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This cabbage and bell pepper salad was an instant favorite; refilled my bowl 3 times! I picked up this recipe on our recent trip to California while visiting my hubby’s family. My mother-in-law is a fantastic cook. She just “made this up” with my sister-in-law. Someday I too will just “make things up.” I guess I feel like I don’t have enough time to be ultra creative with recipes.

I do work nights full time so between that and being a mom, wife, worship leader and now I’m starting a once-a-week pre-school for my son and his little cousins (weee!),… you get the picture. So for now I’ll stick to the tried-and-true recipes that I know will work…

Back to this salad; it’s very easy to make, especially if you have a Mandoline for shredding the cabbage. You can prep the salad and dressing several hours ahead of time and combine everything just before serving.

Cabbage and Bell Pepper Salad Ingredients:

1/2 large or 1 small cabbage
1 yellow or orange or  red bell pepper (or 5-6 mini peppers)
1 small head of broccoli
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Dressing Ingredients:

Juice of 1 small lemon
3 Тbsp sunflower oil (olive oil works too but sunflower is better)
1 Тbsp mayo
1 Тbsp sour cream
1 tsp sugar
1/2  tsp garlic powder (or use 1 tsp of garlic salt instead of garlic powder and salt)
1/2 tsp salt
2 heaping Тbsp dill (fresh or frozen)
2 heaping Тbsp parsley (optional)

Cabbage and Bell Pepper Salad

How to make Cabbage & Bell Pepper Salad:

1. For the dressing: In a small bowl mix together juice of 1 small lemon, 3 Тbsp of sunflower oil, 1 Тbsp mayo, 1 Тbsp sour cream, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2  tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp salt (or just 1 tsp garlic salt), 2 heaping Тbsp chopped dill and 2 heaping Тbsp chopped parsley. Refrigerate dressing and start on the salad.

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2. Wash your veggies. Using a Mandoline or a knife, thinly slice 1 small cabbage and place it in a large mixing bowl.

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3. Chop 1 small head of broccoli into small peaces. I used the Vidalia Chop Wizard with the larger blades.

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4. Cut bell pepper lengthwise into 4 slices or mini peppers in half and than slice them  across into small strips.

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5. Dice half a bunch of green onions, about 1/2 cup. Add everything to the mixing bowl with cabbage.

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6. When ready to serve (no need to let it marinate for long periods of time), pour the prepared dressing over the salad and mix well until all of the veggies are evenly coated with the dressing 🙂

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Cabbage and Bell Pepper Salad

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This cabbage and bell pepper salad was an instant favorite; refilled my bowl 3 times! It's very easy to make, especially if you have a mandoline for shredding the cabbage. You can prep the salad and dressing several hours ahead of time and combine everything just before serving.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large or 1 small cabbage
  • 1 yellow or orange or red bell pepper or 5-6 mini peppers
  • 1 small head of brocolli
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 3 Тbsp sunflower oil olive oil works too but sunflower is better
  • 1 Тbsp mayo
  • 1 Тbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or use 1 tsp of garlic salt instead of garlic powder and salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 heaping Тbsp dill fresh or frozen
  • 2 heaping Тbsp chopped fresh parsley optional

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl mix together juice of 1 small lemon, 3 Тbsp of sunflower oil, 1 Тbsp mayo, 1 Тbsp sour cream, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp salt (or just 1 tsp garlic salt), 2 heaping Тbsp chopped dill and 2 heaping Тbsp chopped parsley. Refrigerate dressing and start on the salad.
  2. Wash your veggies. Using a mandoline or a knife, thinly slice 1 small cabbage and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Chop 1 small head of broccoli into small peaces.
  4. Cut bell pepper into small strips.
  5. Dice half a bunch of green onions, about 1/2 cup. Add everything to the mixing bowl.
  6. When ready to serve, pour the prepared dressing over the salad and mix well until all of the veggies are evenly coated with the dressing :).

