Citrusy Cabbage Salad with Cumin and Coriander


Colorful shredded cabbage salad with oranges and radishes and a zesty lime cumin coriander dressing!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Isn’t it great that some of our most colorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the dreariest days of winter? Now is the time for citrus—oranges, lemons, limes.

My mother and I planted a lime tree several years ago and it has finally decided to produce limes. Mom has so many she can’t give them away. Our orange trees are adorned and heavy with ripe fruit.

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And cabbages! Festive red and green cabbages, my favorite winter vegetable because they’re inexpensive, last for weeks (if not months) in the fridge, and they’re so versatile—in a soup, blanched, braised, with pork, stuffed, or in salads like this one.

The inspiration for this slaw comes from a lamb taco recipe in Sunset magazine. They use lime juice as a dressing with cumin for the shredded cabbage that accompanies their tacos. I love the interplay of lime and cumin with cabbage.

In this version we are taking the idea a bit further and making a real salad of it, with oranges, radishes, chopped onion, cilantro, and some olive oil along with the lime juice, as well as coriander with the cumin. It’s delicious!

Citrusy Cabbage Salad with Cumin and Coriander Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4


  • 6 cups thinly sliced cabbage, red or green or both
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 radishes, sliced
  • 2 large oranges, supremed (sectioned and membranes removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed whole cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.

Serve alone or as a side to chicken, fish, seafood, or pork. Great served in fish tacos or with pulled pork.

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Citrusy Cabbage Salad

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Emily

    So much cabbage makes it a bit too chewy may be improved with the addition of some crunchy greens, like romaine?


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  2. Kat

    This is a winner. Didn’t have radishes so I used some shredded carrot for variety. Paired with broiled sable fish which was perfect. Can’t wait to make it again.


  3. Morrie

    These sound so great. Can’t wait to fix some. Just got out of hospital, things just don’t taste the same. Thank you

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  4. Debbie

    Made this today for a family BBQ and wow, was it great! Rave reviews from the family. Happily I had made a double batch and have enough left over for lunch tomorrow. This one is a keeper, thank you! :)


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  5. SJ

    Love this recipe! Simple, tasty and low call.S


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