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Red Cabbage with Apple & Dates

Red Cabbage with Apple & Dates

I love red cabbage; it’s as much of a joy on the taste-buds as it is on the eyes, and delicious served raw or cooked, hot or cold! It’s the perfect accompaniment to roast duck or served as a simple side dish baked with goat’s cheese, crumbled blue cheese or feta.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 22 mins


  • 2 tbsp olive oil light
  • 1 large red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 eating apples peeled, cored, and chopped ½ inch cubes
  • 1 clove garlic chopped very small
  • 8 dates stones removed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar apple
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • sea salt
  • herbamare
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon (optional)


  • Place a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over a medium heat, add the olive oil and, when warm, sauté the red onions until soft and translucent, stirring regularly. Stir in the garlic and chopped dates then continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low, then add the apple cider vinegar, 100ml of the boiling water, and the chopped apples, followed by the sea salt, (herbamare), black pepper, and cinnamon (if using). Stir well, then cover the pan with the lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage with the remaining 200ml of boiling water, then stir well until everything is combined and well-seasoned.
  • Bring the contents of the pan to a simmer, then cover with the lid and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally before adding in the honey and continue to cook for a further 1 hour and 30 minutes until the liquid has almost reduced. You can keep the cabbage in the fridge or freezes if you need to cook in advance.
  • Check for seasoning and serve.
  • Enjoy!
  • When making this recipe, I’d LOVE to see how you get on so either send me a photo to or post a picture to Instagram using the #myrelationshipwithfood and tag @myrelationshipwithfood


LISA’S TIP – Any leftovers of this dish will taste delicious alongside a wide variety of types of cheese, with cold cuts of meat or with simply cooked fish. If you’ve never used red cabbage before then why not try adding it as a topping next time you make pizza? The combination of the cabbage and melted cheese is a match made in heaven!
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