Festive Mexican Cabbage Salad

Prep: 20 mins / Cook: 0 mins / Total: 20 mins / Servings: 16

IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 small (159g)  orange28006006
2 each (133.33g)  fresh limes40.26.9414.123.8010.32
1 medium (110g)  red onion440110208
1 4-inch (282g)  pomegranate2343.34.752.711.3041.4
1 small bunch (100g)  cilantro, washed and dried23.532.173.742.900.84
1 medium head (839g)  red cabbage2601126218044
2 cups (480g)  Mexican crema (or sour cream)533.3353.33013.330013.33
1 lb (454g)  queso fresco, crumbled (or goats' cheese)1595.12125.6101.8413.60013.6
1/2 cup (114g)  dried salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)592.547.837.415.264.46010.8
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
Per Serving:209.3714.49g10g11.92g2.65g0g9.27g *


  1. Note: These first steps pickling the onion is best done the day before, but it’s fine if done fresh.
  2. Zest the orange and chop about 1 tsp of orange zest. Add this to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Juice the orange, as well as the limes. Add to the orange zest.
  4. Peel and very thinly slice the red onion. Add the red onion to the citrus bowl. Add some salt and pepper. Mix the onions in the citrus juice and seasoning, to evenly coat the onion strands. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator. Every once in a while, mix the onions. The idea is to macerate and pickle the onions. The more they’re tossed and exposed to the juices, the better.
  5. Cut the pomegranate in half and pick out the individual seed gems. Set aside.
  6. Wash, dry and remove the large stems from the cilantro. Some of the fine stems are fine, but we’re largely looking for the lovely leaves. Set aside.
  7. Slice/shred the red cabbage into very thin slices. Place this into a large bowl.
  8. Add about half of the cilantro to the large bowl.
  9. Add the pickled onions to the large bowl, juices and all. Add a bit more salt and pepper, then toss the cabbage with the seasonings and onions.
  10. From here, you can either divide the cabbage across several plates or bowls, then garnish each individual bowl, or you can garnish the large bowl and place in the center of a holiday table. Either way, the garnish is the same.
  11. Top with crema, then fresh crumbled cheese. Sprinkle the pepitas over the top, then the remaining cilantro. Finally, sprinkle the pomegranates over the top. Serve!
  12. Final Note: Some may want to make this in advance. This is a beautiful salad when assembled fresh, but the purple and red colors are very strong and will bleed into the crema within a few minutes, especially if the crema is mixed in with the cabbage. It would be better to prepare the ingredients, in advance, but keep the stored separately. Assemble the actual salad at the last minute for optimal visual POW.
  13. Enjoy!