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Get inspired to cook Red Cabbage recipes with this inflammation-fighting vegetable.

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How red cabbage recipes reduces chronic inflammation

Red cabbage is rich in antioxidants and other compounds that can help fight inflammation. It’s also high in Vitamin C, it’s an antioxidant, so it helps protect against oxidative stress. It has been reported that a deficiency in Vitamin C can aggravate atopic dermatitis1 symptoms, something to keep in mind if you have this particular type of eczema2.

Red cabbage, like many red and purple fruits and vegetables, contain flavonoids called Anthocyanins.

It plays an antioxidative role in fighting chronic inflammation.

This pigment gives red cabbage – and other vegetables like tubers and fruits such as berries – its red and purple color. It’s extracted for use as a natural food colorant as well as for its antioxidant properties in improving eye, neurological health and non-communicable diseases4 ie. ones that are not spread through human-to-human transmission.

Research also shows that this antioxidant can help reduce the chronic inflammation associated with pleurisy and arthritic conditions.

Anthocyanins also help to lower blood pressure and generally reduce inflammation in the body.

10 Red Cabbage recipes – get inspired to cook with this inflammation-fighting vegetable

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1. Red cabbage salad

Make a standalone meal for lunch or even a light supper using red cabbage as the hero of a salad dish. Make it mayo-free by using a fresh salad dressing made with lemon juice, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, and herbs. The idea is to enjoy the color and crunch. You’ll get the maximum nutrient intake by eating it raw.

2. Red cabbage slaw for tacos, sandwiches, or burgers

This is a great craving swap. Place tangy red cabbage slaw over your taco filling as you would with lettuce. It works well over meat fillings – go for the grass-fed or organic type.

 3. Add shredded red cabbage to stews

This is a hearty way to include cabbage in a hot main meal and it’s a great way to use leftover cabbage too. Simply add it to a pot with braised meat or veggies if you’re making a vegetarian version. Let it cook and simmer and allow it to absorb all the flavors of the other foods and spices. Remember to salt adequately.

4. Sauté shredded red cabbage as a standalone dish

To Sauté, red cabbage is cooked over medium heat with red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add a sweetener like a coconut sugar or maple syrup and toss to coat evenly. Cook until tender enough to serve or to your desired texture. You can eat it as is or add onions, mushrooms, or carrots. A simple and nutrient-dense dish.

Are you nervous about slicing cabbage or do you struggle to get a consistently thin shred?

Cabbage shredder

I always say ‘safety first’ in the kitchen. In my opinion, this tool is much safer than a mandolin because you get a gripping tool with it. Always keep your fingertips away from blades. Using this is time-efficient, you get a consistent slice and it allows you to shred as many as you can. So it’s great for large quantities and meal prepping in advance.

5. Red cabbage slaw recipe with mayonnaise or yoghurt

Make a classic slaw using red cabbage with a dairy-free vegan mayo or cashew cream. Don’t be shy – make this healthier version as creamy and saucy as the original.

6. Red Cabbage soup base

If you love soup, this is the perfect way to include cabbage in a base.

Wondering if cooking red cabbage will turn soup red?

Red cabbage renders incredible, beautiful color and you can experiment with broth-style soups or blended ones. For the creamy version, blend your liquid for a beautiful, rich red-purple color, and top it with a dollop of cashew cream.

This is the only quality that doesn’t make red cabbage and green cabbage interchangeable. When cooking or rendering red cabbage it turns everything else with it, red or purple.

7. Puree it for a pasta or pizza base sauce

You can make a pasta dish that is healthier by making this sauce. All you need to do is cook down the cabbage in an instant pot. Then puree it in a blender or use the immersion kind. Once pureed, it’s ready for serving with any pasta (allergen-free). The trick is to season it well and highlight a particular flavor. I like fresh lemon-flavored pasta so I season it with fresh lemon juice at the end and make sure to add fresh garlic into the cooking of the cabbage.

8. Make red cabbage sauerkraut

This condiment recipe is filled with nutritional benefits and it’s good for gut health too. You’ll need to massage the cabbage for 5 minutes with sea salt to break it down and soften it. It requires a bit of patience and prep, but well worth the effort.

9. Use cooked red cabbage in place of lettuce wraps as a low-carb alternative

This can be a work lunch treat provided you keep it chilled. You’ll need to soften the leaves before wrapping your favorite fillings in them.

 10. Asian red cabbage recipe – Mix raw shredded red cabbage into a stir-fry

It’s the speediest dish on the list. The flash-frying works well for red cabbage when you want to retain its gorgeous color and crunch. Shred the cabbage and add to any stir-fry. There’s no need to pre-season it as you will coat it with soy sauce as well as the other ingredients.


Red cabbage, as with all vegetables, is interesting to cook with and essential in your diet. It really has impressive health benefits and it’s incredibly versatile as you can see from all the red cabbage recipes listed.

Just be sure to keep it all balanced and in perspective. Get to know all the health benefits of red cabbage recipes and how it can alleviate your inflammation. Now include this beautiful coloured food as much as you can in all your recipes!

If you liked this blog post, have a look at this article where I list more skin-soothing ingredients.

Would you like to see another recipe that reduces inflammation?

Let me know in the comments section, I value all feedback.

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