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Blend this flu fighter green smoothie anytime you need some extra vitamin C this season. Boosted with citrus fruit and cabbage, it is a winning combo of fruits and veggies that soothe symptoms and give your body a fighting chance against viruses this year.

raw cabbage recipes

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting a lot of cabbage from local farms + produce boxes lately. While I love cabbage, I don’t always think to use it in a smoothie or meal… and then it ends up going bad. Well, not anymore! Check out my list of amazing, healthy cabbage recipes that utilize this leafy veggie in delicious ways. These raw cabbage recipes will have you seeking this fun vegetable out next time you produce shop.

Table of Contents
  1. Cabbage in a Green Smoothie
  2. Healthy Cabbage Recipes
  3. Healthy Cabbage Smoothie Recipe
  4. More smoothies with vegetables
raw cabbage recipes

Cabbage in a Green Smoothie

I’m a HUGE fan of putting leafy greens in smoothies… if you haven’t caught on to that by now. Leafy greens aid in digestion with added fiber, as well as add a great host of nutrients + protein to any recipe.

Cabbage is no different, but its extra amounts of vitamin C and K + antioxidants make it truly unique. I know when most of us think of cabbage recipes (healthy or not), we go straight to sauerkraut or boiled cabbage, yet that’s NOT what I’m going for here (though I am working on a sauerkraut smoothie recipe!). Raw cabbage can be mild in flavor, and comes in 4 different colors… what more can you want in a vegetable?

Being a cruciferous leafy green, cabbage has been linked with being able to reduce inflammation—even chronic inflammation. It’s loaded with antioxidants that help to fight for the good of your body!

Healthy Cabbage Smoothies

Green smoothies are super versatile, and when rotating your greens, cabbage is a great option. Simply swap out whatever leafy green a recipe calls for, and add in cabbage. Since this vegetable is a bit more dense than some, try adding in 1/4 of a head first, then upping the amount if you wish.

Adding Cabbage to Meals

Now that I know adding cabbage to smoothies is super simple, how do I incorporate it into more meals?! Honestly, if a recipe calls for shredded kale or lettuce, swap with cabbage once in a while.

You’ll see in the cabbage recipe round up below that this ingredient is versatile. Use it in place of a tortilla shell, a salad topping, a vegetarian slaw, or to brighten up a veggie bowl. The possibilities are endless!

Healthy Cabbage Recipes

Here are my fav raw cabbage recipes. If you weren’t the biggest cabbage fan before this post, then I dare you to tell me your love for cabbage hasn’t grown since trying out a few of these awesome recipes.

a beautifully plated loaded sweet potato
Loaded Sweet Potato with Kale Slaw
4.9 from 14 votes
Enjoy this Loaded Sweet Potato recipe that is filling and helps balance your blood sugar. It's also packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, potassium and fiber. They provide the perfect base for this delicious kale slaw, which is teeming with nutrients that help stimulate digestion and absorption.
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Vegetarian Ramen recipe
Simple Vegetarian Ramen
4.4 from 111 votes
Ramen, the staple food of college students, moves to the head of the class thanks to a plant-based overhaul. Load up this Simple Vegetarian Ramen with your favorite veggies and enjoy!
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roasted cabbage wedges
Roasted Cabbage Wedges
5 from 5 votes
I grew up on roasted cabbage so it's a staple in my St. Patrick's Day celebrations with my family. Enjoy this simple yet comforting recipe and start a plant based tradition with your family, too!
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Crunchy Vegan Coleslaw
4.7 from 7 votes
I’ve always been a coleslaw lover, but struggled these last few years as I’ve been moving away from mayonnaise and most processed foods. This vegan coleslaw has an amazing crunch and a sweet and creamy bite that tastes even better than traditional coleslaw to me, and it’s perfect for topping any taco.
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cold noodle salad
Cold Noodle Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce
5 from 4 votes
This refreshing cold noodle salad is a great light lunch or yummy side for dinner. Take it to the beach and enjoy at sunset for the ultimate summer night.
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jackfruit tacos
BBQ Jackfruit Tacos
5 from 19 votes
Pulled BBQ jackfruit is a meatless wonder to make all of your Taco Tuesday dreams come true. Jackfruit Tacos only take about a half hour to prepare – perfect for getting dinner on the table in a hurry. 
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pomegranate smoothie recipe
Healthy Pomegranate Smoothie
4.9 from 10 votes
Try this pomegranate smoothie recipe to give your body an immunity boost and some great energy for the busy day ahead. It's loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients like red cabbage, raspberries, pomegranate arils, strawberries, cherries and superfoods to bring you the best flu-fighters in one serving.
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Cabbage smoothie– The recipe below might sound odd, but give it a try! It has helped me many a time when I felt cold symptoms coming on. Plus, it’s just a refreshing smoothie in general.

