Pretty much no matter what cabbage recipe you’re making, when you cook with cabbage, you’re going to have some left over.
Perhaps it’s because the smallest head of cabbage is still around 2 pounds (enough cabbage to last all week) or maybe it’s because one 2-pound head of cabbage seems to multiply into what feels like 20 cups of shredded cabbage.
Either way, there always seems to be leftover cabbage.
Lucky for us, cabbage is pretty hearty and can last a while in the fridge.
How to store and prep red cabbage
Store red cabbage in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use, remove any outer leaves that look wilted or scraggly.
When stored properly, raw red cabbage can last up to 1-2 months, but keep in mind, the older it gets, the stronger the flavor and odor will be.
Our 15 best recipes for leftover red cabbage
Red cabbage’s firm texture makes it great for slaws and salads where it won’t wilt under a dressing. It’s also great braised, steamed, stir-fried, stuffed or made into sauerkraut.
Most of these recipes use less than a head of cabbage or can easily be adapted to use whatever amount of cabbage you have.
Hopefully these recipes will give you some inspiration to use up the rest of that head of red cabbage.
- How to store and prep red cabbage
- Our 15 best recipes for leftover red cabbage
- 1. Cauliflower Tacos with Shredded Cabbage and Avocado Crema
- 2. Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl
- 3. Pickled Red Cabbage
- 4. Warm Roasted Red Cabbage and Beet Salad with Chickpeas
- 5. Cauliflower Po'Boy with Cabbage Slaw
- 6. Braised German Red Cabbage
- 7. Simple Red Cabbage Slaw
- 8. Thai Larb Bowl
- 9. Winter Salad with Red Cabbage, Kale and Pomegranate
- 10. Gingery Apple Cabbage Sauerkraut
- 11. Five Spice Chicken and Red Cabbage Stir-Fry
- 12. Spaetzle with Roasted Red Cabbage
- 13. Casarecce pasta with braised cabbage, bacon & caramelized onions
- 14. Red Cabbage Festive Quinoa Salad
- 15. Black Bean Tofu Bowl
Red cabbage is a great garnish for just about any taco.
You know I love me a wholesome nourish bowl. And this one has everything you need for a balanced meal AND it is a great way to use that last little bit of red cabbage.
A delicious tangy take on this crunchy and vibrant veggie.
A stunning salad with roasted red cabbage and roasted beets.
You can use this red cabbage slaw on any sandwich or burger.
A delicious and vibrant side dish. Pair it with some potatoes and sausage for a truly German meal.
A beautiful and simply slaw with a tangy dressing.
Super flavorful and makes for great leftovers.
I love the combination of the red cabbage, kale and little bursts of flavor from the pomegranate.
Sauerkraut is an excellent source of healthy probiotic bacteria and incredibly flavorful!
Red cabbage is great in a stir-fry with tofu or chicken and loads of veggies.
Though making Spaetzle isn't difficult (and it's delicious), you could use another type of pasta in its place if you're not up to making it.
Pasta, cabbage, bacon and onions = a winning combination for sure.
A colorful and balanced salad AND a great way to use up your odds and ends.
A simple nourish bowl with umami black beans, crispy tofu, citrusy cabbage and all the toppings.