Poppyseed Cabbage Salad Recipe

poppyseed salad

As a kid, I hated this salad and was very biased against cabbage. However, now that I am smart and old, I love cabbage in all of its forms. For example, saurkraut, raw in a salad, in egg rolls, and more. This recipe for an easy and delicious Poppyseed Cabbage Salad is a winner with a variety of meals.

poppyseed cabbage salad in a bowl

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Published April 19, 2022
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Why this recipe works

Between the tartness of the craisins and the sweetness of the Poppyseed dressing, this salad is just delicious. The trick to make a great Poppyseed Cabbage Salad is to make it ahead of time and let it then rest in the fridge overnight before serving. The dressing helps soften the cabbage so that it is not so crunchy.

Along with the craisins, the saltiness of the sunflower seeds helps to level up this great side dish. Using a whole cabbage helps to make this dish great, as presliced cabbage can be wilty, slimy and sometimes already browned. Cutting a cabbage is not hard, keep reading for my directions on how to slice yours thinly enough to make this Poppyseed Cabbage Salad amazing.

Cost to make this recipe

2-pounds Cabbage $1.31
Poppyseed Dressing $1.69
Dried Cranberries $1.59
Sunflower Seeds $0.50

The total cost for this recipe was $5.09
We had sunflower seeds at home, so I just included the price of how much it would be if you were to use only a portion of a bag.
Below is a 32-oz Cole Slaw bag of pre shredded cabbage and carrots for $3.79. If you do not have the couple of minutes to slice a cabbage head, this is a good option. Just remember that using a whole cabbage can cost half the price and be so much fresher.

Benefits to eating cranberries

Cranberries are delicious, not just in jelly for on Thanksgiving, but all year long. In addition to their deliciousness, this fruit has amazing benefits to your health. Below is a list of nine amazing benefits to your body when you eat cranberries according to food.ndtv.com, make sure to click the link for more information on cranberries and their benefits to your health.

1. Powerhouse of Antioxidants – more than any other fruit!
2. Prevents UTIs -proanthocyanidins help bacteria to not stick to walls of urinary tract
3. Boosts Brain Power – antioxodant and anti-inflamitory properties improve memory
4. Prevents Cancer – helps slow tumor progression in many varieties
5. Helps with Weight Loss – emulsifying effect on the fats deposited in the body
6. Combats Tooth Decay – proanthocyanidins  once again help prevent tooth and gum decay
7. Nourishes Skin
8. Boosts Immunity – promotes a healthy immune system
9. Heart Healthy – “According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who drink a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice a day have increased levels of HDL cholesterol i.e. good cholesterol by about 10%.”

Poppyseed Cabbage Salad Recipe

Ingredients

1 head of cabbage
Bag of dried cranberries
1 cup sunflower seeds
Poppyseed dressing

ingredients for poppyseed cabbage salad and cutting board and bowl

Directions

1. On a cutting board, cut the head of cabbage in half and then cut out the root and set aside. You may also need to remove the top few layers of leaves if they are dirty.

cabbage for poppyseed salad cut in half

2. Cut each half of cabbage in half or thirds as this helps the cabbage to not be super long pieces but more managable bite-sized pieces.

half of a cabbage head sliced thin on cutting board

3. Place the thin cabbage slices into a bowl.

cabbage shreds in a metal bowl

4. Open the poppyseed dressing container and then pour it into the bowl with the cabbage and stir well with a spatula. You may not need the entire bottle of dressing, at first, add 1/2 of the bottle, stir, and then see if you need to add more.

5. Open the bag of dried cranberries and then add them to the bowl with the cabbage. Typically this recipe uses carrots, however being allergic to raw carrots prevents me from using them in this recipe.

6. Measure and then add sunflower seeds to the bowl with the cabbage. Matthew helped me stir this Poppyseed Cabbage Salad with a spatula. In our cabinet, we already had a bag of sunflower seeds, so there was no reason to buy more.

sunflower seeds roasted and unsalted in a bag

7. Cover the Poppyseed Cabbage Salad and then place it to rest overnight in the fridge. I used my Wolfgang Puck bowl that has a lid that fits so perfectly. These bowls are great for so many recipes!

poppyseed cabbage salad in a bowl with blue spatula

This Poppyseed Cabbage Salad serves great with cheeseburgers, steaks, most grill-out meals and more.

poppyseed cabbage salad on white plate

Recipe for Poppyseed Cabbage Salad

Ingredients for Poppyseed Cabbage Salad

1 head of cabbage
Bag of Craisins
1 cup sunflower seeds
Poppyseed dressing

Directions for Poppyseed Cabbage Salad

1. On a cutting board, cut the head of cabbage in half and then cut out the root and set aside.
2. Cut each half of cabbage in half or thirds as this helps the cabbage to not be super long pieces but more managable bite-sized pieces.
3. Place the thin cabbage slices into a bowl.
4. Open the poppyseed dressing container and then pour it into the bowl with the cabbage and stir well with a spatula. You may not need the entire bottle of dressing, at first, add 1/2 of the bottle, stir, and then see if you need to add more.
5. Open the bag of dried cranberries and then add them to the bowl with the cabbage. Typically this recipe uses carrots, however being allergic to raw carrots prevents me from using them in this recipe.
6. Measure and then add sunflower seeds to the bowl with the cabbage.
7. Cover the Poppyseed Cabbage Salad and then place it to rest overnight in the fridge.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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