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Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese

If you’re a fan of bacon and goat cheese, you have to try this amazing Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese! And I love this salad with red cabbage, but you can use green cabbage if that’s what you have.

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Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese finished salad in bowl and one serving on small plate

I’m a huge, huge fan of this tasty Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese even though every time I’ve tried to get a really good photo of the salad it didn’t come out quite like I wanted! But please don’t let my limitations as a photographer stop you from trying this amazing salad with slightly-wilted red cabbage, bacon, and goat cheese; 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.

Can you use more bacon and cheese in the salad?

I used six slices bacon when I first started making the salad, but now I often use a bit more bacon and of course you can use more or less bacon to make it the way you prefer. I also sometimes make it with a bit more goat cheese these days, which is a big flavor boost, and I think Feta cheese would also be great in this salad.

Want more salads with cabbage?

I’m a huge cabbage salad fan and make them all year for a side dish. If you’re a big cabbage fan like I am, here are more Favorite Salads with Cabbage.

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How to make this salad:

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  1. 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.
  2. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
  3. Cut up the cabbage into quarters and cut away the core. Slice the cabbage into thin strips.
  4. 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.
  5. Crumble the goat cheese immediately when you remove it from the fridge.
  6. Add the olive oil to the pan and heat, then cook the red onions until they’re starting to soften.
  7. Add the vinegar and simmer 30-45 seconds. 
  8. Then add the cabbage and cook until it’s barely wilted, tossing to coat with the dressing. 
  9. Season cabbage with salt and pepper, then put cabbage in a bowl and toss in the bacon and goat cheese.  YUM!

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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

Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese finished salad in bowl and one serving on small plate

Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

This Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese is so delicious; feel free to use more bacon and goat cheese if you prefer!


  • 1 small head red cabbage
  • 6 slices bacon (see notes)
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 oz. crumbled goat cheese (see notes)


  1. Heat a frying pan (large enough to hold the cabbage) and cook bacon until very crisp.
  2. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Pour out bacon fat, but don’t wipe out frying pan.
  4. Remove discolored outer leaves of cabbage, then quarter cabbage and cut away the core.
  5. Slice cabbage into thin strips and put into large bowl.
  6. Add olive oil to pan and saute onions until barely softened, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add vinegar and simmer 30 seconds.
  8. Add cabbage and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring to coat cabbage with dressing.
  9. Cabbage should still be crisp.
  10. Crumble bacon while cabbage cooks.
  11. Turn off heat and season cabbage with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour cabbage back into bowl, add bacon, crumble goat cheese over and stir to combine.
  13. Arrange salad on individual plates and serve.


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. You can definitely use more bacon and/or goat cheese for the salad if you prefer!

This recipe slightly adapted from Vegetables Every Day (affiliate link).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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 updated in 2021.

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    25 Comments on “Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese”

  1. So yummy

  2. Wow! This recipe was unexpectedly amazing! I found it when I was looking for a way to use up the other half of a huge cabbage. I have never made cabbage salad, but now I will be making this one all the time. I seriously couldn't stop eating it.

  3. I make a similar salad with Savoy cabbage – but I think I need more bacon LOL And the onion.The photos are great!

  4. I love red cabbage but I don't prepare it nearly enough. Adding bacon and goat cheese definitely makes me want to run right out and grab some. Looks delicious, Kalyn!

    Bill @ www.southernboydishes.com

  5. I was wondering why you recommend throwing away the outer leaves when we waste so much food unnecessarily. The cabbage will be cooked so nothing cosmetic would show, is there something on the outer leaves that might be bad for you?

    • Elizabeth I said "remove discolored outer leaves." This cabbage isn't really cooked, just barely wilted, so if the outer leaves are getting brown, that won't look appealing. Of course other people may use their cabbage up more quickly than I do. And of course if the outer leaves on your cabbage don't look bad, go ahead and use them if you prefer.

  6. I think your picture looks great and I think this salad sounds great! I don't know if I've ever combined goat cheese and cabbage.

  7. Your version sounds good to me!

  8. Nice … I did it all different though, but that's the fun of cooking. I just poured some boiling water over my red cabbage. I made my bacon crispy in the microwave (between two sheets of kitchen paper). I didn't have any sherry vinegar, but I did have sherry and some lemon juice and I didn't have any goats cheese, but I did have some feta…. and still an awesome salad 🙂

  9. Anonymous, love the idea of using this on fish tacos. That sounds like it would be fantastic.

  10. The slaw was really yummy. I served it atop mahi mahi tacos with ancho chili salsa. It provided a great texture element.

  11. Wow! I just finished eating this… what a fantastic recipe! I did it without the bacon because I just am not big on bacon and it was perfect! The goat cheese is soft so you really need to mix that in well…

    I will absolutely make this again and again… and what a fantastic color it i will add to your meal!

  12. The cabbage-bacon-feta combination sounds truly tasty, so I might try that one soon (not sure why, but cabbage/bacon seem to ask for firmer feta in my eyes, too, as opposed to creamier goat cheese).

  13. This sounds like a great combination! Good and good for you! I will definitely give it a try!

  14. I can taste this just from looking at it. As Christine said, this one’s a keeper.

  15. I see I’m not the only bacon lover out there. Not the only cabbage lover too apparently. They really are a great combo.

  16. My mother made a similar salad but with leaf lettuce. I loved it and I’m going to try yours with the cabbage…and the bacon! Life’s short!

  17. This is one for my files Kalyn. I love red cabbage and can’t get enough good recipes for using it. This one’s a keeper. Thanks!

  18. Kalyn,
    I love bacon and this salad won my heart because of that. 😉

  19. Hola Kalyn! I just love red cabbage…have never tried like this. Bacon and goat cheese could really dress up a veggie 🙂
    Have a tasty week!