Cabbage Salsa

Do you like your salsa to have a little extra crunch? Then a cabbage salsa is perfect for you. It takes what’s so good about homemade coleslaw and combines it with the heat and tang of spicy salsas. This is a great option as a barbecue side, and it’s a terrific alternative to fries with a burger.

Cabbage Salsa
Cabbage salsa, delicious with BBQ or as an alternative to fries with burgers

The heat comes from mainly from jalapeño peppers, with a small kick from pepperoncini peppers. The pepperoncini supply more of the mildly spicy tang that’s so good about this salsa.

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Cabbage Salsa

Cabbage Salsa

A delicious side for steaks and burgers both
4.38 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 60 kcal


  • 1/2 cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 3 pickled pepperoncini peppers diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste in the dressing


  • Mix the cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, onion, and cilantro in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the garlic, vinegar, vegetable oil, and sugar and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the chopped vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving for the best flavor.


If there is no pickled pepperoncini available, you can opt for another pickled pepper or swap out an additional jalapeño pepper. With the latter, you’ll gain in spice, but lose in tang.


Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 306mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 971IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper, Pepperoncini
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 17, 2024 to include new content.
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