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Easy, Green, Organic: Anna Getty's Crunchy Apple Cabbage Slaw

Easy, Green, Organic: Anna Getty's Crunchy Apple Cabbage Slaw

Being German, I have always been a fan of cole slaw and sauer kraut. Last winter I actually purchased a crock pot and gave-it-a-go at making my own fermented sauer kraut. My Russian artist friend was with me when I “harvested” the tangy stringy stuff and exclaimed that it was exactly like his mother’s back home. I was very excited and proud. For those of you who do not have a week or two to wait for sauer kraut to ripen, this is a wonderful fresh, crunchy salad that adds a lot to any variety of meals.

I first tasted a variation of this salad three summers ago in Italy when Marta (the Italian version of Martha), a wonderful holistic cook who sometimes comes to cook for us, made it for a luncheon one day using summer cabbage. I will be honest, until then I was only aware of winter cabbage. I serve this “slaw” as a side salad to just about anything. It’s crispy and fresh and I have to say I am obsessed with it at the moment. 

Anna Getty Cabbage Apple Cole Slaw

For this recipe, I use half of a medium sized cabbage. Finely shred, making sure to remove the outer leaves.

Anna Getty Cabbage Apple Cole Slaw Onions

I use half an onion, and slice it very finely.

Anna Getty Cabbage Apple Cole Slaw Apples

The sweetness of the apples and the tartness of the Apple Cider vinegar balance the taste and texture perfectly. It's a perfect use for those fall apples freshly picked from the orchard! 

Crunchy Apple Cabbage Slaw: 


Serves 6-8

½ medium size green cabbage, large outer leaves removed, finely shredded
½ small red onion, very finely sliced
1 apple, preferably Gala or Fuji, cut into ¼ inch cubes and tossed in a bit of lemon juice (to keep from turning brown)
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


A little more about Anna Getty:

The author of two books, Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic and I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas, Anna Getty also blogs on her own site, PureStyleLiving.com and Mytuscanlife.com, among others. The founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month, a national educational and empowerment campaign for mothers-to-be and their families, Anna also serves on the boards of The Organic CenterHealthy Child Healthy World and Global Green. Anna proudly is a mother of two and spends her time with her family between her organic olive oil farm in Tuscany and Los Angeles.

  • By 956*reyna on Jan 27, 2013 at 10:40am

    Looks great, i am going to try today, Thanks :)

  • By gennop on Oct 05, 2012 at 9:49am

    Sounds wonderful. I'm going to try it real soon. I would like to know how you made Saurkraut in a crock-pot.