These healthy vegan cabbage recipes are easy to make and so so delicious! Even if you are not a fan of this low-carb, nutritious veggie, I guarantee, you will find something that will be to your liking.
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Health Benefits of Cabbage
Cabbage is nutritionally dense, high in fiber, and low in calories, making a great addition to salads, stir fries, and soups. It’s a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
Vegan Cabbage Recipes
For more vegan recipes for fall/winter, check out our vegan Thanksgiving recipes and vegan Christmas recipes roundups. For more tasty meals with lots of healthy veggies, see our acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potato roundups.
It’s time to get stuffed with cabbage rolls! Cabbage rolls are a staple in Polish, Ukrainian, and Hungarian cuisines. This is an enormously comforting dish that is crazy economical. Plant-based ground “beef” and rice are the core of the stuffing.
If you haven’t ever roasted cabbage, you must give this a go. Cabbage becomes tender and a little sweet when roasted. Serve with a creamy tahini miso sauce for an Asian flare.
Cabbage is the perfect backdrop for soups and stews. This cabbage soup is full of hearty vegetables and legumes. You will want to eat this on a cold winter night with some crusty bread for dunking.
A summer BBQ is incomplete without a big bowl of crunchy cabbage slaw. I love that this simple recipe is so colorful with the use of green and red cabbage as well as carrots.
Napa cabbage is so versatile and almost silken when it is cooked. The large outer leaves are softer than that of basic green cabbage, which makes them perfect for rolling around a tofu and mushroom filling. Just sauté and spoon over a sweet, salty, and sour sauce.
In Japan, one of the best cures for an indulgent night out is a pancake known as okonomiyaki. This is a popular street food made with rice flour, yams, and cabbage. Traditionally, this might have eggs. You can make it completely vegan at home.
7. Quick Kimchi
Classic Korean Kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage that takes days or weeks to mature. This recipe takes a few shortcuts so you can be eating it in about a day.
Sautéed garlicky cabbage is a great side dish to serve with your at-home Chinese take-out dinner. It has very few ingredients and can be on the table in just 25 minutes.
Sometimes, miso soup needs a reboot. Spicy cabbage soup with soba noodles in miso and soy broth does the trick. You can skip the chili peppers if heat isn’t your thing and it will still be delicious.
Crispy, charred edges of cabbage leaves are a taste you will want over and over again. Napa cabbage quarters are seared in non-dairy brown butter until blackened. Then, the cabbage steams in its own juices until tender.
You are going to be amazed at how well cabbage and edamame go together in this crunchy and fresh salad. The result is a colorful and nutrient-dense slaw with a decent amount of plant-based protein.
Pack your bags because you are traveling to Italy for an amazing dish of parmesan cabbage. Cabbage wedges simmer in a veggie broth that is flavored with tahini and mustard. The softened cabbage is finished with a generous coating of vegan parmesan cheese.
I can’t sing enough praise for one-dish meals, especially during a busy week. Creamy sauerkraut pasta skillet is full of veggie goodness and tangy cabbage kraut. Dinner is on the table in less than an hour!
Do you love a good wedge salad? I so enjoy the crunch of iceberg lettuce, but it is light in nutrients. Enter cabbage. You only need to roast the wedges to soften them and then top with tomatoes, corn, vegan bacon bits, and dairy-free ranch dressing for a healthier spin on the classic wedge salad.
Cold noodle salad is perfect for lunch on a hot summer day. Nutty buckwheat soba noodles are tossed with cabbage and other veg and fruit. It is all coated with a creamy sesame garlic dressing. If it is the weekend, you are going to want to open a bottle of chilled sauvignon blanc.
We’re going green! This green goddess salad is seriously green and gorgeous with cabbage, cucumbers, scallions, chives, spinach, and fresh herbs. There isn’t any milky green goddess dressing because it only needs fresh lemon juice and EVOO.
