Often overlooked as boring, cabbage is not many people’s favorite veggie. A sadly underrated leafy vegetable that can not only add color and texture to any recipe but is also extremely nutritious — making it an excellent veggie to incorporate into your diet.
Use it as a wrap substitute, to elevate appetizers, or to serve as a savory side, cabbage is big on both flavor and health benefits. From salads and roasted cabbage steaks to coleslaw and cabbage noodles, this compilation of 26 vegan cabbage recipes covers some delicious meals you would’ve never thought of creating!
This yummy, crunchy, and satisfying salad is loaded with crisp red cabbage, romaine lettuce, yellow bell pepper, shelled edamame, carrot, and extra-firm tofu, all tossed in a creamy homemade sesame dressing and topped with sesame seeds and cilantro. It’s a very adaptable recipe, so feel free to use whatever vegetables you like.
Striking the perfect balance of fruits and veggies in a refreshing drink, this blueberry-cabbage power juice is loaded with anthocyanins and powerful antioxidants. Make it with red cabbage, cucumber, blueberries, and Granny Smith apples, and serve it over ice (optional).
#3. Cabbage Curry
This cabbage curry boasts rich flavors and layered textures and is made with a sweet and savory blend of tender cabbage, pungent garlic and onion, creamy coconut milk, and intense curry powder. Mix it with pasta, serve it over a bed of rice, or as a side with your favorite main dish.
Healthy, flavorful, and super-easy to prepare, these fajita bowls are so tempting they’ll make you forget you’re having veggies for dinner. To make this healthy meal, top cabbage rice with onions, bell peppers, and black beans, then garnish with salsa, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, and serve!
A surprisingly simple and delicious side, these cabbage steaks have just the right crunch and spectacular flavors that are hard to resist. Make it with hearty slabs of cabbage roasted with olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. Drizzle the steaks with a sauce made of fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and tahini, and serve with a sprinkle of chives.
This dairy-free version of the iconic coleslaw comes together in just 10 minutes! To make this creamy and oh-so-refreshing salad, combine shredded cabbage with a homemade dressing made with vegan mayo, sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, and salt. Serve chilled to enjoy.
Bright, beautiful, and so delicious, this easy salad is made with orange, spinach, cabbage, and pistachios. Top it off with a yummy lemon vinaigrette made with lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper, and maple syrup — it’s refreshing, elegant, and has delightfully tangy, zesty flavors!
In this Southern classic, replace the meat with scrumptious plant-based beef crumbles paired with fresh cabbage. Fry minced garlic in oil until fragrant, then add a few splashes of vegetable stock and chopped cabbage, and cook until tender. Sauté with dry seasonings, liquid smoke, and beef crumbles until everything is cooked through. Serve as-is or with warm rice.
This cashew-cabbage stir-fry is easy enough to whip up in just a few minutes. Simply stir-fry the vegetables (except cabbage) and garlic in a skillet, then add cabbage, cashews, soy sauce, and sesame oil, cover, and steam until the cabbage is tender. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve!
This hearty and ultra-satisfying Mediterranean-style vegan soup recipe can be made in a crock-pot, on the stovetop, or in an instant pot! Cook cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots in a rich tomato sauce with aromatics and spices, then finish with a splash of lemon juice, fresh dill, and a drizzle of olive oil. Freeze leftovers (if any) to enjoy later.
This vibrant salad is as tasty and nutritious as it is beautiful! Chop up crisp romaine lettuce, red cabbage, cherry/grape tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, and bell pepper, and add a creamy avocado dressing with fresh basil and white wine vinegar to enjoy.
A traditional Slavic cuisine, “borscht” is an incredibly warm and comforting soup. This vegan version is made by first sauteing onions and carrots until soft, then adding cabbage, beets, and potatoes in the Instant Pot to cook. Add some minced garlic and chopped dill to serve!
This aromatic, hearty stew is packed with tender veggies and a medley of spices. Cook the cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, and broccoli with tomatoes, coconut water, and a variety of herbs and spices with freshly grated turmeric. Once all veggies are cooked through, add salt, sugar, and pepper to taste, and serve!
A stunning entree salad, this recipe is made by layering mixed greens with roasted veggies like red cabbage, potatoes, carrots, broccolini, and red bell pepper and assembling them all on a serving platter with avocado, radishes, and macadamia nut cheese. Add hemp seeds and herbs (if desired) on top and serve with the magic green sauce.
Hearty and healthy, this vegan soup is made with cabbage, leeks/onion, potato, protein-rich white beans, herbs and spices, and a vegetable broth base. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon and chopped fresh parsley and serve with naan or gluten-free socca to soak up all the delicious goodness.
To make this fermented, gut-healthy goodness, press finely sliced cabbage with salt — either by hand or using a sauerkraut pounder — until the cabbage releases liquid, then pile the cabbage in mason jars with the liquid. Ferment it for 14 days, or more, in a cool, dark place. Make sure you store it in the refrigerator once you open it.
Antioxidant-rich cabbage and carrots that are packed with beta carotene are drizzled with a simple garlicky lemon dressing and topped with freshly toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds to create a salad that’s big on flavor and health benefits. Enjoy as-is or pair it with veggie burgers, grilled mains, or sandwiches — so many possibilities to explore!
Colorful, filling, and bursting with Thai flavors, these vegan wraps are made by layering mango salsa made with ripe mangoes, red bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt on cabbage wraps. To serve, top them with crisp, brown tofu and peanut sauce.
Make this super flavorful dish with farfalle pasta and roughly chopped green cabbage with freshly cracked pepper on top. You can either cook it up in about 20 minutes or let it simmer for longer to take advantage of the taste profile that comes with caramelization. It’s an easy, simple, and quick dish for lazy weeknights.
These appetizing traditional croquettes are made by layering a combination of crunchy cabbage, savory and earthy mushrooms, and onions in crepes and frying them till golden brown. Serve the croquettes with a spoonful of homemade chili ketchup and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing dish!
Wonderfully crisp on the outside and perfectly soft inside, these fritters are made with shredded cabbage and carrots, turmeric, flaxseeds, flour, salt, and pepper — it’s everything you’d want in an appetizer, and then some. Serve with ketchup or a vegan mayo dressing.
Delicious potatoes are packed in crispy, golden puff pastry with a mixture of cabbage, onions, and leeks. Smothered in a creamy cashew sauce spiced with nutmeg, they’re baked to golden-brown perfection to create the ultimate dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
These hearty and savory vegan cabbage rolls are loaded with vegetables, lentils, rice, and seasonings and drizzled with a thick tomato sauce. Serve on their own or with a serving of mashed potatoes or bread to round up the meal.
This delicious bihon noodle meal is cooked with various vegetables like cabbage, carrots, and zucchini along with vegan chicken broth, vegan chicken strips, and a handful of seasonings. Once cooked, serve with a splash of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of green onion.
To make this wonderful Polish dish, stir-fry cabbage and onions with Mafalda pasta and browned smoky tofu slathered in a sauce made with soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and vinegar. Serve with ultra-comforting and super delicious vegan haluski with a garnish of parsley and chives.
Flavorful, healthy, and adaptable to any food preferences, this vegetable soup is made with a generous helping of cabbage, mirepoix (aromatic onion, carrot, and celery mix), tomatoes, protein-rich green beans, potato, veg broth, and flavorful seasonings. Topped with fresh parsley and serve with homemade vegan cornbread or naan, this comforting soup is the stuff of dreams!