and tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.


I used packaged shredded cabbage for a short cut but you can use your food processor to shred fresh cabbage, too. I like Roma tomatoes because they are smaller and have less seeds and juice inside. As for the dressing, you can adjust the amount of lemon and garlic to taste.

Trust me.  You’ll love this!

This salad is crisp and crunchy with a tangy dressing loaded with lemon and garlic.  It is easy, SO easy, to put together, especially if you take advantage of the pre-shredded cabbage in the produce section of your grocery store {ahem, like I did}.  There is no mayo or creamy dressing, so this chilled, crisp and light cabbage salad is perfect to serve at all those warm Summer BBQs!

You can use this same lemon garlic dressing over salad greens or pasta salad, too!

Cabbage salad with lemon garlic dressing - such a fresh Summer side dish!

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  1. Keri…Thanks for including my gazpacho soup recipe! I’m seriously drooling over your cabbage recipe too girlfriend! I LOVE those kind of salads! I fool the family when I serve these kind of goodies.. they forget it’s a salad :)

  2. Oh man, I am all over this! I love to eat my cabbage with just lemon and feta so I’m going to love the addition of tomatoes and garlic!

  3. What a great and easy to make side dish. It looks so pretty with the tomatoes too.

  4. JaneEllen says:

    Great dish, looks and sounds so good, crisp and light. Think I ‘d love this and hubs would want to add all kinds of veggies to it. Whichever way I’d like to make some. And I’ll definitely buy the pre-shredded cabbage. We usually only buy the roma tomatoes, others too expensive for our budget now. We were hoping to get tomatoes from our plants but they’ve died, too hot.
    Great post. Happy week

  5. I love love LOVE cabbage! Raw, cooked….whatever, I’ll eat it. Looks like a terrific salad :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  6. There is a head of cabbage in my fridge BEGGING for this recipe. I found your recipe over at the Create, Link, Inspire Tuesday link party at Naptime Creations. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link Have a wonderful day!


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