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Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds is for every cabbage salad lover who also likes sunflower seeds, like me! Use Salad Recipes to find more tasty salads!

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If you’re the kind of food-obsessed person who loves searching for recipes on food blogs, you may be surprised to hear that overwhelmingly the most popular category in my recipe archives is Five Ingredients Recipes. It seems lots of people love these low-glycemic recipes with only five main ingredients and simple preparation methods, and occasionally I’ll get e-mail asking for “more easy recipes.” When I made this salad and loved it, I realized I couldn’t remember writing about sunflower seeds for Weekend Herb Blogging, so I decided I should share how I made this easy salad.

Sunflower seeds are the seeds of the giant sunflower, of course, although Wikipedia on sunflower seeds says it would be more botanically correct to call them sunflower kernels. In the U.S. they’re commonly sold with or without the shells as a snack. I’ve been a huge fan of these salty kernels since the time I was old enough to spend my allowance on snack food, although now I mostly buy the shelled type and eat them sparingly in salads. They’re considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, containing significant amounts of vitamin E and B1, and fairly large amounts of manganese, magnesium, copper, tryptophan, selenium, phosphorus, B5, and folate. They’re also rich in phytosterols, plant compounds believed to help reduce blood levels of cholesterol. In fact, sunflower seeds and pistachios are highest in phytosterols of all nuts commonly eaten as snacks.

Blast from the Past Recipes with Sunflower Seeds:

Tuna Fish and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds
Carrot, Parsley, and Garbanzo Salad with Cumin
Better-for-you-than-Mom’s Bacon and Cabbage Salad

More Ideas for Salads with Sunflower Seeds:

Ginger Sunflower Seed Salad Dressing from Christine Cooks Vegetarian
Cowboy Coleslaw from A Veggie Venture
Simple Substantial Salads from Green Gourmet Giraffe
An Autumn Salad from Rice and Beans: A Belizean in D.C.

Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds is for every cabbage salad lover who also likes sunflower seeds, like me!


  • 4 heaping cups thinly sliced cabbage (I used packaged pre-sliced coleslaw mix which includes a bit of carrot, but this would be even better with freshly sliced green and red cabbage mixed)
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed (or more)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing (I used Litehouse Original Blue Cheese)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


  1. If using fresh cabbage, thinly slice it with a mandoline or chef’s knife.
  2. Put cabbage in plastic bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with celery seed, then stir in blue cheese dressing until the cabbage is well moistened. (Use more or less dressing depending on how wet you like your salads.)
  4. Arrange salad on individual serving plates and sprinkle sunflower seeds over each serving.
  5. Serve immediately.


I used packaged pre-sliced coleslaw mix which includes a bit of carrot, but this would be even better with freshly sliced green and red cabbage mixed.

I used Litehouse Original Blue Cheese.

All measurements can be adjusted to taste.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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24 comments on “Easy Cabbage and Blue Cheese Salad with Sunflower Seeds”

  1. Johanna, they are readily available in health food stores as a snack in Melbourne.

    This sounds fabulous, it may even be a way to get the BRead Winner to enjoy cabbage. If not, I’ll just it myself for lunch!

  2. I like this recipe because it is easy and sounds delightful. There are some recipes I turn to because they are yummy and quick.

    I do like blue cheese, too.
    Sharona May

  3. Cabbage and sunflower seeds – what a great combo!
    I plan on making more cabbage salads this summer – this is a grat start….
    If only I can manage to get the sunflower seeds in the salad and not my mouth…..

  4. Sher, you are so kind. I do experiment with plenty of bad recipes, they just don’t make it to the blog!

  5. Say, I was just thinking that I’ve never come here and seen a bad recipe! That’s pretty cool. And this one is really great. Love all those ingredients!

  6. I’m not surprised at all that most people are looking for the easy stuff. This definitely looks worth trying. I have a recipe for a blue cheese cole slaw that probably has similar flavors. (and much more fat!)

  7. Sunflower seeds are a different take than the typical walnuts! Will have to try the carrot salad. I am wondering if I could get sunflower seeds under the “no nut” radar at school for my kid’s school lunch? She loves all seeds and nuts so much.

  8. Nothing like blue cheese in a salad. The addition of sunflower seeds is choice!

  9. Easy is good. Especially when it’s also tasty- like your recipes. 🙂

    And yay for sunflowers. I love sunflower seed butter- it’s toasty and nutty and even better than peanut butter. A good substitute for those allergic to peanuts.

  10. Great post! I learn a lot about sunflower seeds, I had no ideas about how powerful they were before.
    Thanks a lot! and great recipe 🙂

  11. I do hope someone tries it with red cabbage and reports how they liked it! Gretchen and Helen, my talented brother Rand does the headers; he’s the best!

  12. Recipes like this means there is no excuse not to eat a healthy lunch! I love sunflower seeds too, they remind me of growing up, my mum always gave them to me as a snack. Loving the new header too!

  13. I love cabbage salads and this one looks great. I have to use sunflower seeds sparingly. Although they are grown here, no one eats them. Ha! I bring mine back from the states rather than toast the whole kernel and peel.
    PS – love the new banner!!!

  14. I adore sunflower seeds! I try not to eat them too often, just because they’re a total trigger food for me…once I start, I can’t stop…but they are wonderful and so tasty. This recipe looks great, and I am right there with Mallika — I’d love to try this with red cabbage to see how it works!

  15. I don’t seem to use sunflower seeds all that often though I do enjoy them. I will have to pick some up. This salad sounds like a good way to enjoy them.

  16. Wow, what an interesting combination! I do love sunflower seeds.

  17. Kalyn ~ I love all the info on sunflower seeds. I never realized how much of a healthy food powerhouse they were. Learn something new everyday.


    (P.S. Thanks for the link.)

  18. Oh dear, this is what happens when I write these things after work when I’m tired. Thanks for Christine Cooks for letting me know I screwed up, and apologies to Christine Cooks Vegetarian. (Who knew there were two of them?)

  19. This is a great salad, and anything blue cheese has my name on it!
    By the way, in your links below your post, Christine Cooks should be Christine Cooks Vegetarian. She’s a different Christine altogether. 🙂

  20. Wow,who knew there was so much to sunflower seeds! Anything with blue cheese is great in my book.

  21. Johanna, every store in the U.S. sells them in small snack bags, both in the shell and without shells. They even come in flavors like salsa, hickory smoked, and spicy.

    Mallika, I know that red cabbage can sometimes bleed in salads if there’s too much vinegar or lemon juice, but I think it would work here. Let me know if you try it. (Personally I think the red cabbage would be even better but I haven’t tried it.)

  22. Lovely simple recipe. Would it work with red cabbage do you think? I am always looking for easy red cabbage recipes too. By the way, no suprises there about the Low GI recipe’s being popular!!

  23. Say Blue Cheese and I’m there. Sounds just right for the summer BBQs that we know will be coming.

  24. I love sunflower seeds in salads but am interested you say they are sold commonly as a snack in the US – I am not sure I would say that in Australia – I don’t recall eating them until I was cooking for myself and seeking vegetarian recipes. Thanks for the link to my salads too!

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