These vegan cabbage recipes include everything from stir-fry, coleslaw, and hearty soups that are meat and dairy-free.
With a head of fresh cabbage, you can whip up a delicious side dish or a complete meal in a snap.
Eaten raw or cooked, cabbage is an incredibly versatile and underrated veggie.
The best part of these vegan cabbage recipes is that they impart tender flavors without the need for excess butter or dairy.
Plus, most come together in a matter of minutes.
1. Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage
Southern fried cabbage is the ultimate comfort food because it pairs two irresistible ingredients; butter and bacon!
To make this classic southern side dish vegan, swap out bacon and butter with coconut bacon and olive oil.
The finished product is smoky and delicious, thanks to smoked paprika and cayenne pepper.
2. Cabbage Rice
Cabbage and rice is a simple dish, and fresh ingredients help lift those bright flavors.
It’s the perfect side dish (or a full meal) when cooking ingredients are sparse the day before you restock at the grocery store.
It pairs thinly chopped cabbage with earthy peas, fresh cilantro and green onion, and a touch of lime juice.
3. Vegan Cabbage, Potato, and Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner
This simple sheet pan meal is excellent if you’re on the hunt for a quick weeknight meal that’s filling and vegan.
Opting for different colors of potatoes adds a ton of color to this sheet pan meal, as well as earthy and starchy flavors.
Pair potatoes with thick cuts of cabbage for a meaty chew, and add chickpeas for an infusion of protein.
4. Braised Red Cabbage
I love cooking with red cabbage because it adds bright colors without much effort.
This braised cabbage dish pairs earthy red cabbage with tart apples for a sweet and savory pairing that’s hard to resist.
If you need a side dish that’s healthy, flavorful, and brings a pop of color to dinner, you can’t go wrong with simple braised red cabbage.
5. Vegan Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce
Think you have to give up cabbage rolls if you give up meat and dairy? Think again!
Overall, classic cabbage rolls are vegan except for the ground beef filling.
Swap out ground beef for a vegetable and rice-infused mixture that adds many earthy flavors.
It’s so flavorful that no one will miss the ground beef.
6. Vegan Cabbage Fritters
These vegan cabbage fritters are a great way to sneak in veggies for the vegetable-reluctant in your family.
These fried cakes are composed of finely shredded vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, and flaxseed.
They cook golden brown and go great with a fresh vegan mayo dressing.
7. Easy Cabbage Stir-Fry
It doesn’t get much easier than this cabbage stir-fry recipe.
With only four ingredients, it’s a super simple weeknight dinner that delivers fantastic Asian seasoning without much effort.
It only requires a head of cabbage, garlic, and a drizzle of soy sauce added to the pan.
It’s crunchy, garlicky, salty, and pairs well with freshly steamed white rice.
8. Vegan Cabbage Soup
Nothing tastes as good on a cold winter’s night as a steamy bowl of cabbage soup.
To keep this classic winter dish vegan, omit the meat and pile on the hearty root vegetables.
This dish is incredibly delicious and provides a powerful punch of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
9. Curry Cabbage
Cabbage works great in any curry because it does an excellent job of soaking up all those rich spices.
Jamaican-inspired curry adds more richness with savory spices like thyme and a kick of creaminess from coconut milk.
Pair this simple and healthy recipe with a modest portion of white rice or quinoa.
10. Simply Healthy Slaw
It wouldn’t be a cabbage party without coleslaw!
Unlike creamy coleslaw, which is deceptively high in calories, this colorful vegan alternative delivers bright and punchy spices ripe for a summer BBQ.
It pairs different colored cabbage with carrots, and it comes together in a bright lemon vinaigrette.
11. Vegan Haluski (Cabbage Noodles) with Smoky Tofu
Traditional Slovakia haluski is terrific comfort food. It pairs cabbage, kielbasa, and dumplings (or noodles) in a bright buttery sauce.
Smoky tofu is a great meat replacement because it offers a meaty texture and imparts massive flavors into this simple dish.
Paired with sauerkraut, it offers a double punch of healthy cabbage, making this classic comfort food guilt-free.
12. Mediterranean Vegan Cabbage Soup
It doesn’t get much better than rustic Mediterranean soup. It’s rich and hearty with a touch of brightness from fresh herbs.
