Cabbage, Carrot and Cranberry Salad Recipe
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My mom has been making this Cabbage, Carrot and Cranberry Salad the past few Sundays for our family dinners. Everyone loves this salad and it always gets devoured.
You can totally make it in advance because it stays crisp and delicious for several days in the fridge, even up to a week! This tastes amazing with potatoes or rice. Easy, excellent salad.
Cabbage, Carrot and Cranberry Salad Ingredients:
1 medium cabbage
1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), sliced into thin strips
2 large or 3 medium carrots
1/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
2 cups water
1 Tbsp salt + 1/2 tsp
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sunflower, vegetable or extra light olive oil (I used the olive oil)
2 large garlic cloves
How to Make Cabbage, Carrot and Cranberry Salad:
1. Boil water and remove from heat. Off the heat, add 1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup oil and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt. Stir in 2 pressed cloves of garlic (Tips for success: You don’t want to add garlic to boiling hot water or it will turn blue, that’s why you add it last to the syrup and off the heat).
2. Finely slice your cabbage (a mandolin makes this job way easier!) and thinly slice your bell pepper. Grate your carrots. In a large bowl, toss your veggies with your 1/3 cup cranberries to combine
3. Transfer your prepared veggies to a glass jar and pour in your prepared marinade. It’s perfectly ok if your syrup is still warm or even a little hot.
4. Press your cabbage down tightly so it reaches syrup. Your salad won’t need to marinate as long if the syrup is warm. Refrigerate your marinated salad. It will be delicious and ready to eat within 4-5 hours. It just get’s better with time.
I hope you love it like we do! 🙂
Cabbage Carrot and Cranberry Salad Recipe
- 1 medium cabbage
- 1 bell pepper, red, yellow, or orange, sliced into thin strips
- 2 large or 3 medium carrots
- 1/3 cup craisins, dried cranberries
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp salt + 1/2 tsp
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup sunflower, vegetable or extra light olive oil (I used the olive oil)
- 2 large garlic cloves
Boil water and remove from heat. Off the heat, add 1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup oil and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt. Stir in 2 pressed cloves of garlic (Tips for success: You don't want to add garlic to boiling hot water or it will turn blue, that's why you add it last to the syrup and off the heat).
Finely slice your cabbage (a mandolin makes this job way easier!) and thinly slice your bell pepper. Grate your carrots. In a large bowl, toss your veggies with your 1/3 cup cranberries to combine.
Transfer your prepared veggies to a glass jar and pour in your prepared marinade. It's perfectly ok if your syrup is still warm or even a little hot.
Press your cabbage down tightly so it reaches syrup. Your salad won't need to marinate as long if the syrup is warm. Refrigerate your marinated salad. It will be delicious and ready to eat within 4-5 hours.
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This is one of my go to salads for family get togethers. Always a hit! I usually shortcut it by buying a few bags coleslaw mix and just adding the bell peppers to it. Saves so much time. Thanks for all your amazing recipes. You are a lifesaver.
That’s a great idea! Thank you for sharing that with us, Inna!
This recipe looks wonderful! I’m wondering what you think it would be like if I didn’t use the 2 cups of water and just mixed the rest of the marinade ingredients and used it as a dressing just before serving?
I honestly haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.
Love this salad! Its just the right amounts of sweetness, garlic, and salt. I make it now for Thanksgiving every year:) Thank you!
You’re so welcome! Thank you for the great review!!
How large the jar should be for this recipe?
This recipe makes 8 cups of salad. I would recommend using something with a slightly larger capacity to fit this amount.
Thank you so much ☺️
This recipe sounds wonderful & has great reviews. I am wondering if the salt can be significantly reduced without adversely affecting the taste & longevity. We eat very little salt for health purpose. Thanks for any help from you or your readers.
Hi Marilyn, I would suggest cutting the salt in half and then adding more to taste into the finished salad. Usually if you add a little more vinegar, it can help to compensate for less salt.
omg!! i love this recipe..i was looking for a cabbage/carrot salad recipe…this is delicious…thank you so much..peace and love
You’re welcome Debby! I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review!
