Cumin Cabbage Slaw

March 30, 2009(updated on August 30, 2021)

cumin cabbage slaw

Yes, I realize there isn’t a jar in sight in the picture above. But I’ll have you know that the leftovers of that cabbage slaw are currently tucked away in a wide-mouth quart jar in my fridge, so at the very least, the recipe has come in contact with a jar. Also, the dressing is made by pouring everything into a pint jar and shaking vigorously. And, I’ve found that it continues to get more flavorful and delicious over time in cold storage, so it makes for an excellent keep-on-hand-in-a-jar salad.

I made this to go along with the turkey tacos I keep raving about (really, they are best), but it could go alongside any number of dishes. If you wanted to transform it from side dish to the main event, you could toss in some shredded chicken and chopped peanuts for a Mexican/Vietnamese flavor mash-up.

However you serve it, I’m certain it will taste good. And isn’t that the whole point? More specific recipe after the jump.

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Cumin Cabbage Slaw


  • 1 small cabbage about one pound, shredded
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 4-5 green onions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt use less if using regular table salt
  • 6-7 grinds of pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin make sure your supply is fairly fresh, it begins to taste like dirt when elderly


  • Heap cabbage, green onions and cilantro together in a medium-sized bowl.
  • In a pint jar, combine all dressing ingredients and shake well.
  • Pour over cabbage and toss together. Let sit for at least 15 minutes prior to serving, to give the dressing a chance to mingle with the vegetables.

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15 thoughts on "Cumin Cabbage Slaw"

  • OK, I will let your flimsy non-jar excuse slide by…only because this looks great. I haven’t made slaw yet this year, so this will be on my list soon!

  • As much as I love cabbage (yes, love), the excitement that made me comment is about your bowl. Where did you get that bowl? An old roommate had one and I very much admired it. But I can’t seem to find anything like it. Suggestions?

    1. Hey Melissa! I picked that bowl up at a thrift store about five years ago. I later learned that it by CathrineHolm, a mid-century designer. If you search eBay, you’ll find plenty of bowls like that. That particular pattern is called Lotus.

  • I, for one, do not mind missing jars if we get a great recipe. I am totally and completely making this next time I trot out the turkey tacos. So glad you like them too.

    1. Molly, I am currently a bit obsessed with your turkey tacos. I made them with a roasted red pepper turkey sausage (my local grocery store didn’t have any ground turkey that day) and they were amazing.

      Kalyn, the slaw is a really good foil for the spiced turkey mix.

  • I love the theme of this blog. I particularly like the jarred gifts section- I think you are going to be referenced a LOT during the holiday season this year LOL.

    I got a recognition award from a fellow blogger the other day. Very Nice. I was asked to pass it on to other bloggers I like. You are on the list. Check out the posting at my blog, Global Table…