Sunday, July 04, 2010

Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw Recipe with Green Onion and Parsley (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, South Beach Diet)

Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley was a hit at our family party!

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Several weeks ago I had a family party for Father's Day, and my sister Valerie brought this Sweet Cabbage Slaw with a sweet-and-sour dressing, green onion, and parsley. I'm a big fan of parsley, but I don't think I've ever seen it used in a sweet coleslaw recipe like this. It turned out to be a great combination with the crunch of the cabbage, the sweet dressing, and the savory flavor of the green onion all getting along very well with the parsley. The dressing on the salad Val made had quite a bit of sugar so I wasn't sure how this would work with Stevia Granulated Sweetener, but when I tried it I loved the South Beach friendly version of the salad just as much as the original.

Thinly slice the cabbage, then coarsely chop.

Then coarsely chop parsley to make about 3/4 cup chopped parsley and thinly slice the same amount of green onions.

Val used regular white vinegar in this salad, but when I discovered I didn't have any white vinegar, I made it with white balsamic vinegar, which was fantastic.

Stir together the oil, white vinegar, sweetener of your choice, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

Then toss together the chopped cabbage, chopped parsley and sliced green onion. Add just enough dressing to moisten the salad and toss again. Simple and delicious!

Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe from my sister Val.)

1/2 large head green cabbage (about 6 cups coarsely chopped cabbage)
3/4 cup chopped parsley (or more, you can use curly or flat parsley)
3/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (or more)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar or white vinegar
1/2 cup Stevia Granulated Sweetener, sugar, or Splenda (use Stevia or Splenda for South Beach Diet)
salt to taste (I used about 3/4 tsp. sea salt)
freshly ground black pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp.)

Cut out core from cabbage, then thinly slice and coarsely chop slices until you have about 6 cups chopped cabbage. Wash and coarsely chop parsley, and thinly slice green onions.

In small bowl or glass measuring cup, stir together the canola oil, white balsamic vinegar or white vinegar, sweetener, salt, and pepper.

Put chopped cabbage, chopped parsley, and sliced green onions into salad bowl and toss to combine. Add just enough dressing to moisten salad, and toss again. (You may not need all the dressing.) Taste to see if you want more salt or pepper, then serve.

This will keep for a day or so in the fridge, although I think it's better freshly made when the cabbage has more crunch.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Made using Stevia, Splenda, or another low-calorie sweetener, this salad would be a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-carb eating plan.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight using The Glycemic Index partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Cabbage Salads to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Spicy Asian Slaw with Napa Cabbage, Carrots, and Ginger Dressing from Cookin' Canuck

Sandee's Sensational Asian Salad with Chicken and Cabbage from Kalyn's Kitchen

Cumin Cabbage Slaw from Food in Jars

Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts from Kalyn's Kitchen

Napa Cabbage Slaw from Whipped

Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen

(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. This looks simple and tasty! I"m bookmarking it for another time, I love new cole slaw recipes, thanks!

  2. I love the Trader Joe's white balsamic vinegar, too. Sometimes you want the taste without the dark color of the regular balsamic. I'm going to save this recipe for a couple of weeks until my parsley in the garden is ready for harvest.

  3. White balsamic is awesome. And you can never go wrong with cabbage salad. Sounds delicious. Thank you!

  4. I haven't met too many Valerie's like myself in my lifetime. I need to try your sisters coleslaw:D

  5. It sounds wonderful. Not quite salad weather here but will try it in summer.

  6. Sounds fantastic! I think I would throw in a few slivered almonds to add to the crunch.

  7. I'm not surprised that I'm the only white balsamic fan, but the salad was great when my sister made it with plain white vinegar too.

    I think slivered almonds would make a great addition!

  8. Carole with an "e" in NYCJuly 5, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Well, unlike one of your fans who must be "down under" WE are having summer in spades here in the NE of the USA. This recipe would have gone great with my 4th of July BBQ yesterday, but since I love anything with cabbage it is now bookmarked in this house; in fact, if I didn't have so many leftovers in the frig, it would have been on the menu tonight. Thanks again Kalyn (and Valerie) for what looks like a winner.

  9. Great summertime recipe. This beats the standard mayo-laden salads any day of the week.

  10. Wow! I just made this and it is balsamic vinegar so I used rice vinegar! It was awesome with cilantro! Thanks for this one! It's a keeper!!!

  11. This looks fabulous! I have green onions and parsley in the garden. Cabbage from the farmers' market, and away we go!

  12. Nice....looks delicious and thanks

  13. Oh, my, but this looks good and it sounds different enough to be interesting as well. Your photo is terrific. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  14. This is a good salad! I was wondering, Kalyn.....

    Is there any way we can make "recipe boxes" on your blog, to store the recipes we like? That would be amazing!

  15. Leah, I'm sorry but there is no way to make "recipe boxes" with the blogging software that I use. I use a site called to save recipes. You can put them in categories any way you want. You might like that site.

    (It does make me happy that you like the blog that much though, thanks!)


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