Just wanted u to know youre a huge lifesaver with your recipes and my family thanks you. 🙂
For this salad, how long is it good in the fridge for? We have a small family and don’t eat much. Am I able to close it in the jar with a tight lid to make it last longer? Thank in advance
Hi Stacy! I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes! Thank you for sharing that with me. Yes, this recipe keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week. I love that it is a make ahead salad! 🙂
you advised to not add garlic to warm/hot syrup… so when do you add the garlic? I would want it to marry with the other flavors… and I want to add a couple sliced jalapenos 🙂
You don’t want to add to boiling hot water. Give it 5 minutes off the heat and you’re good to go 🙂
Natasha, I need your opinion/ advice. While searching for a side dish recipe that I could make for a neighborhood summer outdoor party, I remembered about this salad, which is one of our family favorites. What do you think, will it still taste good and be safe to eat after being outside for a few hours with the temperature 75-80f? And what would be the best way to serve? I kind of like an idea of serving it in a glass jar it was made in, but then should I pour out all the juices? Or maybe it will be more convenient to have it in a big bowl? Also, maybe there is something else you could recommend from your recipes for this summer party that won’t spoil fast in summer heat? Thank you!
And when will we have a book with your wonderful recipes? :-))
Hi 🙂 I think this salad would hold up well in the conditions you described for a few hours. Keep it chilled as long as possible (I think this tastes really nice chilled). You can serve it in the jar it was made in and drain out some of the juices (You don’t have to drain all of the juices off if you serve it with a slotted serving utensil so the juice can drain as you lift it out of the jar.
Can I leave out the craisins? My husband is not a fan. Thanks.
You can leave out craisins. Let me know how it turns out 😁
Amazing salad! So good, Im making it for Thanksgiving this year! Thank you so much for sharing Natasha!
That’s awesome! Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you! 🙂
The best crunchy, tangy and gets-better-with-time cole slaw EVER! (I honestly could eat this every day.)
I’d been looking for a lower fat, non-creamy slaw that I could use in my fish tacos. Any other recipe I tried either left a bitter taste or did not produce a brightly-coloured, flavourful or festive looking dish. This slaw does not disappoint. Everyone in my family loves it including my husband who tends to stay away from viniagrette dressings because they tend to overpower the main ingrediants. The amount of vinegar in this recipe marries well with the other ingrediants to leave a slightly sweet/tangy flavour with no vinegar after-taste. However, I did alter the recipe slightly. I added red cabbage to the recipe to get more colour. And so it did. The purple colour pops after the slaw marinades for about an hour. I also put in a little less sugar. The next time I make it, I will add some thinly sliced fennel to get a slight lick rice taste. Thanks! This recipe will be a staple for picnic lunches and fish tacos.
Wow, what a great review :-). Great job on improvising and you are welcome.
just discovered your blog, & so happy i did. making this salad (since we’re going on a girl scout camping trip, & need to ensure we have a healthy alternative to all of the hot dogs n’ smores! ;)). look forward to trying this, & more of your recipes.
Hot dogs and smores always sound nice, but it’s true that after a weekend of campfire food, it’s so nice to get back to homemade mashed potatoes and gravy and salad ofcourse! 🙂 Have an awesome trip and it’s so nice to meet you 🙂
I don’t know if you realize it but what you have here is the start of fermented sauerkraut! Fermented sauerkraut is just shredded cabbage pounded down with sea salt and left to sit in a crock for anywhere from a few days to a few months to ferment and let all the probiotic goodness happen. Some people add carrots, fresh herbs, and other veggies. You can add a little water to make enough juice to cover the cabbage. Most don’t add sugar but sugar would just give the microbes something to feed on. And real ACV is already a fermented food. So, since you like this, you might want to research and just take it a little further. I bet your family would love it, and your families’ tummys will thank you (after all, who can’t use more good bacteria in their digestive system?)!!!
That’s funny I was just reading about pro-biotics and pre-biotics in a magazine the other day and It’s definitely been on my mind! Thanks colleen 🙂 I didn’t even think of sauerkraut as a good source of that!
This salad is soooo good 🙂 everyone loved it at our party…..thanks for sharing 🙂 love your recipes. God bless You!
Katie thank you so much! You’re so sweet 🙂
delicious! I made it once, making it again for Easter dinner! I like that you can make it a day ahead.
