Favorite Cabbage Salad

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This cabbage salad really has been a favorite for decades. It is easy to make and travels well for potluck suppers. —Edna Culbertson, Jenison, Michigan
Favorite Cabbage Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, green pepper and onion. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and salt. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Stir in bacon just before serving.
Cabbage Salad Tips

What kind of cabbage should you use to make cabbage salad?

Most coleslaw recipes are made with green cabbage, or a combination of green and red cabbage. Red cabbage can also be added to this salad, but keep in mind that the color from red cabbage will leach into the other ingredients. Savoy cabbage is similar to green cabbage, but has deep green, crinkly leaves. It's also more tender and sweet than green cabbage and could be used in this cabbage salad as well.

How do you shred cabbage?

The four ways to shred cabbage are pretty basic and fuss-free. Shredding can be as easy as cutting the cabbage into thin slices with a knife. Or, you could speed things along with a mandolin, box grater or food processor, noting that there will be a little bit more cleanup involved.

How long does cabbage salad last?

This cabbage side is a make-ahead salad that needs to be chilled for at least 4 hours before serving, which allows the flavors to meld and the cabbage to soften slightly. Stir in bacon just before serving, so it stays nice and crisp. It will last 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 118 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.