Behold the humble red cabbage.

For just about 2 dollars, you can add vibrant color to any salad or roasted veggie dish, enjoy a satisfying crunch for dipping, create a warm and filling side dish for dinner and brighten your table with a centerpiece, thanks to red cabbage.

Red cabbage is basic. It’s healthful. It’s readily available. It’s something we can all give thanks for in every economy.


I recently created a vase using red cabbage after seeing something on Pinterest and it piqued my children’s curiosity… What else can we do with red cabbage? My daughter has been loving tzatziki lately and discovered that red cabbage is terrific for dipping.

I was first introduced to red cabbage in college, thanks to my freshman year roommate. She used to prepare it thinly sliced with fresh squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and salt. It was amazing and so incredibly simple! The earthy flavor, sometimes with a faint bitterness makes it an ideal companion with apples – also plentiful this time of year.

Braised red cabbage is perfect for cold weather and an excellent accompaniment to any Thanksgiving meal. It’s also one of those really low maintenance recipes that allows your inner multitasker to shine (aka, throw the ingredients in a pan and go do loads of other things!)

Here are two great recipes that you can throw together using just one head of red cabbage!

Braised Red Cabbage



2 tablespoons of butter

2 chopped shallots

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes

½ medium head of shredded red cabbage

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups of water

2 tablespoons of molasses

1 bay leaf

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice


melt the butter over medium heat in a pan. Add shallots and apples and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes. Add everything else, cover the pan and cook for approximately one hour, stirring occasionally.

Cabbage Apple Salad



½ medium head of finely shredded red cabbage

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into thick matchsticks

⅓ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Juice of one lime

¼ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Mix together and enjoy! This salad is delicious the next day too!

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Gillian Fein

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Gillian Fein


Founder of LaLa Lunchbox, a fun, easy-to-use iOS app that takes the stress out of lunch planning and helps families save money and time. Hailed by The New York Times, Parenting, Swiss-Miss and more, the app empowers kids to have a say in their meals, and makes a game out of what was once a frustrating chore. Gillian worked in the public health sector for nearly a decade after receiving her MBA from Columbia University and lives in New York City with her husband and three kids.