I love recipes like that too! It helps when you aren’t making everything last minute 🙂
I made this salad for my family. It’s so easy to make. My mom and my mama in law liked it, but for me it was a bit salty. Can it be because I used a smaller head of cabbage? Maybe I should of used a large one? Anyways, it was almost gone and my in laws took the leftovers! 🙂 thank you as always Natasha! I love making something new for our families get together and your blog is my go to place for something new! I don’t always trust new recipes, but when it comes from your blog I love to try them!
It could be because of a smaller head of cabbage, but keep in mind you want the juice to reach the top of the cabbage when you pack it down 🙂
This is our favorite cabbage salad now. I made this salad last week when my in-laws came to visit, they ate it all and asked me for the recipe. I told them where to find the recipe 🙂 THANK YOU Natasha and your mom for the tasty salad.
Thank you for a great feedback Natalia, I’m glad everyone loved it :).
Hi Natasha, I made this yesterday and served it tonight. Another delicious recipe. I saw everyone going back for seconds and thirds!! Thanks. You are making my family very happy!
You are so welcome Selina, and thank you for a good report :).
Another great recipe, thanks Natasha. My husband loved it and I loved it too.
That’s awesome! I’m so glad it was a success in your home 🙂
I just have no words!!! Its delicious. My husband loves marinated salads. Our family loves this salad, recommended to others as well! Thank you Natasha 🙂
Thank you so much for a great review. You’re awesome!
I made it today,just tried, it’s really good. Thank you for an awesome and easy recepie.
I’m so glad you like it! It will taste great for days! 🙂
Natasha, it is a great recipe as always.
I need your book!!! 🙂
Book. Hmmm. I better put more effort into that this year! 😉
hi, what do you use for slicing/shredding cabbage?
I use the Zyliss Easy Slice 2 Folding Mandoline
The ingredient list states 1/3 c of sugar but the directions lists 3/4 c of sugar. Which is the correct amount?
Eileen, I’m not able to find 3/4 cup in the recipe, where exactly have seen it? The correct amount is 1/3 c.
What beautiful pictures, Natasha! So vibrant and crisp, they just make me want to take a bite of this salad. The ingredient combination sounds great too. I’ll have to give it a try.
Thanks Olga! The flavor is great and it’s so easy to make! 🙂
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This sounds yummy. Natasha, where is that awesome jar from? I love it and the size looks a little bigger than smaller ones I’ve been able to find.
If I remember correctly, I think it’s from TJ Max (Home Goods). Too bad with those kinds of places, things tend to be one-of-a-kind items. I hope you find a great one soon!
what a genius idea… i would have never thought to add cranberries to this salad…. definitely trying this next time. thanks for yummy and healthy recipes girlie 🙂
You are welcome Einna :). Let me know how it turns out.
I love to add cranberries to my salad, this is a great mix with the cabbage.
They make everything brighter, don’t they? Thanks Kristin 🙂
Love this salad. Thank you, Natasha. Have a great weekend!
Thanks Liz! You have a great weekend too! One of these days I’ll figure out how to balance my life so I can take the weekends off 😉
This sounds like an easy yet so very delicious recipes Natasha!
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One of my favorite salad’s, I use Organic Apple Cider vinegar instead, much better taste, and much healthier too! One question, does your garlic turns green when the salad is done?? Mine does, not sure why… Thank you
Oh that sounds like a great substitution! Do you think it would substitute straight across? 1/3 cup for 1/3 cup? The garlic will turn blue/green if you put it in boiling water. I let my syrup cool down a bit before adding the garlic and it did not discolor. 🙂
Another reason why garlic turns green is if you use table salt, which contains iodine and reacts with garlic, turning it green. If you use kosher, pickling or sea salt, it should not change color. That’s what I usually do, especially when pickling something, because that’s when I would notice the green garlic. After I switched to the other salt, it’s never happened again.
Ooh that’s a great point! I use sea salt in most of my cooking and it is iodine free. Thanks for the tip!
Yes, I’ve been using Apple Cider vinegar for about 5 years now, and substitute straight across. I Never use white vinegar in cooking any more! And just switched to sea salt, will see what happens 🙂 Thank you!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Can you leave it at room temperature in a storage place for a long time?
I leave it refrigerated and it’s been in the fridge for the past week and still great! 🙂