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  • Theresa BUTLER
    July 25, 2018

    Made this for lunch today. Excellent. Will keep this in my file. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for the great review, Theresa! Reply

  • Aksana
    November 16, 2017

    I’m not a big fan of fresh broccoli (it tastes bitter to me), can it be substituted for something else and still keeps it delicious? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2017

      Hi Aksana, I haven’t tried anything different but it will still taste great if you omit the broccoli or maybe try replacing it with cauliflower or more of the rest of the ingredients in the salad 🙂 Reply

  • Liliya
    July 8, 2017

    Made this salad last week. Had half a cabbage left over from making borscht.. Oh my!! It was amazing! Husband and I couldn’t stop eating it! So good! Thank you for another awesome recipe!! I do need to buy that mandolin asap though.. I’m s u p e r s l o w at cutting cabbage by hand lol Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 8, 2017

      YES! I’m so glad to hear you both love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Liliya! Reply

  • Luda
    September 20, 2016

    I didn’t have a lemon so I used a lime instead, and it was sooooo good!!! I am sure it would have been even better with lemon. And I love Russian Sunflower oil. I think it makes this salad. Thanks so much for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 20, 2016

      Luda, you are welcome and thank you for sharing that with us 😀. Reply

  • Maryna
    September 1, 2015

    So I decided I need more salads in my life and found this recipe. It’s AMAZING!!! I had to ditch some of the ingredients (like sour cream) but it still came out awesome and I ate a full bowl barely leaving some for my husband’s lunch (the reason I made it). Definitely will be making more of this!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 1, 2015

      Maryna, thank you for such a great review, and I’m so happy that you love the recipe :D. Reply

  • Olga
    February 17, 2015

    Just made this salad!!!! Oh my its sooo good!!! Thank you Natasha for this delicious recipe! Love the dressing! I did add just a little bit more sugar to it, and I couldn’t stop eating!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2015

      Olga, thank you so much for the great review, enjoy :D. Reply

  • Lily
    February 7, 2015

    Made this today. Also added shredded carrot, and red cabbage as well. Omg, it was sooooo good. Amazing dressing! I absolutely loved it! Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2015

      Thank you Lily! I’m so happy you loved it! We love it too. I just made this for the baby shower this past weekend. I love how flavorful it is. The dressing really dresses it up! 🙂 Reply

  • Elya
    February 3, 2015

    Hi Natasha, i came across this salad, it looks delicious. Can i ask what brand of mandolin slicer you have? And where did you buy it bc im looking into buying one. Thanks so much! :o) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2015

      Elya, I use Zyliss Mandolin, you can buy it on Amazon. It works great for shredding cabbage and has a fry cutter. Reply

  • Tatyana
    September 7, 2014

    Natasha,
    First of all, I would like to Congratulate you and your husband as you’re expecting a new addition into your beautiful family!

    I finally had a chance to try this wonderful salad. Thank you to you and your mom-in-law for this wonderful and re-freshening salad! It’s going into my keeper pile and will be seen on my family’s table during Sundays and Holidays. Yes, it’s that good and that special. I love how beautiful, nutritious,yummy and light this salad is! My super picky 6 year old twice filled her plate!! Thank you again and keep these wonderful recipes coming! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 7, 2014

      Tanya, thank you for a great review, your comment is music to my ears :). I love when my son enjoys what I make, it’s the best feeling. Reply

  • Alja
    September 1, 2014

    Made this yesterday. Left out the dill and parsley (not a fan but I might try some cilantro next time). It was fabulous! Leftovers tasted even better today. Thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 1, 2014

      I’m so glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites too! 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    May 3, 2014

    we loved the salad! The dressing is amazing! mayo and sour cream with the aroma of sunflower seed oil. .. couldnt get enough! Thx! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 4, 2014

      I’m so happy you loved it! Isn’t sunflower oil great? Which reminds me, I’m almost out, I better get some more quick! 🙂 Reply

  • Liz
    January 20, 2014

    Thank you, Natasha. Have a wonderful week! Reply

  • Agnes
    January 19, 2014

    Hi, I was looking for salad ideas when i chanced upon your blog. Can I ask if all the veggies are eaten raw in this recipe? no steaming/scalding required?

    By the way, since i stumbled onto your blog i took the chance to browse through your recipes… they all look so good! great job Natasha and thanks for sharing them all 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 19, 2014

      Welcome to the blog Agnes :). All the veggies, used in the recipe are raw. I hope you’ll find some new favorites. Reply

  • alana
    October 29, 2013

    This was a delish salad with potatoes and pork! thanks!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 29, 2013

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • cher
    July 17, 2013

    Hi Natasha! Do you have recipe of Ukrainian/Russian (fermented) sour cabbage? Thanks! I can’t wait to try this salad! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2013

      I don’t have one posted yet, but I will be talking to my mom about getting the recipe so that I can have it posted soon, thanks for the idea :). Reply

