feta & lime cabbage slaw

If you search by the tag “cabbage” on my blog, you’ll end up with pages of results. What can I say except that I’m enamored with this lowly vegetable. And while I do enjoy braising the dickens out of cabbage, turning it into a tangy slaw is seriously my most favorite thing to do.

This is a super simple recipe and it goes perfectly with spicy food. We ate this alongside some bean and cheese quesadillas and it was the perfect accompaniment. I also happily ate up the leftover slaw the next day for lunch. Originally, I was planning on using a lemon for the dressing, but realized too late that I only had a lime. No worries, because it made a mighty fine substitute and it’s summer tang worked well with the salty feta. So take this slaw to your beach-side picnic or whip up a bowl to eat in front of your computer. It’s versatile like that.

Elsewhere: Looking for a spicy bean dish to serve alongside this slaw? Check out my post over at Poppytalk for a simple black bean recipe. I should mention that I’m going cake crazy! Tomorrow is my birthday and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect birthday cake. My latest post over at ReadyMade is all about my quest for cake. Don’t worry, I’ve narrowed down my choices to 3 and am tempted to make all of them. Crazy? We’ll see. Find out next week!

43 comments to “feta & lime cabbage slaw”

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    heather @ chiknpastry   May 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

    that does look good, easy, and quick! i have become a big fan of slaws over the past few years. sadly (or maybe embarrassingly) my favorite slaw was from kentucky fried chicken…… i think because that’s what i ate growing up. we always made fried chicken and biscuits, but we always bought coleslaw from there. yeah, weird….. i know!

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    Helen   May 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    That does look awesome. I currently have a cabbage glut and am desperately seeking ideas!

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    Stever   May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I’m fully prepared to go into a completely shameless cabbage addiction.

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    vanillasugar   May 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    i am a coleslaw junkie. and now, thanks to you i have a new recipe to munch on all summer. awesome combo.

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    Dana   May 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Aargh! I wish I had seen this yesterday. I was thinking of adding a slaw to my yoga lunch menu but all sounded too gloppy and fussy. This is perfect. No time to get the cabbage though. 🙁 Hope you have a phenomenal birthday and that you enjoy your cake(s). Please let us know what made the cut!

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    Bijoux   May 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    In my opinion, anything with feta tastes instantly better! This is perfect for when you want a satisfying and quick meal but you only have a few items in your fridge. Very resourceful! I hope you have a grrreat birthday week(end) celebration tomorrow and eat cake…lots of it!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)   May 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Oh no…I love feta and can’t have it! I am so in love with raw cabbage too! Seriously, I love the crunch and taste. This sounds like the perfect combination! YUM! Can’t wait to see what cake you make. I know you did the Guinness cake for someone’s birthday last…maybe your husband. I wish I would have made that for my husband before he found our he has celiac disease. Ugh, well…now I am going over to see what you did with black beans!

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    vanessa   May 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

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    Joanne   May 8, 2010 at 3:26 am

    I love that this doesn’t have mayo and DOES have feta! A much better arrangement for slaw, I believe.

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    Dawna   May 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I have all these things in my cupboard/fridge right now!! It’s going to have to wait until tomorrow, though, because I think it would go better with something spicy than the dinner planned for tonight.

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    AMR   May 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Jeannette…and thank you for all the great recipes & inspiration.
    A fellow cabbage lover, A X

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    kickpleat   May 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Heather, feel no shame! I think the kfc slaw was the very first slaw I ever ate as a kid and I loved it too. I’ve since grown out of it, gladly 🙂

    Helen, a cabbage glut isn’t a bad thing to have!

    Hooray, that’s what I love to hear Stever.

    Vanillasugar, me too.

    Dana, I’m not much for gloppy and fussy. This is simple and pure…almost yoga food 😉

    Thanks Bijoux and I agree about the feta. Yum.

    There doesn’t seem to be a feta non-dairy substitute, Sarena, bummer. I did make the guinness cake a couple of years ago & loved it.

    Thanks Vanessa!

    Joanne, feta kicks mayo’s ass.

    Dawna, I hope you do try it out. It’s simple and delicious.

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    thepinkpeppercorn   May 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Cool combo! Love it!

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    hag   May 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Interesting! I am always looking for a good slaw recipe… I wil have to try this one.