There is always room for a deconstructed version of any dish. A chopped cabbage roll skillet is pretty clever. It has all the ingredients of vegan stuffed cabbage without all the work that goes into assembling and braising the rolls.
19. Cabbage and Rice
There is a really nice southern dish that is simply called tomatoes and rice. It is chewy and has a lovely red hue. Vegan cabbage and rice is an updated version of the dish with the addition of cabbage to introduce more texture and fiber.
Who doesn’t crave a crispy eggroll filled with shredded cabbage? But all those deep-fried calories!?! You can have all the flavors of your favorite Chinese eggroll in a bowl without all the fat. Ramen noodles have replaced the wontons.
The next time you are invited to a backyard party, consider bringing along an Asian cabbage slaw. Cashews and quinoa make this salad rich in protein for a well-rounded side dish.
What is better than easy udon noodles with cabbage when you are really hungry and don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen? You could do take-out, but this dish is so much better for you and absolutely yummy.
Let’s take a break from whole roasted cauliflower and roast a head of cabbage instead. The outer leaves are deeply caramelized while the core is buttery soft. The cabbage head is bathed in a savory tomato and mushroom gravy.
Cabbage roll casserole was dreamt up for the lazy vegan who wants to impress. Lazy vegan is a compliment for those of us who are clever enough to make epic comfort food without working too hard. This casserole is meaty, cheesy, loaded with cabbage and other goodies, and saucy with tomatoes.
One of the best things about cabbage is how many different ways you can cook it. Southern fried cabbage starts with sautéing diced cabbage to get some caramelization. The browned cabbage is then stewed to soften it. Coconut bacon gives it a Southern nuance.
Sheet pan dinners are a vegan cook’s wish come true. Not to mention, the cleanup is a breeze. As unusual as it may seem, cabbage, new potatoes, and tempeh are a combination that definitely works for this weeknight dinner.
The humble and insanely economical green cabbage can be transformed into the perfect vegan stir-fry in just minutes. It is a little spicy, as well as salty and sweet.
I’ve never met a vegetable fritter I didn’t like. You will for sure like red cabbage and apple fritters. They are oven baked instead of fried. A bonus is that these fritters are gluten-free by using chickpea flour.
It is hard to have a meal in Eastern Europe that isn’t served with pickled vegetables of some sort. Lacto-fermented veggies, like sauerkraut, aid in digestion and provide us with beneficial probiotics. Savory sauerkraut pancakes are an excellent alternative to sweet cakes for breakfast.
Looking for a super easy pasta dish? Look no further. Farfalle with sautéed cabbage is simply seasoned with salt and pepper. This is about the most stress-free pasta dish you will ever make.
Ever find yourself in a pickle about what to serve as a condiment at any vegan meal? You guessed it – pickles. Pickled red cabbage is vibrant in color, tangy in flavor, and compliments any savory dish. It is also a terrific digestif.
32. Sauerkraut Soup
Sauerkraut soup is one of the healthiest vegan meal starters or main courses you will ever make. It is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Carrots, garbanzo beans, and potatoes offer vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, and protein. Did I mention it tastes really good too?
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Vegan Cabbage Recipes FAQ
It’s best to soak cut cabbage halves in salt water or water with a splash of vinegar for 15 minutes before cooking. This helps crisp and tenderize the cabbage, removes any dirt between the layers, and cleans it before cooking.
You can help crisp up your cabbage by soaking it in salt water or water with vinegar before slicing and cooking. If your cabbage is soggy, mushy, or discolored, it’s better to be safe than sorry and discard it to prevent foodborne illnesses.
There are a few recipes that involve cooking cabbage with milk. Cabbage is sometimes prepared with milk, salt, pepper, and other seasonings and consumed as a drink or soup, or as creamed cabbage in a common South African recipe.
There are many ways to cook cabbage that are very healthy. Steaming, stir frying, and simmering in soup are all excellent ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable. Eating cabbage raw in a salad or a low or no-oil coleslaw are also healthy preparation methods.