Cabbage Patch Kids & Red Cabbage Salad

When I was a child, I hated cabbage.  I thought it smelled horrible and tasted even worse.

And the Cabbage Soup Diet sounded like the most disgusting form of torture known to mankind.

Cabbage Patch Kids, on the other hand, were a different story.


My Cabbage Patch dolls were my very favorite things when I was a kid.  I used to arrange them along the bottom of my bed each night and then cover them with a blanket, so the “bad guys” couldn’t steal them.

In other words, I was just as crazy back then as I am today.

Now that I am a semi-mature adult, I love real cabbage and not just the cute little dolls.  Did you know that red cabbage is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties?  Well, now you do. 🙂

Because being a cabbage lover is new to me, I had no idea what to do with the head of cabbage in my fridge that Michael and I picked up at the farmers market.

And then I was inspired by a recipe for cabbage salad.

Red Cabbage Salad

(Adapted from here)


1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon pure cane sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup carrot (peeled and sliced)
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded

In a bowl, mix the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Place the cabbage, onion, and carrot in a large glass bowl. Pour dressing over cabbage, and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, stirring occasionally. Drain before serving.

This turned out very well…which is a good thing because we have a ton of leftovers!

Are there any vegetables that you hated as child but love today? Aside from cabbage, I hated beets and cucumbers.  Now I cannot get enough of them!

Have a great day, and happy birthday to my beautiful mother!

(PS- I decided to extend my Eco Lips Giveaway one extra day, so you still have time to enter.  The winner will be announced tomorrow!)


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  1. Michelle

    That sounds delicious! I’m also a semi-new cabbage convert – one of the many veggies I hated as a kid but now love (clearly we weren’t helping each other back then!). I have a great recipe (one of my absolute favorites for summer) that uses both Napa cabbage and red. If you like a little bit of an Asian flavor, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I make it every change I get 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  2. Yum! I LOVE red cabbage. When we don’t have it, my salads don’t taste the same. The recipe looks delicious, Erin!

    And I was a huge cabbage patch doll fan too. My parents saved one that looks just like me! It was my favorite, obviously 😉

  3. I used to HATE brussel sprouts. My Mom would force me to eat them and I would seriously gag as I tried. Now, I LOVE them and can seriously fill my plate. 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      I used to hate brussel sprouts too and just ate a whole plate full of them tonight! 🙂

  4. I grew up on a farm so loved veggies growing up. I hated when my mom would open canned veggies from the store and served them – are peas suppose to look greenish-brown – YUCK. My family’s hertiage is German and Norweigen (sp) – so ate a lot of Cabbage growing up – white, red with vinegar & my favorite sauerkraut – loved homemade kraut and my mom’s pickled beets and homemade coleslaw – YUM! Still not a fan of Lima Beans or Brussell Sprouts but will eat if combined in a dish. Have a Great Weekend – Take Care!

    • thegrassskirt

      How cool that you grew up on a farm! I have a major fascination with them. I want a pet cow. 🙂

      • What would you name your pet cow? We had four pigs at a time on the farm and one was always called Lulu. There were sheep and chickens too. My favorite part of the farm was the 4 fruit and veggie gardens.

  5. That looks so yummy! I love the crispness of cabbage… even if it’s supposed to make you gassy 😉

    • thegrassskirt

      Haha! Yes- I should probably put a warning on this recipe. 😉

  6. I loved Cabbage Patch dolls-or any dolls really but that is not the point I guess! I don’t recall hating any vegetables but I’m not sure how many my Mom ever tried to feed me? I was always a corn and potatoes girl! Carbs of course but I loved salads! I think I didn’t like broccoli and it’s one of my favorites now!


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