Polish Red Cabbage Salad with Apple & Onion

This is my mother’s recipe, something she used to make often back home and one of those days she surprised us making this salad to serve with dinner… I must admit I completely forgot how beautiful and bright in colour this salad was.

Polish boiled red cabbage salad recipe with apple and onion


  • ½ head large red cabbage (shredded)
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 apples, more if small (grated)
  • 1 small onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 – 3 tbs olive oil
  • fine sugar – to taste
  • salt – to taste


  • medium pot
  • strainer
  • mixing bowl


  1. Bring pot of water to boil, add cabbage and continue heating until water is boiling again.
  2. Cook 1 minute longer, strain the cabbage, cool down a bit and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add lemon juice to bring back the colour, grated apples and onion.
  4. Season to taste with salt and sugar, mix well and place in the fridge to chill a bit before serving.

Makes 4 – 5 servings.


More Polish recipes.

More salads from our blog.

If you are looking for more red cabbage recipes, take a look at Cathy’s Red Cabbage and Cannellini Bean Soup or Choclette’s Braised Red Cabbage.

I’m submitting this recipe to March Inheritance Recipes that we co-host with Solange of Pebble Soup.

traditional Polish recipes passed from generation to generation

Your thoughts…

  1. I love cabbage and I love eating pink colour food… ;) This looks super yummy!

  2. Thank you, it is addition of the lemon that made the colour so nice and bright.

  3. Simple to make and such a beautiful colour too – love it!

  4. This is SO pretty, Margot! I think it would be a perfect fuss-free side dish for the Easter lunch table, as well as any other meal.

  5. Jackie Dubill says:

    Are the onions meant to be raw or should they be cooked with the olive oil? Is the olive oil just being mixed into the rest or is it for cooking the onions?

  6. Jackie Dubill says:

    What is the measurement for the lemon juice?

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