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Pickled Cabbage Salad (video)


A refreshing and crunchy pickled cabbage salad made with zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and red bell pepper. The vegetables are pickled in a simple pickle juice and the salad is ready overnight! It’s a great dish to enjoy for lunch, or serve it as a side dish for dinner. Try this pickled veggie salad with spicy peppers, yellow zucchini, and even tomatoes! It keep well in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

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How It’s Made!

Like any good salad recipe, this pickled cabbage salad tastes best with the best, farm-fresh ingredients! If you have a summer garden, this salad should be right up your alley! I recommend using a variety of firm vegetables, such as carrots, radishes (watermelon radish, too!), zucchini, cabbage, celery and mushrooms. Tomatoes and cucumbers would also work but make sure to go with tomatoes that are less ripe; same for cucumbers.

Easy Pickling Juice

To get the vegetables perfectly pickled, I use a simple pickling recipe that requires just 5 ingredients: water, sugar, oil, salt and vinegar. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to as low as 2 tablespoons. The original salad recipe can a bit on the sweet side for some people. I also like to add tons of garlic and pepper corns! The garlic and pepper both add a spicy and zesty kick to the pickled vegetables!

Pickled Cabbage Salad with carrots and peppers on olive wood board
Storing the Salad

Once you have the salad assembled in glass jars, allow it to cool on your kitchen counter completely; this could take several hours. This will allow the warm pickle juice to soften the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate the salad. It will stand well in the fridge for a good two weeks. Do not use metal pots or containers, unless stainless-steel! The acid in the pickle juice will strip certain metals, resulting in a metal aftertaste.

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Find this salad recipe in my newly released cookbook, Beyond Borscht, featuring 75 traditional Eastern European recipes! This cookbook has it all – appetizers, soup, salads, main entrees and of course, dessert!

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I love my Wusthof Ikon knives – the best investment ever! I used this classic chef’s knife for this video recipe.
These Epicurean cutting boards are the best. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe!
Use these glass storage containers for storing the salad in the fridge.


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