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Winter Cabbage Salad

The inspiration for this Winter Cabbage Salad is from the well known Waldorf Salad named after the famous New York City hotel.

The Waldorf Salad was always made from cabbage, apples, celery, walnuts, grapes, and also mayonnaise. To maintain a sweet flavor I replaced grapes with figs which are also sweet but have better nutritional value. Instead of mayonnaise, I made a salad dressing using Extra Virgin Olive Oil mixed with Dijon Mustard and White Wine Vinegar, but you can use mayonnaise if you wish, preferably made from EVOO or Avocado oil. To make the salad even more interesting, flavorful, and nutritious I added roasted pistachios, hemp hearts, and nutritional yeast, but you can use any nuts and seeds you prefer.

This Winter Cabbage Salad pairs well with low-fat meat like chicken or turkey and fish like cod or mahi-mahi. 

Ingredients to make Winter Cabbage Salad:

White cabbage – cabbage is a low-cost vegetable rich in vitamin and fiber content, excellent to use during winter.   

Apple – use peeled crispy apples like Honeycrisp or Fuji. 

Celery sticks – celery contains numerous vitamins and minerals, including potassium and calcium, which are important for heart health and is super crispy.

Dried Figs – figs are not a fruit, but an inverted flower. They are an excellent source of fiber, calcium,  potassium, and iron.

Dijon mustard – tastes tangy and a little spicy and is a great addition to salad dressings. I like the original French Dijon mustard the most. Trader Joe’s carries one. 

White wine vinegar – created from the fermentation of white wines and is used to dress salads, pickle vegetables, but also enriches the taste of many dishes. 

EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an excellent source of polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids and is rated as a number one oil.

Salt – use Celtic or Himalayan salt, they are an excellent source of minerals. 

A mixture of nuts and seeds – I used walnuts, pistachios, and hemp hearts, but you can use other nuts like hazelnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. 

Honey – a tiny bit of raw unpasteurized honey will be mixed with nuts and seeds. 

Nutritional yeast – is a great source of vitamin B12 and protein. It is a healthy delicious seasoning when sprinkled on most foods.

Winter Cabbage Salad


  • 1/2 medium-size cabbage
  • 1 apple, peeled
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 5 dry figs

Salad dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

Nuts and seeds mix:

  • 2 handful walnuts
  • 1 handful pistachio kernels
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Remove the cabbage core and cut the cabbage in half. Cut one half of the cabbage into thin slices. Add into a mixing bowl. Wrap the second half of the cabbage in shrink wrap and refrigerate. 
  2. Peel an apple. Cut in half and remove the seeds. Cut into cubes and add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Wash and cut the celery sticks into thin slices, add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Cut dried figs without the hard ends. Add to the mixing bowl.
  5. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands. 
  6. Make the salad dressing – combine olive oil with dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and salt. Pour over the salad in the mixing bowl.
  7. Roast the nuts on a dry frying pan first and add hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, and honey for a few seconds, mixing constantly.
  8. Add the nut mixture to the salad bowl and mix all the ingredients together. 
  9. Serve on a plate with a low-fat fish or meat like cod, chicken, or turkey.

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