If you're looking for an inexpensive salad that can be prepared quickly, try this winter cabbage and apple salad.

The recipe was born from my own "addiction" to fresh vegetables - I almost have to have a salad with warm food. I also order it on the side of the meal in a restaurant. At home, I always make some kind of basic green salad, no matter how busy I am.

However, now that prices are rising, we have had to think about how to curb costs a little. Cucumber, tomato and lettuce prices are constantly rising. Could these be replaced with something else?

Yes, you can! Chinese cabbage, red cabbage and apple come to the rescue. These three wonderfully fresh and sweet ingredients complement each other and go well together.

Top the salad with more with this mustard salad dressing, which you prepare in no time.

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Equipment needed

All you need for this recipe is a sharp kitchen knife.

Sufficient and affordable Chinese cabbage

I remember from my own childhood that in the 80s and 90s, salad was often equal to Chinese cabbage. Nowadays, it is rarely added to the shopping basket, because we are spoiled with fresh potted salads. And it wasn't a trendy food before. According to my mother, Chinese cabbage used to be eaten out of practical necessity - it was so cheap. This was especially important during the recession.

So what would be a smarter choice now that prices are skyrocketing? I bought the first batch of Chinese cabbage this fall purely for savings reasons, but I really fell in love with it. It is wonderfully crunchy and tasty and surprisingly sweet too, especially at the thick leaf roots.

And then the price. The price of Chinese cabbage varies between 3.59 and 4.30 euros per kilo.

However, you shouldn't just look at the price, because Chinese cabbage is the best sufficiency. One cabbage makes such a huge amount of salad that you can eat it all day long. Chinese cabbage is so light that 50 grams of Chinese cabbage is already a good amount of salad.

In addition, Chinese cabbage can be stored in the refrigerator several weeks. Salad needs are at hand whenever you need them. If you compare this to a quickly wilting pot salad, there is no need to even discuss the winner.

Tip: In addition to salad, Chinese cabbage can also be used in wok dishes, as is often done in Chinese restaurants.

Healthy and versatile red cabbage

In addition to Chinese cabbage, we always have red cabbage these days. Here's another really great vegetable that can be kept in the fridge for a good week!

Red cabbage is rich in vitamin C, folate and antioxidants. In addition, it contains abundant flavonoids, which are known to protect us from many diseases. In fact, all vegetables with "cabbage" in their name are real superfoods! They should be included in the diet in some form every day.

Like Chinese cabbage, red cabbage is also tasty and, at best, even surprisingly sweet. For the salad, you should cut the red cabbage into thin slices, because it takes some work for the teeth.

The price of a kilo of red cabbage varies between 1.49 euros and 2.99 euros. Because cabbage weighs a lot, the price of a single ball of cabbage can be closer to 5 euros. But here too, you shouldn't look too much at the price, because one cabbage is born an insane amount of salad. At some point, it starts to feel like a bunch of cabbage will never end.

What else can be prepared from red cabbage:

  • borscht soup
  • coleslaw salad
  • roast in the oven with potatoes and roots
  • use sliced for veggie steaks and to fill tacos

Note: Red cabbage is not really suitable for a wok, because the color from the cabbage comes off in other dishes.

What will be the price of the dose

Here I list the average prices of ingredients. (And I actually overestimated the prices a bit.)

  • 50 g Chinese cabbage = 0.18 ?
  • 100 g red cabbage = 0.30 ?
  • 2 apples = 0.53 ?

Total price of the recipe: 1 ? i.e. 0.25? per portion, assuming that the recipe is enough for (at least) four people.

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Fresh apple cabbage salad

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  • Author: almost vegan
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Portions: 4-6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Reseptin kuvaus

This apple cabbage salad is prepared quickly and at low cost. Chinese cabbage, red cabbage and apple go well together and complement each other.


  • 50 g Chinese cabbage
  • 100 g red cabbage
  • 2 Royal Gala apple

In addition


  1. Rinse all ingredients. If you want, you can also peel the apples before using.
  2. Chop all the ingredients into small pieces.
  3. Serve mustard salad dressing with.
  • Prep time: 10
  • Category: Salads
  • Cooking method: No cooking
  • Cuisine: General

Keywords: succulent cabbage salad, fresh cabbage salad, cabbage and apple salad, easy cabbage salad, inexpensive salad

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