Cabbage Salad with Mint and Garlic

8 Nov

This cabbage salad or what I call Lebanese Cole Slaw, is the traditional accompaniment to Mona’s Mjadara.  If you missed the Mjadara post you should really check it out. You can do it now, I’ll wait.


Back already? Cabbage salad is super simple and very tasty!

When I was taught to make this salad, I was taught to slice the cabbage very thinly by hand. I am not very good at getting it thin enough. Recently though I discovered that I could use a mandoline to shred the cabbage super fine, with little effort. This discovery is a HUGE timesaver!


Once the cabbage is shredded, it is time to make the dressing for the salad.

Mash three cloves of garlic with a mortar and pestle with plenty of salt.


Spoon the mashed garlic into a jar, along with olive oil. Squeeze in lemon juice and then add the dried mint. Put a lid on the jar and shake!


Apply the dressing to only as much cabbage as you will be eating that day. Save the additional dressing and cabbage in fridge for up to two days.


Serve with Mjadara!




Cabbage Salad with Garlic and Mint

1 head of green cabbage

3 cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons of salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1-2 lemons

2 teaspoons of dried mint


  1. Quarter cabbage, shred cabbage very thinly using a mandoline or knife. Put cabbage into a large bowl.
  2. In mortar place 3 cloves of garlic with the salt. Mash garlic until it is a smooth creamy paste.
  3. Spoon garlic into a jar, add  olive oil and squeeze in 1-2 lemons (depending of how juicy they are).
  4. Add dried mint to jar.
  5. Place the lid on the jar and shake.
  6. Pour the dressing onto the cabbage. Using only what you will eat in one day.

8 Responses to “Cabbage Salad with Mint and Garlic”

  1. A Tablespoon of Liz November 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    This looks yummy! I love the different flavors!

  2. Sar November 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    This looks so amazing, Jen! You can eat this as a supplement to so many dishes, especially a lot of indian things I think. 🙂

  3. lorrielorrieb July 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m gonna try this one. I love cabbage dishes but get bored with plain old slaw.


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