  • Enna
    March 23, 2013

    Can i make it the night before? or is it goin to be soggy? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2013

      Make the dressing separately and chop your entire salad and refrigerate, then the day of your party, mix the dressing into the salad before serving. Reply

  • MILASHKA D
    March 6, 2013

    I LOVE IT Reply

  • Julia
    February 11, 2013

    Made this today and loved it! It made quite a lot so hubby will be taking it for lunch tomorrow & I’ll have it for lunch as well 😀 Thank you. I agree with previous posters, tastes very fresh and was worth the effort. Printing it for my cooking binder! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2013

      Awesome, I’m glad you love the recipe Julia :). Reply

  • Make similar salad but buy yogurt ranch dressing. This dressing recipe sounds yummy, will try. Mandoline slicer is a must for this salad!:) Reply

  • Olya
    January 17, 2013

    Looks Awesome!! Can’t wait to make it!!!! Reply

  • Mariya F.
    January 14, 2013

    What a great combination of veggies and all the “good stuff” this salad was, Natasha!! Just made it yesterday, and it is YAMMY!! 🙂 Thanks once again, darlin!! 😉 Reply

  • Oksana
    January 9, 2013

    I made this salad for dinner today and it was a huge hit! Thanks for a great recipe, I will be craving this salad a lot now. My husband refilled his plate 4 times and there was also other food that we ate. He just kept on saying how fresh and good the salad tastes. I did add fresh cucumbers to my salad 🙂 Thanks and God Bless! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 9, 2013

      You are welcome Oksana :). May God bless you and your family richly this year as well. Reply

  • olessa
    January 9, 2013

    this is one great and healthy salad! my family loves it, even my 17 month old daughter was munching away on the salad. thank you so much and God Bless you!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 9, 2013

      You are welcome :). I will pass this on to my mom in law. Reply

  • Nataliya
    January 8, 2013

    Natasha you dont mention lemon in step by step instructions Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2013

      Fixed. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    January 7, 2013

    Made this salad at my parent’s house Sunday, everyone loved it! Thanks so much for the recipe! I had a hard time thinly slicing the cabbage….and it doesn’t help that my mom is quite picky about that:) Do you have any tips? The dressing is soo delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 7, 2013

      Did you try a mandolin slicer? Turns out perfect every time and so quick! Reply

  • January 5, 2013

    It’s been so hot this summer that I can’t get enough salads. Every meal – I want a salad. There’s nothing about this cabbage and bell pepper salad that doesn’t call my name. I’ll be having this tonight with my chicken! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2013

      Me too! I love salads and I hope you love this one!! 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    January 5, 2013

    hi thanks for the recipe! do i need to squeeze the lemon juice into the dressing mix? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2013

      yes :). Reply

  • January 4, 2013

    Lovely! Pinned it! Reply

  • alana
    January 4, 2013

    Its now on the top of my to do list lol:) thanks Natasha and ur hubby:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2013

      You are welcome Alana :). Reply

  • vikulya
    January 3, 2013

    Sounds good! Colorful and healthy veggies with an interesting.dressing! Yum:)
    Thank you for sharing, dear!
    Ps. My favorite cookbook is your website:-) I am planning to make a binder of printed recipes) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2013

      You are welcome :). I have been putting my own recipes in the binder as well, working straight from the computer screen is not always ideal with greasy fingers :D. Reply

  • Alla
    January 3, 2013

    looks simple and light but perfect, makes me think of summer….you really are quite busy! when do u find time to blog/cook/take pics between working full time and sleeping? 🙂 and once a week preshool? please tell me more 🙂 or maybe start another blog…???? 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2013

      The salad is very simple with bell peppers and I love the vibrant colors. I always like to be productive and having a very supportive husband makes it even better :). Reply

  • You are one busy momma! Kudos to you for all that you do. This salad looks yummy, as do all of your recipes:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2013

      Thank you :). We made it last Sunday and took it over to my parent’s house for dinner…no leftovers. Reply

  • Olya
    January 3, 2013

    Looks sooo yummylishes!!!! I feel like I’m gonna love that dressing so much to use it for any salad 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2013

      The dressing does have a unique flavor 🙂 and it’s so easy. You might need to add an extra tbsp of mayo if your cabbage is on the larger size. Reply

  • Mariya F.
    January 3, 2013

    Looks so delish, will have to try it soon!! 🙂 Thanks Natasha!! 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2013

      Let me know what you think after making it 🙂 Reply

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