Oh, cabbage. It’s cheap, it’s super healthy and it’s very versatile in the kitchen. Might not be your favorite thing to eat right now, but things will change after you try some of these tasty easy cabbage recipes. You’ll start looking at this cruciferous vegetable differently.
Whether you’re looking for something vegetarian, a tasty cabbage stir-fry or even cabbage soup – you will love this collection of healthy lunch and dinner recipes with cabbage. You can use white, green or red cabbage, or any other variety and color to make these meals.
So, wonder no more what to do with that head of cabbage you bought because it was super cheap. It is good for you and we’ve got all the delicious ideas right here.
Easy Cabbage Recipes
Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables out there and makes a great base for stir-fries, salads and soups. It is full of antioxidants, a great source of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K and folate.
This plant might be a “stinker”, but when you know how to cook it, cabbage can be mouthwatering. Growing well when the weather is cold, cabbage in all of its varieties and colors is the ideal vegetable to enjoy during winter and fall to get in some essential vitamins during those seasons.
Make sure to save this list of healthy dinners for whenever you want to make a satisfying, quick and easy cabbage recipe!
1. 20-Minute Spicy Cabbage and Ground Beef
You only need 7 ingredients and one pan to make this delicious recipe with green cabbage and ground beef. It is so tasty, flavorful and a bit spicy and It makes enough to feed 3 people.
This one pan meal is low-carb, gluten-free and dairy-free. Get the recipe here.
2. Vegetable Lentil Cabbage Soup
Cabbage soup is actually super good and not at all something you force yourself to eat in order to lose weight. You will love this veggie-loaded vegan version with white cabbage, lentils, broccoli, herbs, mushrooms and spices. Find the recipe here.
3. Mediterranean Salmon Bowls
This Mediterranean salmon recipe is so worth it for dinner! Instead of rice, the base for the bowl is made with cabbage, feta cheese and basil. Then come salmon, broccoli and hummus. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but once you try it, you will want to make this meal again and again. Recipe here.
4. Healthy Fried Rice Breakfast Bowls
Cabbage for breakfast? I’d say yes, if it’s served ike this. Rice, scrambled eggs, avocado, scallions and stir-fried cabbage make these vegetarian breakfast bowls a tasty, filling and healthy meal. The perfect healthy way to start your day. Recipe here.
5. Easy Tofu & Cabbage Stir-Fry
If you want to add more plant-based cabbage recipes to your diet, this one’s for you! Tofu, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots…yes, they actually go really well together and this vegan dish is ready in 15 minutes. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian you will love this tasty cabbage stir-fry.
6. Healthy Egg Roll In A Bowl
Trying to eat healthier, but craving egg rolls? This is a great healthy option for you: egg roll in a bowl. It’s basically a healthier, much easier deconstructed version of egg rolls. You will need cabbage, carrots, chicken, tamari sauce, scallions for this low-carb cabbage dish. Recipe here.
7. Spicy Mediterranean Bowls
The base for these wonderful Mediterranean bowls is made with cabbage, then topped with spicy chickpeas, hummus, avocado and more vegetables. It is such a healthy and flavorful combination. Recipe here.
8. Easy Vegan Fried Rice
There’s a reason fried rice is so popular: it’s really good. One vegatable you can always count on when making stir-fried rice is cabbage. This vegan version of fried rice is made with tofu, cabbage, carrots and tamari sauce. It is a satiating dinner that everyone will love. Recipe here.
9. Spicy Chicken and Roasted Veg Bowls
These amazing spicy chicken and vegetable bowls are loaded with chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower and bell peppers. The base for the entire thing is a simple, flavorful cabbage salad. This fresh healthy recipe is great for dinner and meal prep. Recipe here.
10. Mediterranean Salmon Salad Recipe
Salmon and cabbage go well together, who knew? Make your salmon in the air fryer or bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes, then use it for healthy salads like this one. This Mediterranean salmon salad is made with chopped cabbage, roasted peppers and feta cheese. It is so good! Recipe here.
11. Ground Beef And Cabbage Soup
The list of ingredients for this warming cabbage and ground beef soup is long, but pretty healthy and affordable. You can definitely simplify it and use whatever vegetables and spices you have available and love. It’s super good! Recipe here.
12. Winter Cabbage, Rice Tuna Salad
Use up your cabbage, cooked rice and canned tuna and make this nutritious winter salad. It’s tasty and very simple to make. Recipe here.
13. Green Keto Chicken Salad
Even if you’re not following a low-carb diet, you need this avocado chicken salad in your life! You will love how flavorful, fresh, filling and healthy it is. It’s one of the best salads with chicken I ever had. Recipe here.
14. Red Curry Noodles
This vegetarian, Thai-inspired dish will blow you away. It is spicy, full of flavor and super filling. Red curry, cabbage, tofu, noodles, coconut milk and lime leaves all come together to make this amazing vegan meal. Recipe here.
15. Ground Beef Cabbage Stir-fry
You can make this AMAZING recipe with cabbage and ground beef in just 15 minutes! That is right, perfect for weeknights Made with red cabbage, ground beef, bell pepper, scallions, tamari sauce and garlic this is a wonderful low-carb gluten-free dinner recipe that I make at least twice a week when it’s cabbage season. Recipe here.
16. Mediterranean Winter Chickpea & Cabbage Salad
Get your vitamins in this cold season with this vegetarian chickpea and cabbage salad. Made with beet, avocado, arugula and feta cheese this salad will bring you on a quick Mediterranean trip even if it’s winter. Recipe here.
17. Meal Prep Tuna & Cabbage Bowls
These tuna and cabbage bowls do sound pretty weird, when you hear the list of ingredients…chickpeas, cabbage, hummus, canned tuna…BUT they are flavorful and just wonderful. You will be missing out if you don’t give them a try. Recipe here.
18. Healthy Fall Chicken Salad
Roasted pumpkin or sweet potato, roasted pepper, cabbage, lettuce and chicken are some of the foods in this satisfying fall salad. You can find the recipe here.
How To Store and Use Up Cabbage
Cabbage is a very generous vegetable…You buy one and you’re basically covered for the next 3-4 days on vegetables. Although, throw in a carrot or a lemon in there too.
It is also a survivor, cabbage will stay good for many many days. I usually try to keep cabbage in the fridge or in a cool room, since it stays good longer when kept cold.
My biggest advice when it comes to using up cabbage is to wash, dry, chop, store in the fridge in an airtight container and use it in every meal. That’s basically it.
I really hope you got some inspiration and will try these healthy, quick and easy dishes with cabbage.
More Easy Vegetable Recipes To Try:
Egg Roll In A Bowl
- 2 1/2 cups cabbage, chopped
- 2/3 cup carrots, grated
- 8 oz chicken breast (ground or chopped)
- 1 Tbsp tamari sauce
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 scallions, chopped
- Optional: turmeric and crushed red pepper flakes
- Chop all vegetables and the chicken (if not ground).
- In a large pan, heat some olive oil (or coconut oil) at medium-high heat saute the 2 cloves of garlic for 30 seconds, then add the chicken and the cauliflower. Saute everything for 4-5 minutes (until the chicken is almost ready)
- Add in the cabbage, carrots and stir in the tamari sauce and the other garlic clove.
- Find the full instructions here.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 474Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 96mgSodium 647mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 9gSugar 9gProtein 43g
This post was originally published in November 2021 and updated in September 2022.