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Cabbage, avocado, lemon and salt are all you need for this recipe.

Recipe: Chilean Cabbage with Avocado Slaw

During lock down, recipes with fewer ingredients–like this one for Chilean Cabbage with Avocado Slaw–are most welcome. Four ingredients will score you a delicious, savory way to consume the multitudes of cabbage coming in from the garden in late winter or early spring. 

The recipe comes together quickly once you sweat the cabbage in salt for an hour. But since we’re home a lot these days, an hour is no sweat. Plan ahead to make this one for dinner.

Chilean Cabbage slaw ingredients
Purple Savoy Cabbage (or any type), avocado, lemon and salt are all you need for this recipe.


  • ½ large cabbage, cored and finely shredded (about 1 pound cabbage, which produces 5 cups shredded cabbage)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 1 large or 1 1/2 medium-size ripe avocados
  • Freshly ground pepper (optional)


First, grate or finely chop the cabbage. Place it in a colander and liberally sprinkle with salt. Massage the salt into the cabbage and let it sit for an hour to release liquid and soften.

Shredded cabbage with salt
Salt forces water out of the cabbage. You can rinse the salt off afterward to taste.

While you’re waiting, prepare your other ingredients:

Mash the avocado and squeeze your lemon juice. Now you’re ready to assemble the dish.

When the hour has passed, taste the cabbage and rinse off some of the salt if it’s too salty (it probably will be). Then squeeze out all the excess liquid over the sink. Pour the drained cabbage into a bowl.

Next, Add Lemon Juice

Lemon juice
Add half the lemon juice at first, then taste and add more if needed.

Depending on your love of lemon, start with half the amount, then add to taste. We like the full amount, but less gives you a more balanced flavor.

Then add the mashed avocado and mix it all together. Taste and add more salt if it needs it (probably won’t). That’s it! Your Chilean Cabbage Avocado Slaw is ready to serve.

Chilean Cabbage slaw finished
The finished slaw is a great side dish or mid-afternoon snack.

Because the recipe uses lemon, the cabbage stays bright in the fridge for several days. Yay for leftovers!

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