Homeskillet Real Food Feels Good

by Adrienne Lee
Skill Level Easy
Time Medium < 1 hr
Serves 4-6
Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

A simple, bright slaw for the summer to complement your favorite protein, such as grilled fish or smoked pork ribs. Soaking the cabbage in a warm salt water brine lightly cooks the fibrous vegetable for better digestibility, but you’ll get crunch back with raw carrot and crispy sunflower seeds.


  • 2 quarts filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt + ½ teaspoon
  • 6 cups shredded green or savoy cabbage, core removed (from about 1 small cabbage)
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro, stems trimmed
  • ¼ cup sprouted and dehydrated or toasted sunflower seeds


Bring the water to a simmer in a large pot with two teaspoons of sea salt. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Place the shredded cabbage in the pot and let it sit in the hot water uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the cabbage is submerged in the brine.

While the cabbage is brining, make the dressing. Whisk together the lime juice, a 1⁄2 teaspoon of sea salt and the honey in a small bowl until and the ingredients are well combined. Slowly drizzle in the sesame oil while whisking vigorously. Add the red onion to the dressing and let it marinate until the cabbage is ready.

Once the cabbage has soaked for 30 minutes, drain it thoroughly in a colander, pressing gently to remove liquid. Keep the colander filled with drained cabbage over the sink for a few minutes to drain off as much liquid as possible.

Transfer the cabbage to a large bowl, add the dressing and onions, and mix well to coat the dressing evenly on the cabbage. Taste and adjust for salt. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro and sunflower seeds. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Homeskillet Notes

  • Don’t use purple cabbage, it will turn blue from soaking.
  • Instead of sunflower seeds, you can substitute with toasted chopped almonds, Valencia peanuts or cashews.
  • If you use a mandolin for your slicing, be sure to shred the cabbage thicker than you might normally do a slaw, about ¼” thick. The carrots and onion do nicely when sliced very thin.

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