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Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad

This Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad is crunchy, spicy, and loaded with good flavors, and this would be a fun thing to make with cabbage while it’s on sale! And this tasty salad is good for most any diet including low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, South Beach Diet, and even vegan. Use Cabbage Recipes to find more tasty cabbage salads like this one.

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Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love March because it’s the time of year when cabbage goes on sale in grocery stores everywhere, and I am such a huge cabbage fan. So for the month of March I’m going to spotlight some of my favorite recipes using cabbage that you may have missed in the abundance of recipes on this site. And if you’re a cabbage fan like I am, I hope you might discover some new favorite you’ll want to make over and over!

The minute I saw this Puerto Rican Cabbage Salad on Champaign Taste (a blog that no longer exists), I knew I was going to make some version of the salad, since I adore cabbage salad, and cabbage is one of The World’s Healthiest Foods. When I made Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery I loved it from the very first bite. The spicy cabbage salad got two thumbs up from my sister Val and brother-in-law Jon as well, and this salad has definitely become a favorite.

After doing a little internet research about Caribbean cabbage salads, I came up with the version you see here, upping the crunch factor with radishes, adding some chopped celery leaves and green onions, and using a touch of lime juice in the dressing. Since you can get good cherry tomatoes all year, I use those most often in this tasty salad, but if you have fresh garden tomatoes it will be even better! If you’re strictly watching carbs, feel free to use less tomatoes and more radishes and it will still be amazing. With my changes I don’t know how authentically Puerto Rican the recipe is, so if you’re a food purist you may just want to call this “cabbage salad” but no matter what you call it, if you try this recipe I predict you’ll love it just as much as I do.


Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Chop up 5-6 cups of green cabbage, about half of a large head of cabbage. Chop up 1 cup of tomatoes. (I used the grape tomatoes from Costco that I love in the winter.)

Slice about 1/2 cup of celery and chop 1/2 cup of celery leaves. If the celery is large, I might cut it in half before slicing. Cut about 6 radishes into half-moon slices and slice 1/4 cup green onions. (Use more radishes and less tomatoes if you’d like to reduce the carbs!)

Mix together the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt, and hot pepper sauce; then whisk in the oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Toss the salad ingredients together, then toss the salad with the dressing. Can be served right away or kept in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Cabbage Salad Recipes:

Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw ~ The View from Great Island
Val’s Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley ~ from Kalyn’s Kitchen
5-Minute BLT Coleslaw ~ Plating Pixels
Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw ~ kalyn’s Kitchen
5-Minute Broccoli Kale Slaw ~ Valerie’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro ~ from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad

This Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad is crunchy, spicy, and loaded with good flavors!

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups chopped green cabbage (about 1/2 large head of cabbage)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (I used diced grape tomatoes; you can use less tomatoes and more radishes to reduce carbs if you prefer.)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (or if the celery is large, I would cut in half before slicing)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves (optional, but good)
  • 6 radishes, stem and root cut off and cut into half-moon slices
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (dark green part)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 – 2 tsp. fresh lime juice (Use one tsp., then taste to see if you want more.)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, or more (Use any hot sauce that has a good flavor.  If you have some type of Caribbean hot sauce it would be perfect.)
  • 3 T olive oil or grapeseed oil (or any neutral-flavored oil of your choice will work)

Directions:

  1. Chop up 5-6 cups of green cabbage, about half of a large head of cabbage. I chop the cabbage fairly small, but not as thin as you’d slice it for coleslaw.
  2. Chop up 1 cup of tomatoes.  (I use grape tomatoes from Costco when tomatoes aren’t in season, but fresh garden tomatoes would be great in this salad.)
  3. Slice 1/2 cup of celery and chop 1/2 cup of celery leaves.  (If the celery is large, I might cut it in half before slicing.)
  4. Trim stem and root end from about 6 large radishes and cut the radishes into half-moon slices.
  5. Slice 1/4 cup green onions, mostly dark green part if possible.
  6. Mix together the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt, and hot pepper sauce; then whisk in the oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste dressing to see if you’d like to add a little more lime juice. (I did!)
  7. Toss the salad ingredients together, then toss the salad with the dressing.
  8. This salad can be served right away or kept in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It doesn’t keep especially well overnight due to the tomatoes, so if this makes more than you’d eat at one time I’d chop up the cabbage, celery, radishes and green onions and make the dressing and keep ingredients separate in the fridge. Then chop tomatoes and toss the dressing on each serving of salad as you eat it.

Notes:

This recipe was inspired by a salad recipe I saw on a blog that no longer exists, and I did some internet research on Caribbean Cabbage Salads to come up with the version you see here!

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Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Suggestions:
This Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad is loaded with healthful low-glycemic ingredients, and is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as being low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. I’m not sure this salad is Keto but if you’re strictly limiting carbs you might want to use less tomatoes and more radishes, which will still be delicious! And if you use approved hot sauce and oil this salad can easily be Paleo or Whole 30.

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    35 Comments on “Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad”

  1. What? No cilantro or jalapenos? Just kidding.

    I love chopped salads all year long. This one especially delcious.

    I make something very similar to this and top tostadas and tacos with it too.

  2. This looks very yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I agree that cabbage salads are great for winter, and they go with everything (at least according to me.) Thanks for the nice feedback everyone!

  4. Cabbage salads go with just about anything, don't they? The colors and flavors in this dish are so appealing!

  5. Kalyn, this looks so delicious. I think winter salads–ones that really highlight crisp winter greens in all their glory–are sorely underappreciated.

  6. This salad reminds me that I really don't use cabbage enough. I love the colors in here.

  7. I am a salad addict. And I love the colors, your salad is yummy.

  8. Yum, this sounds absolutely delicious! I've never heard of Puerto Rican Cabbage salad. It looks a bit like a chopped salad I just made.

  9. Oooh! This looks yummy.

  10. I recently substituted radishes for capsicum in fattoush with very good results (you know, I was out of capsicum). Love any sort of cabbage salad and this looks a very good one.

  11. Tobias and Christine, thanks! Glad you guys are liking this.

  12. This looks perfect for a weekend brunch with friends. Saw this on Lisa's blog. Really like what you've done with it.

  13. I love it spicy. Great salad!

  14. I actually had the thought of adding some sliced mini-peppers to this, so I think peppers sound great!

  15. I am going to try this and use peppers in place of tomatoes (unfortunately raw tomato is not my thing). I love a good cabbage salad and Siracha is so yummy!

    M

  16. N- glad you liked it.

    Susan, I can't emphasize enough how much we loved this. Such a perfect combination of flavors + crunch!

  17. Yum! This is definitely my kind of salad. And I love Lisa's suggestions on her post to stuff it in pitas or top tacos with it. Can't wait to try it, especially since I've been on a radish kick lately.

  18. What a blast of colors! It looks mouth-watering, thanks for sharing.

  19. Lisa, that sounds like it could be fun. Thanks again for such a great recipe; absolutely love, love, love this salad!

  20. Oh, yum—your modifications could only make a great thing better! Maybe we'll have to have a little cabbage-salad competition, with me trying to outdo your variations next time. 🙂

    Happy Super Bowl.