Tangy Cabbage and Apple Sauté

Need a quick and tasty side dish to brighten things up at your next plant-based barbecue? This five-ingredient cabbage and apple sauté is equal parts tangy, refreshing, and fruity. Savory shallots are cooked with the cabbage and apples to infuse everything with earthy sweetness, while whole grain mustard and apple cider vinegar punch up the flavor profiles with lip-smacking acidity. This warm and satisfying take on classic coleslaw ingredients ditches the creamy dressing for light and bright flavors that pair perfectly with veggie burgers, carrot dogs, or pasta salads.

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By Ellen Boeke,


  • ½ cup sliced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 2 cups thinly sliced apple (such as honeycrisp, gala, or braeburn)


  • In an extra-large nonstick skillet cook cabbage, apple, and shallot over medium-high 3 to 4 minutes or until just wilted and tender, tossing with tongs and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add vinegar and mustard; toss to coat.

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Sarah Brooks

This was a quick and delicious meal. It's a great go-to meal when you want something fast and easy. I also halved some red grapes and added them in for even more sweetness and a burst of color.

Carol A McCollum

Sounds delicious! Wondering why the pics show crisp, apparently raw cabbage & apple. Looks pretty crisp & crunchy. Recipe says to cook until wilted. Pics are not of wilted cabbage and apple and onion.

Roberta Dwyer

making this Now! Sounds very good.

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Ellen Boeke

Ellen Boeke has more than 25 years of experience as a recipe developer and food editor. She holds Bachelor's of Science degrees in consumer food science and journalism from Iowa State University and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Find her on LinkedIn.
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