Healthy cabbage recipes don’t have to be weird or boring. All of these recipes are tasty, nutrient dense, and fun to make!

4.65 from 14 votes

Healthy Cabbage Smoothie

Catch a cold? Try this green smoothie to help nurse yourself back to health! Beets are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system. Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; having a proper balance of these fatty acids is important for brain function and heart health.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup green cabbage
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple frozen
  • cup golden beet peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
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  • Blend the cabbage, water, and orange until smooth.
  • Add the pineapple, beet, lemon juice, and flaxseed oil and blend again.


Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 607mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 466IU, Vitamin C: 181mg, Calcium: 109mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Never thought of using cabbage in a smoothie. Pulling me outside the box again SGS!

    1. Yay Kimberly! So many of us are outside the box on this one, yet the proof is in the pudding….er, uh smoothie!

  2. 5 stars
    I did just a scoop of ground flaxseed in this as I didn’t have flax oil, but my smoothie came out slightly gritty (though still tasted great!). Any good subs for this?

  3. 5 stars
    The cabbage is taking me out of my comfort zone, but if it’s in a Simple Green Smoothies recipe, I have to try it at least once. 😉

  4. 5 stars
    Cabbage in a smoothie? Not my go-to, but I like the challenge and variety of greens I can use. I added a little extra orange to hide the cabbage and beet taste and really enjoyed it.

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! I never thought of adding cabbage to a smoothie. This is a great option when I don’t know what to do with leftovers.

    1. Right?! Now we know what smoothie to blend right after St. Patrick’s day next year! 🙂

  6. Hi, I am looking forward to making this smoothie. Do you have a recommendation for a substitute for the beet? I don’t like beets at all, even in smoothies!

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great list! I get cabbage in my produce box sometimes, and I get stumped with how to use it.

  8. Yes I made this, but might not be advisable if you have cold sores in your mouth

    1. True, Alfreda. Because of the oranges, it might sting and/or just not feel great to drink if you have cold sores. Sorry that happened to you. 🙁

      Give our lemon, ginger & honey drink a try. That should feel better to drink and also help with your cold.

  9. 1 star
    there is a huge difference between protein in say spinach and that in cabbage but you infer they are the same. Doubt that > Google it…

    Doubt you’ll post this on your site >> integrity, transparency is clearly not your strong point when you inflate the protein content of cabbage. Do better!

    1. We never claimed nor inferred that spinach and cabbage have the same protein content; all leafy greens contain some amount of protein, which is what the article says. The protein content of this particular smoothie is stated clearly in the nutrition facts, and that will be different for every smoothie. That’s why we include the nutrition facts with our recipes, for folks who want to keep track of their macros. So sorry this blog post confused you! 🙂

    2. That was in reply to me…as she or he calls himself…Thank you Simple Green Smoothies for the recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! My kids will guzzle it down too, lol! The only question I have is if there’s a good substitute for the flaxseed oil? I haven’t actually put that in because I never buy it, ha!

    1. Hey Allison,

      If you are not a fan of flax seed oil you can totally swap it for coconut oil instead!

      Hope that helps 🙂