A crunchy colorful cabbage salad that is healthy, tasty, and super easy to make. This Indian salad has an earthy tempering of mustard seeds and turmeric over finely chopped cabbage and a mix of crisp veggies finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
This recipe is adapted from a dear friend who often whipped up this colorful and flavor-packed spicy cabbage salad for potlucks and dinner parties. I would always be in awe to see her make it. It was always a hit and it not only stood out but also perfectly complemented all the other elaborate Indian dishes.
- Green Cabbage - Thinly sliced green cabbage makes a crunchy base for this salad. Green Cabbage is affordable, has a longer shelf life, and is loaded with nutrients.
- Peppers - red and green peppers add a nice pop of color but you can use any peppers you have They add the perfect sweetness to the salad.
- Carrots - If you have a julienne peeler, use it to make those pretty noodle-like sticks or simply slice them thinly.
- Red onion - the deep color adds a pretty pop of color and crunch
- Purple Cabbage - Although optional purple cabbage is a good source of fiber and Vitamins A, C, K, and B6.
- Spices - black mustard seeds, asafoetida, turmeric, and red chili powder, make flavorful and earthy tempering with a touch of heat from the red chili powder.
- Lemon - generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice adds tangy and fresh flavor to the salad rounding up the spices.
How to Make Cabbage Salad
The best part of this dish is the tadka or "tempering" which takes less than 5 minutes to make. Heat up the oil until it's shimmering and add the mustard seeds. As they start popping, add hing or asafetida, turmeric, and red chili powder. That's all! Pour this aromatic tadka on the cabbage slaw that elevates the flavors of each vegetable in the salad.
Serve as a side dish with your favorite Indian meal. Or get creative and serve it as a spicy slaw with Masala Chicken Burgers, Pulled Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Hariyali Salmon, Chicken Tikka Kebab, or Tandoori Salmon. This low-calorie vegan salad will complement any meal.
A Perfect Side Dish with Vegetarian Meals
More Cabbage Recipes
We love to incorporate cabbage into our everyday meals. It is an inexpensive vegetable that is packed with nutrition, has a long shelf life, and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Here are some of our favorite Indian cabbage recipes:
- Cabbage Rice - A popular one-pot meal on the blog, this recipe uses a lot of cabbage that simply melds along with the rice
- Gobi Paratha - Red Cabbage Parathas
- Patta Gobi Sabzi - Cabbage stir fry with options to add lentils, peas, or carrots this versatile recipe is quick & flavorful
- Veg Hakka Noodles - Cut cabbage into long thin strips and load it up in this family-favorite noodle dish
- Lemon Coriander Soup - Spicy Chicken soup with ginger and jalapeños with added crunch and nutrients from thinly sliced cabbage for
Indian Cabbage Salad
- 2 cups green cabbage thinly sliced and chopped
- ½ cup red pepper thinly sliced
- ½ cup green pepper thinly sliced
- ½ cup carrots julienned
- ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
- ½ cup purple cabbage. thinly sliced and chopped optional
- 1½ tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon asafetida
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 lemon cut into half & juiced
- Mix all the veggies in a medium bowl.
- Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add mustard seeds. Turn the heat off as the mustard seeds start to pop. Add asafetida, turmeric & red chili powder.
- Pour this tempering over the veggies. Add salt and lemon juice. Mix well and enjoy.
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Andy Blackwell says
This Cabbage salad is brilliant, thank you so much. Forget coleslaw, this is the 'go-to' for us now. I made it this evening to go with frittata, roasted Mediterranean vegetables and new potatoes. Delicious, and healthy. I just want to try it with everything: curries, roti, kebabs, cold meats, even fish and chips (we're British)!
perfect for all the green and red cabbage I have. Thank you!
Hollis Claire says
This looks amazing!!! How long would this salad last in the refrigerator? I'd like to meal prep some healthy lunches.
It can last for 2 days refrigerated.
Great way to get more veggies in.
I loved it!
Liz T says
Love this!!! So fresh and bright! I used a lime instead of lemon because it's what I had, and used some paprika and black pepper instead of chili powder for my young kids. Definitely will be making this again.
Thank you Liz! So glad that the children loved it too!
Rupa Chigurupati says
This salad is delicious and I make it all the time. I add curry leaves to the tadka and mix in a handful of fresh cilantro at the end. Great recipe! Thank you Archana!
Love the addition of curry leaves!