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Sweet and sour red cabbage with apples

Classic Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This colorful sweet and sour red cabbage with apple recipe has an impressive list of health benefits and is an excellent side dish with pork tenderloin, pork chops, or ribs.


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  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small head of cabbage or half of a large head (8 cups of red cabbage, thinly sliced)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and sliced, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup water*
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar glaze, optional


1. Cut Cabbage – Remove the outside leaves of the cabbage. Trim the end of the cabbage (see illustrations in the post). Cut the cabbage in half and then quarters. Remove the core by cutting at an angle—cut cabbage into thin strips on the short end of the quartered pieces with a knife. Discard or compost outer leaves and core. **

2. Cook Cabbage: Heat oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in cabbage, onion, and salt and saute until cabbage starts to wilt for about 5 minutes. Stir in apple and water, salt, and pepper—cover and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes or when the apples and cabbage are soft.

3. Mix sweet-sour sauce: Pour vinegar and honey into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add sauce to the cabbage and stir to combine. Cook another 5 to 6 minutes. Place cabbage mixture into a serving bowl and drizzle with balsamic glaze, if desired.


*May need to add more water

**Alternatively, you can slice quartered cabbage pieces on a mandolin or use a food processor fitted with a slicing blade on medium width. The knife is effective and fast since the cabbage layers make slicing effortless.

Note: One small head (slightly larger than a softball)  yields 8 cups of sliced cabbage.

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