Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese
Red cabbage is kind of a food photographer’s nightmare, but don’t let that stop you from making this amazing Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese! I love this with red cabbage, but use green cabbage if that’s what you have!
A few months ago I re-discovered this amazing Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese back in my archives and realized it was never going to get the attention it deserved without better photos, and then I tried and tried to get a really good photo of this salad! I made the salad three times and took lots of photos, but after three tries the picture above is the best photo I could come up with for this amazing salad with slightly-wilted red cabbage, bacon, and goat cheese. Please don’t let my limitations as a photographer stop you from trying this recipe; I promise this salad tastes amazing even though it was hard to photograph!
When I was a kid, my mom used to make a type of bacon and cabbage salad that everyone in our family loved. Her salad had lots of bacon, and used a huge amount of bacon grease and a little vinegar as the dressing.This cabbage salad has a lot of healthy red cabbage and less bacon than mom’s salad, and the dressing is mostly made from olive oil, for tasty salad with less saturated fat. Of course, use less olive oil and more bacon fat if that’s what you prefer. And I used six slices of pre-cooked bacon, but of course you can also use more bacon!
The addition of soft goat cheese is also a big flavor boost, and I think Feta cheese would also be great here. And if you’re a big cabbage fan like I am, here are more Favorite Salads with Cabbage.
How to Make Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Cook the bacon until it’s very crisp and most of the fat is cooked out, then drain the pan but don’t wipe it out.
- Drain the bacon on paper towels.
- Cut up the cabbage in to quarters and cut away the core. Slice the cabbage into thin strips. (I like a mix of thinner and slightly thinner strips for texture. Use any color of cabbage you prefer, but I love this salad with red cabbage.)
- Crumble the goat cheese immediately when you remove it from the fridge.
- Add the olive oil to the pan and heat, then saute the red onions until they’re starting to soften.
- Add the vinegar and simmer 30-45 seconds.
- Then add the cabbage and cook until it’s barely wilted, tossing to coat with the dressing.
- Season cabbage with salt and pepper, then put cabbage in a bowl and toss in the bacon and goat cheese. YUM!
More Salads with Cabbage:
Amazing Low-Carb Cabbage Salads You’ll Make over and Over ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Red Cabbage Salad ~ Taste and Tell
Thai Cabbage Slaw ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
I used pre-cooked bacon, then crisped the bacon and blotted off some of the fat; use your favorite method for cooking bacon. Three ounces goat cheese is about 2/3 cup when it's crumbled. This recipe slightly adapted from Vegetables Every Day (affiliate link). Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g
I used pre-cooked bacon, then crisped the bacon and blotted off some of the fat; use your favorite method for cooking bacon. Three ounces goat cheese is about 2/3 cup when it's crumbled.
This recipe slightly adapted from Vegetables Every Day (affiliate link).
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese would be a great side dish for any Low-Carb eating plan, and personally I’d splurge on a little bacon and eat it for the South Beach Diet as well. If you’re following the letter of the law for South Beach you could use turkey bacon.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese was first posted April 2007 and last update June 2020.