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    Meghan   May 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    This is wonderful stuff! There is such beauty in simple recipes. Not only do these recipes taste delicious, but they are healthy and easy to make. Thanks!

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    Ashley   May 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Yum I was just thinking I need to start making slaws again!

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    Amari @ Eat Chic   May 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I am not a huge “slaw” persone per se but this recipe looks like one I might try (espectially since it is not mayonnaise-based)! I could see myself making this to take on a summer picnic when the weather gets warmer! You have such a cute blog!

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    kickpleat   May 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thanks pinkpeppercorn, it’s a good one!

    Hag, a good slaw is a good thing 🙂

    Thanks Megan, I agree. Simplicity and ease and important, but tasty & healthy? Great!

    Ashley, yes, make slaws for summer!

    Amari, it’s nice to have a slaw not mayo-based – I myself prefer this style instead. But the feta adds a nice creamy texture here. Perfect for picnics!

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    redmenace   May 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! Cabbage gets a bad wrap. I love that you love it. It’s always good when I eat it, but that’s not often. Thanks for providing me such a refreshing looking recipe for a slaw. Yum!

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    molly   May 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I can’t decide whether to slap myself upside the head and mutter something about V-8 and why didn’t I think of that??, or run right into the kitchen to whip up a batch. Hmm…. I’m thinking the latter, yes indeedy.

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    Tracy   May 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    It sounds like it has a great deal of zest an zing. Both things I love very much.

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    Liz   May 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I love all kinds of slaw, and I love lime and I love feta, so this might be one of the most exciting slaw recipes I have come across. Hurray!

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    Lynn   May 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I need to add more cabbage into our diet, so I’m loving this recipe. Thanks!

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    Sues   May 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I love cabbage too and this sounds perfectly amazing!! I’ve never combined my loves of cabbage AND feta, but now I might have to!

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    Tanya   May 13, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Jeanette — looks amazing! Can I make it hours ahead of time? Do the flavors get better hanging out together in the fridge?

    Thanks and thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

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    Kris   May 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I just made this tonight for dinner with ginger chicken. I added cilantro and sliced red onion, delish! Great recipe and great site, this is my first visit and I can’t wait to try more!

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    Kristen (wwfoodie)   May 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    This recipe is perfect! I posted a fish taco recipe today that would have its socks rocked off if this were its accompaniment…mmmmmm.mmmmmm.mmmmm! I am a big fan of all the cabbage family veggies…so I love to see them get out to play. Hope you’ll give yours a run with my fish tacos sometime! (:

    Happy Eating!

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    jan   May 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    i love slaw – what an interesting combo! (Hope you had a good birthday week)!

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    bonniebonnielass   May 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

    We are huge slaw fans at our house too. Always love to see new slaw ideas.

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    kickpleat   May 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks redmenace! This is definitely refreshing & perfect to quickly whip up on a summer evening.

    Molly, save yourself the pain & whip yourself up some slaw!

    Me too, Tracy. Zest & zing, my faves 🙂

    Liz, glad I could provide a snippet of slaw excitement.

    Thanks Lynn, more cabbage is always a good thing.

    Sues, they were perfectly together.

    Yes, and yes, Tanya!!

    Kris, that sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed your stay here.

    Kristen, this would be ideal with fish tacos! Yum.

    Thanks Jan, birthday month is awesome 🙂

    Bonniebonnielass, thanks!

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    erika   May 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I can’t pass up a gorgeous head of cabbage either. I’ll have to try this out if the warm weather ever returns…

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    Tiffany Rosenberger   May 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I’m seriously in live with slaw and feta. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Live your website!

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    kickpleat   May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Erika, it will return. My fingers are crossed.

    Tiffany, thanks! This is a great recipe, I’m sure you’ll love it.

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    jumblygiant   October 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

    This was fantastic. I had all of the ingredients on hand and when I had a small cabbage in my CSA today, I remembered this recipe. It was great. thanks!

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    Shannon   July 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    How far in advance could you make this? Does it get runny at all?

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    kickpleat   July 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi Shannon, I like to make this before eating, but I’ve had the leftovers the next day and the texture of the cabbage does change a bit. It’s still good, but I think it’s best the day it’s made.

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    Shannon   July 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for responding on a 3 year old post! 🙂 I’m planning to bring this and the French carrot salad on a picnic Sunday. Can’t wait to try both!

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