Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad

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Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad

Like many of you out there..I am CRAVING greens right now!!

After the deluge of the holidays, I am content to avoid sugar and overeating for a very long time (I’d like to say forever..but then I probably wouldn’t be being realistic with myself!)!!

I stumbled upon this recipe at The Willing Cook, one of my blogging comrades.  I was eager to give this recipe a go, and I was NOT disappointed!

I was never much of a cabbage person growing up, but have since learned to love it.  It’s nutritious, cheap, and adds great crunch to so many things.    I love how this salad will keep it’s crunch even with the dressing on it….makes it easy to eat this for a lunch the next day!  I can also see how this will be a perfect picnic salad come summer too!

So grab the groceries, and put this on the list…a must try recipe!!

Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound cabbage, shredded or finely sliced
  • ½ pound bacon (I prefer Trader Joe's Applewood Smoked)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cups toasted, slivered almonds (350 degree oven for 3-7 minutes until golden)
  • ¼ cups sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Optional: dried cranberries or diced apple
  • Balsamic Dressing (Makes about 1 cup):
  • ¼ cups balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon herbs of choice (oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon)
  • ½ cups olive oil, extra-virgin
  1. Finely slice or shred your cabbage, toss into a salad bowl along with the other salad ingredients.
  2. Make your dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference.
  3. Toss the salad with the dressing, to taste. Start with less, you can always add more!


This recipe was shared on: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, GF Wednesdays,Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Seasonal Celebration Wednesday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Pennywise Platter, Raw Foods Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Wellness Weekend, GF Friday, Fight Back Friday, Whole Foods Friday,Healthy Vegan Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, My Meatless Monday, Make Your Own Monday, GF Monday, Natural Living Monday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays,Tasteful Tuesdays, Hearth & Soul, Traditional Tuesdays,


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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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9 comments on “Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad
  1. Chris says:

    Hi Tessa, the crunchy cabbage salad sounds delicious. And you are so right, after all the sweet, sickly gorgeously decadent foods, a plainer dish is something we all need. Thanks for sharing this and Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. When I looked at your picture, it looked like y
    ou added dried cranberries. I don't think you did, but it would make a very nice addition. Feta, if allowed, would be great too. I might have to try those additions the next time.

    Thanks for sharing my recipe!

  3. Eileen Beran says:

    I am so ready to eat healthy too! Thanks for posting.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I too crave greens at this time of year, so this is a recipe for keeps-thank you for sharing!

  5. This sounds super yummy, I am not a big cabbage eater. But I think its because I don’t have many good recipes! Now I have one more! Got this tweeted and pinned! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays!

  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the featured posts! :)

  7. emily says:

    oooo, I love cabbage! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. Just wanted to let you know that you will be featured at this weeks party!

  8. What a lovely, crunchy salad! I’ve pinned it for future reference :) I love the addition of the almonds. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop :)

  9. Your salad looks wonderful! I am featuring it on my Hearth and Soul Hop highlights this week.

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