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Feb 28, 2020

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

This cabbage salad with Braeburn apples and spiced pecans is the perfect winter salad. It's crunchy, spicy, and tossed with an Asian-flavored dressing.

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

This has been my go-to recipe for a salad when I'm serving an Asian flavored main course, particularly with this Korean barbecue flank steak. This salad is also substantial enough for a lunch main course, and because it's a cabbage salad, any leftovers you may have will hold up pretty decently for the next day.

This cabbage salad is one of my favorite make-ahead salad dishes.

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples

Ingredients in this cabbage salad:

  • To make the spiced pecans, you will need butter, pecan halves, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne powder. 
  • For the salad dressing, you will need seasoned rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil. 
  • For the salad, you will need Braeburn apple slices tossed in lemon juice, red cabbage, Napa cabbage, dried cherries, and salt and pepper. 

Cabbage Salad with Apples & Spiced Pecans

How to Make This Cabbage and Apple Salad with Spiced Pecans:

First, toss the pecan halves in a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne powder. Once the pecans are coated in the butter mixture and all toasty, pour them out over a piece of foil and separate them so they don't turn into a clump of pecan candy.

Next, make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in the bowl of a mini food processor (affiliate link). I can't believe how much I use mine.

Finally. toss the apples, lemon juice, cabbages, dried cherries, and the pecans with the salad dressing and serve.

Bowls of Cabbage Salad with Apples & Spiced Pecans

Make ahead tips for this Cabbage Salad with Apples and Spiced Pecans:

  • You can make the spiced pecans in advance. 
  • The dressing can be mixed together and stored in the refrigerator. 
  • You can also chop the cabbage and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Slice and toss the apple slices with the lemon juice on the same day that you are making the salad and store them in the refrigerator. 

What apples can I substitute for Braeburn apples?

Any tart crisp apple works fabulously in this salad. I recently made this salad with Envy apples, which are my new favorite.

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

This salad is tart, sweet, bright, crunchy, and topped with spicy and buttery pecan halves. Add some cheesy garlic bread, and this salad makes an amazing meal.

Cabbage Salad with Sliced tart Apples & Spiced Pecans

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans
Yield: 6 servings
This cabbage salad with Braeburn apples and spiced pecans is the perfect winter salad. It's crunchy, spicy, and tossed with an Asian-flavored dressing.


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 C pecan halves
  • 2 T light brown sugar
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 T seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 medium Braeburn apples, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced (you can also use Envy apples)
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3 C thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 C thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 5 ounces dried cherries
  • Salt and pepper to taste


How to cook Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

  1. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet. Toss in the pecans and stir for about a minute. Add the sugar, Worcestershire, and cayenne, and stir for about another minute. Place the cooked pecans on a large piece of foil to cool. Separate the pecans so that they don't stick together.
  2. Blend the rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon in a bowl or small food processor. Slowly add the oil until fully emulsified.
  3. Mix the apple slices in a large bowl with the lemon juice.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss.
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This is a spiffed up version of a recipe posted originally in 2013, when this blog was brand new. The recipe has not changed, but I've updated photos, added a printable recipe card, and added more information about this tasty salad. This recipe was originally adapted from Epicurious.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Yvonne! Sometimes I have to balance all of the bread =)

  2. BEAUTIFUL salad! I love apples and pecans in salads, but I've never thought to try it with red cabbage.

  3. This looks sooooo good and pictures are amazing!!

  4. Oh, that looks fabulous! I've been craving cabbage a lot lately (does my body not know it's officially spring?) and have been on the lookout for new recipes. This looks like a great take-to-work salad.

    1. Thanks Lynn! I did that, and got several requests for the recipe =)

  5. 2 thoughts: I'm going to throw some chicken in there and call it dinner! and looking at all the reds and purples in it, what if we used some of those red walnuts? Oh my Lord this looks good.

  6. This is a beautiful salad, Karen! I love when we get Braeburn apples at the heritage orchard when we go apple picking each fall.

  7. This salad would be great for Easter!!! It would go so nice with ham!

  8. I always have leftover cabbage that I don't know what to do with! This would be the perfect salad to make with it!

  9. I don't think I've ever seen such a good looking cabbage salad.

  10. I love this salad, not your typical coleslaw

  11. Envy apples are my new favorite apple this year too!

    1. Thanks! I love that they don't turn brown very quickly!

  12. This is a beautiful and colorful salad! I know that this would be a great addition to out summer BBQs!

  13. I love the combination of flavours in this salad and those spiced pecans look and sound to die for!


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