Winter Cabbage Salad with Apples and Cranberries

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This year has been a rough one all over, but especially when it comes to food. I love food — making it, eating it, sharing it. The sharing it part has kind of gone out the window (although I have started a new trend of dropping off surprise homemade desserts at friends’ houses, so that’s fun) but since there’s not much else to look forward to, food is all I’ve got. Which means a lot of unhealthy things, because does anyone really look forward to a salad?
If it’s the right kind of salad, maybe. I mean, yes, you can look forward to it, but maybe not in the same way you look forward to a pizza or brownies stuffed with croissants.
This salad is that. It’s crunchy and filling, slightly sweet and kinda tart, with a lemon honey dressing that will make you question why you ever bought bottled salad dressing in your life. It’s every kind of salad you want in the winter, and maybe in the summer, because why not?

Winter Cabbage Salad with Apples and Cranberries

A bright, crisp winter salad loaded with chewy cranberries and crisp apples, all combined with the a lemon dressing you'll want to drink.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -4



  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey more or less to taste
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • 4 cups shredded cabbage any color (I sometimes buy bagged coleslaw mix)
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large tart crisp apple such as Honeycrisp, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Make the dressing by putting all of the ingredients in a jar. Shake until well combined. Taste, and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
  • Put all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing, and toss until well coated.
  • Serve immediately.
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