This Cabbage Salad with Apple, Walnuts & Gorgonzola Is the Opposite of Boring


This crisp and fresh cabbage-apple salad features carrots, walnuts and creamy Gorgonzola cheese. Allowing the cabbage to sit before serving helps develop the flavor and soften the cabbage. While any type of cabbage will work well, tender cabbage like napa will need less time to soften, while a sturdier cabbage like red or green cabbage will take a bit longer.

a recipe photo of the Cabbage Salad with Apple, Walnuts & Gorgonzola

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Phoebe Hauser

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
the ingredients to make the Cabbage Salad with Apple, Walnuts & Gorgonzola

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Phoebe Hauser


  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh chives

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chopped cabbage (such as napa, red or green)

  • 1 cup matchstick carrots

  • 1 cup thinly sliced unpeeled Honeycrisp apples

  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)

  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


  1. Whisk chives, oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, pepper and salt together in a large bowl until well combined. Add cabbage, carrots, apples, walnuts and Gorgonzola; toss until well coated. Let stand, uncovered, tossing occasionally, until the cabbage is slightly softened, about 10 minutes for napa cabbage and 20 minutes for red and green cabbage.

    a step in making the Cabbage Salad with Apple, Walnuts & Gorgonzola

    Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Phoebe Hauser


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cabbage good for you?

    As a member of the cruciferous family, cabbage is loaded with nutrients and health benefits. The vitamin C in cabbage offers your immune system a boost. Cabbage’s fiber helps keep things moving through your gut and also acts as a prebiotic, feeding your beneficial bacteria. Cabbage contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which support healthy vision. And its anti-inflammatory compounds help to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

  • Are apples healthy?

    Apples contain powerful antioxidants that can help reduce chronic inflammation in the body. They’re also high in fiber. And while we often equate vitamin C to citrus fruits, one medium apple will give you about 10% of your daily vitamin C dose. All in all, apples have been shown to support heart and brain health, and lower cancer and diabetes risk.

  • Can I swap the Honeycrisp for another variety?

    Absolutely. For this recipe, we would try to find an apple that’s as crisp and juicy as a Honeycrisp. Some good choices would be: Ambrosia, Enterprise, Fuji, Gala, Jazz, Pink Lady and SweeTango.

  • What can I do with leftover cabbage?

    If you have a lot of cabbage left over, you can make cabbage rolls, casserole, soup and so much more. You can also slice, wedge or shred the cabbage and stir-fry, steam or roast it, creating a side dish. Or add shreds to salads or scrambled eggs, rice or ramen noodles. And you can always whip up a coleslaw. Stored properly in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, a tightly wrapped section of cabbage should last about two weeks, but once you shred it, you’re looking at a maximum of a few days.

Additional reporting by Carrie Myers, M.S. and Linda Frahm, April 2024

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
20g Fat
16g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 261µg
Vitamin C 34mg 37%
Vitamin D 0µg
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 56µg
Vitamin K 76µg
Sodium 254mg 11%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 35mg 8%
Potassium 345mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 8%
Vitamin B12 0µg
Omega 3 0g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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