Cabbage Slaw with Maple Horseradish Dressing

This cabbage slaw is crisp and fresh, and when paired with subtly sweet yet slightly spicy maple horseradish dressing, it creates the perfect side dish for any family BBQ.  

healthy cabbage slaw

Side dishes are my FAVE.  Which is interesting because I have recently noticed that my blog is kind of lacking in them!  So my goal is to provide you with a lot more in the coming months.  But while you wait, be sure to check out some of my faves.  If you are looking for something cool and fresh I highly suggest my honey lime summer salad or tropical quinoa salad (which can also be a main course!).  If you want something warm and comforting check out my roasted carrots with tahini sauce or my sweet and savory sweet potatoes.

But for now we are going to focus on the cabbage slaw recipe that is SUPER fresh and perfect for hot summer BBQs.  I love that it combines crunchy cabbage with sweet carrots and a more savory cucumber.  And I am not a big mayo person, which I know most slaws are based on, so I went a little different.  I made this maple horseradish sauce that is olive oil base, has a subtle sweetness from some maple syrup, the kick of horseradish mustard, and  a little apple cider vinegar to give it that extra punch.  Plus all of these ingredients are really nutritious.  I love bringing healthy sides to a dinner party because it gives me more options I feel good about and it helps me fill up my plate with the good stuff.  I never restrict myself, especially in social situations, but I like to fuel my body on foods that make me feel good.  If you want to hear more about my health philosophy, check it out here.

healthy cabbage slaw

Let’s Make Some Cabbage Slaw!

Okay so here is what you need to know for this recipe.  It is SUPER simple.  I’d start by making sure you slice the cabbage pretty thin.  As we all know cabbage can be kind of hard and crunchy, so the thinner you slice it the better. 

Another way to help with the cabbage is to make this the night before you want to eat it.  That will give the acidity in the dressing enough time to break down the cabbage a little bit making it softer.  Kind of like massaging kale if you have ever done that!

When it comes to what ingredients to choose, here are my recommendations:

  • apple cider vinegar should always be raw, unfiltered and “with the mother”
  • buy extra virgin (and cold pressed if possible) olive oil to get the most nutritious kind
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice from real lemons when you can
  • Use 100% pure Grade A (organic if possible) maple syrup – not the imitation stuff our stores are lined with.

If you want to see a lot of my brand and ingredient recommendations, check out my Amazon shop.  And if you’d be interested in learning more about how to choose the right good products for your home and you live in the Atlanta area,  schedule a super market tour with me, I’d love to show you more!

Last but not least, this recipe feeds two, so if you are making it for a group feel free to double or triple!  Enjoy!

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cabbage slaw

Cabbage Slaw with Maple Horseradish Dressing

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

This cabbage slaw is crisp and fresh, and when paired with subtly sweet yet slightly spicy maple horseradish dressing, it creates the perfect side dish for any family BBQ.




  • 2 cups sliced cabbage (About 1/4 of a full cabbage)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 persian cucumber


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp horseradish mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • dash garlic salt


  1. Slice cabbage thin, cut cucumber in slices and then in fourths, add all veggies to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small cup and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour dressing on veggies and mix until evenly distributed.  Save overnight for best flavor.


A regular cucumber is fine if that is all your store has.  It will produce more and has a slightly different flavor

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup

If you try this recipe please leave a comment below letting me know what you think!  And if you remake on Instagram don’t forget to tag me at @donutworry_behealthy so I can see your creation and send my love and share in my stories!


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