It includes roughly chopped root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes that pair perfectly with earthy cabbage.
Adding a half cup of fresh dill is a must. It helps to lift all of those rich flavors for a soup that’s hard to resist.
13. Garlic Roasted Cabbage Steaks
This recipe is a must-try if you are on the hunt for a meaty main course that celebrates fall vegetables.
When roasted to perfection, thick slices of cabbage provide a wonderful texture that’s tender, meaty, and delicious.
Paired with plenty of garlic and a dash of caraway (or fennel) seeds, it offers serious sausage vibes that work great as a main course.
14. Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry with Salt and Pepper Tofu
Chinese takeout is great, but it’s exactly healthy. It’s often fried in heavy oil, burying those fresh veggies in the calorie-dense sauce.
What’s great about this recipe is that it utilizes a light sauce that helps celebrate the fresh veggies’ flavors.
With seasoned tofu, crisp pepper, onion, cabbage, and mushrooms, it’s a light yet flavorful meal that whips together in a flash.
15. Vegan Cabbage, Leek, and Potato Tart
Who says that cabbage can’t also be fancy?
While cabbage might not be the poster child for comfort food, this savory tart takes humble cabbage to new heights.
It marries meaty potatoes, leeks, and chopped cabbage in a rich cheesy sauce made from cashews.
Pile your toppings on flaky pre-made pastry dough, which bakes up golden, cheesy, and delicious.
16. Seared Tofu and Cabbage Bowls with Soy-Ginger Dressing
Tofu and cabbage bowls will soon be your next flavor weeknight meal.
It has a pop of color from shredded red cabbage and carrots that bake on a single sheet pan in the oven.
Seared tofu adds a meaty texture to this simple veggie bake, and it all comes together in a magnificent soy-ginger salad dressing.
17. 3-Ingredient Cabbage Pasta
Is buttered pasta a fan favorite in your family?
This super simple pasta recipe captures the magic of buttered noodles with a secret serving of veggies.
This pasta dish’s simplicity lets the earthy and crunchy cabbage flavor shine through.
It’s seasoned lightly with salt and pepper and makes for the ultimate side dish when running low on time and cooking ingredients!
18. Rainbow Cabbage Salad
I can’t get over the bright colors of this rainbow cabbage salad.
While it looks like something out of a fancy restaurant, it’s easy to whip up at home.
It pairs raw red cabbage with carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and cashews for extra crunch and protein.
Since this dish is raw, take your time delicately chopping all of those ingredients finely.
It looks like a colorful rainbow once mixed with a bright tahini dressing.
19. Cabbage Ramen Noodles
Doctored ramen noodles are one of my favorite things.
Pre-packaged ramen noodles are a thing of beauty but need a little TLC to transform into a stunning meal.
This elevated dinner dish is insanely affordable, easy, and delicious if you can snag a head of cabbage in season.
Pair pre-packed ramen with a hearty serving of cabbage, and elevate the spice packet with sweet chili sauce, lime, and cilantro.
20. Instant Pot Cabbage
It’s Instant Pot time!
This classic southern side dish is the perfect pairing with beans and cornbread and only requires a 5-minute trip in the instant pot.
Lightly seasoned with onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and vegetable stock, it’s hard to resist.
21. Lebanese Cabbage Salad
Don’t get it twisted. Lebanese cabbage salad isn’t your average coleslaw.
It marries fresh cabbage with juicy tomatoes, parsley, and fresh onion, making your average coleslaw seem dull in comparison.
All those ingredients marry together in bright lemon and mint dressing for a side dish ready for summer.
22. Vegan Cabbage Hash Brown
You don’t need potatoes for the perfect hash browns. Instead of using starchy and calorie-dense potatoes, opt for cabbage instead!
These hash browns crisp up golden and delicious with rich flavor from garlic, onion, and coriander.
Serve them with your favorite breakfast food or as a side dish at dinner.
23. Sweet Sesame-Lime Cabbage Salad
Give iceberg lettuce the night off with this sweet and salty cabbage salad.
It infuses fresh cabbage and carrots with cilantro and sesame seeds for a nice crunch.
The best part of this bright summer salad is the tangy and sweet lime dressing with honey, ginger, and garlic.
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