FoodNew twist on classic: Young cabbage slaw with apple and leek

New twist on classic: Young cabbage slaw with apple and leek

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2:49 PM EDT, May 28, 2024

Cabbage slaw with young cabbage often appears on my table during the spring-summer season. I can't imagine a meal without this crunchy and juicy addition. However, if you're bored with popular recipes, try the one below. This composition will undoubtedly stay with you for a long time.

If something as simple as cabbage slaw with young cabbage interests your mother-in-law, know something special is happening. It took her over 30 minutes to guess the ingredients of this delightful dish. I didn't have to share the recipe because it's a simple combination.

How to make cabbage slaw with young cabbage for dinner?

You are probably familiar with the ingredients of this slaw—it has undoubtedly appeared in your kitchen more than once. This iconic combination, however, needed a bit of a boost. Not wanting to fall into a culinary routine, I added one more vegetable to the classic slaw with young cabbage, apple, and carrot, which appears all too rarely in our dishes. And I'm talking about leek. I used a piece of the white part, but during the leek season, when its leaves are tender, it's worth using them to add to the slaw.

I often serve this young cabbage slaw with main dishes, such as roasts, meatloaf, or pork chops. It's also often combined with potatoes and fried eggs. This slaw has such a fantastic taste that serving it with anything else seems a sin.

Young cabbage, apple, and leek slaw recipe


  • Half a head of young cabbage
  • Half an apple
  • 1 carrot
  • A piece of the white part of a leek
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1 ounce of sour cream
  • 0.7 ounces of plain yogurt
  • 0.7 ounces of mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Slice the leek into fine half-rings. You can blanch it beforehand, but it will lose its boldness.
  2. Mix the sour cream with the yogurt and mustard. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Finely chop the cabbage and grate the carrot and apple on a coarse grater.
  4. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and add chopped dill. Mix everything thoroughly and set aside in the refrigerator.
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