Fancy Apple Salad Cabbage Bowls

by | Salads and Veggies

A Waldorf apple salad with walnuts, raisins, shredded cabbage and a cider vinaigrette served in a cabbage leaf, never looked so fancy!

Savoy Cabbage Leaves


There’s cabbage and then there’s cabbage! In the cooler months of the year, always around holiday season, these gorgeous, oversized Savoy cabbage balls appear and I just had to showcase them!

I have never been a fan of cooked cabbage, but that’s just me. Most folks will say that cabbage tastes even sweeter when it’s cooked. 

Kind of like Brussels Sprouts, which I also have only recently acquired a taste for, only because I created Brussels Sliders with Chili Onion Jam to make them taste fabulous! 

For holiday season dinner gatherings I wanted to create a salad that could also look pretty on the plate, which often a salad without its own bowl, is all over the plate. 

Bowl? Oh yes! I will use the gorgeous oversized cabbage leaf as a bowl to hold the salad, and chop the tender inner parts of the cabbage to add to the salad. 

Fancy Dining

Call me old fashion but unless a dinner gathering is a picnic or outdoor BBQ I love all the frills of a fancy spread. Fancy table settings, fancy food, even fancy attire. Why not, I’m just acting out my little girl ‘dress-up’ fun, as an adult. 

Making cabbage look fancy on a plate was not something I thought I could accomplish until I realized how sturdy and beautiful the leaves are and would make for a whimsical ‘bowl’ on the plate. 

Apple Salad In Cabbage Leaf

Apple Salad

Having grown up with Waldorf salads, which are apples, nuts, raisins and usually mayonnaise, which once I became a nutrition conscience adult, I stopped eating mayo, therefore stopped Waldorf salads. 

Apple salad now? Apple cider vinaigrette, instead of mayo, brought me back to making apple salads again and that was exactly what I wanted to serve inside the cabbage leaf, alongside a few delicious turkey leftover dishes.

Apple Cabbage Salad

Apple and Cabbage Salad

Why did it take me so long to realize how delicious apples and cabbage are together! Toss in there some raisins for more sweetness, walnuts for more crunch and an apple cider vinaigrette with a splash of mustard and wow… just wow!

What To Serve With Apple Cabbage Salad Bowls

Apples are in abundance in autumn. Cabbage loves the cooler climate of autumn. With a host of special holiday gatherings that are celebrated during the months of October through the end of the year I wanted a salad that could be menu versatile.

Of course a burger would be fabulous with apple cabbage salad in a leaf and could even steal the show on the plate, but I wanted other dishes that are more common during end of year months. 

 Long story short, I created a fabulous Mac & Cheese Turkey Roll that gets wrapped in phyllo dough for the winter months, much like my Mac & Cheese Crab Roll that I created for Food Network and is frequent in our home in summer. 

Apple Cabbage Salad & Mac and Cheese Turkey Roll

Want something healthy and pretty on your Thanksgiving table? If you serve family style, simply place several of these cabbage bowl salads on a platter and set it on the table. Individual servings are even easier, to just put on the plate with turkey. 

How To Make Fancy Apple Salad Cabbage Bowls

Preparing the cabbage leaf  to be used as a bowl is the first step. These savory cabbage balls are large and hearty. Once the center stem and core are carefully cut out, the outer leaves come loose quickly. 

The center, tighter bundled leaves are very tender so chop those into bite-size chunks to go into the salad. Raw Brussels sprouts can also be used instead of the center cut of the cabbage. 

Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage

Mix the vinaigrette into a jar with a lid and set it aside. The vinaigrette has lemon juice to keep the apples from turning brown, apple cider vinegar to pair well with the apples in the salad, olive oil and a splash of mustard to add another dimension of tang to the flavors. 

In a large mixing bowl, simply mix the salad ingredients with the vinaigrette, toss and portion into the beautiful cabbage leaf bowls. 

Apple Cabbage Salad Ingredients


  • Apples
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mustard


  • Mixing bowls
  • Small jar
  • Sharp paring knife
  • Mixing spoon

Fancy Apple Salad Cabbage Bowls

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Salads and VeggiesCuisine: American

A Waldorf apple salad with walnuts, raisins, shredded cabbage and a cider vinaigrette served in a cabbage leaf, never looked so fancy!


  • Apples – 2, shredded or chopped

  • Cabbage – 3 cups for salad

  • Cabbage Leaves – 1 per person

  • Walnuts – 1 cup

  • Raisins – 3/4 cup

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Garlic – 1 clove

  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tbsp

  • Mustard – 1 tbsp


  • Carefully cut the core out from the cabbage. Remove as many large leaves as possible. Set these aside until the salad has been mixed. If not serving right away, carefully stack the leaves and store in an airtight container.
  • In a small container with a lid, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, crushed clove of garlic and mustard. Place the lid on and give a good shake. Set aside until salad is ready to mix.
  • Decide if you want the cabbage (or Brussels sprouts), shredded or cut into bite size cubes, then cut both the apples and tender cabbage center the same for continuity visually.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the cut apples, cabbage, raisins and walnuts. Give a light toss. Shake the vinaigrette once again and drizzle across the salad while gently tossing. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the mixed salad evenly into each large cabbage leaf and set on a platter or individual plates being served.
Apple Salad Cabbage Bowls

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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