Warm Red Cabbage Slaw with Apple and Caraway Seed

Warm Red Cabbage Slaw with Caraway Seeds

Have you ever purchased a specific dried herb or spice for one recipe and then let the bottle sit on your spice rack or in the back of your pantry untouched for months, or even years?  Do you have herbs or spices in your cabinet that you’ve never even used?  I bet you do; I used to as well.

About five years ago, I decided to do something about it.  First, I cleaned out my spice cabinet and got rid of all the really old stuff.  It was amazing how many spice bottles I had that were probably passed down to me from my mom and grandmother when I first moved out on my own.  I bet most of the spices were outdated before they even came into my possession.

Once I had my cabinet cleaned out, I only replaced what I used on a regular basis and decided I would buy others as I learned more about them.  I started reading more about spices and even bought a fantastic book called Herbs and Spices: The Cook’s Reference.

The more I read about herbs and spices, the more I wanted to experiment with new flavors.  When I purchased something new, I made sure to learn as much as I could – what cuisines favored that particular herb or spice, which flavors combined well with it, etc.  Eventually, I had a full spice cabinet again, but the bottles no longer sat untouched.  Now I love to experiment with new flavors and I don’t worry about buying something new for one particular recipe – I know that I’ll find a way to use it again and again.

This Warm Red Cabbage Slaw recipe is a perfect example of how my cooking has changed since I decided to take control of my spice cabinet.  I purchased a bottle of McCormick Gourmet Caraway Seed for bagels I made for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge last year.  I had never used caraway seed and I really didn’t think I would even like it much.  The old Nicole probably would have put the caraway seed away after the bagels were made and never touched it again, but I fell in love with the flavor on my “everything” bagels and decided to learn how to use it in other ways.  It’s wonderful in this salad!

Warm Red Cabbage Slaw with Apple and Caraway Seed

3 tablespoons oil, divided (any neutral-flavored oil will do)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 head medium red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1 small apple, peeled and shredded (about 1 cup)
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon Caraway Seed, lightly crushed (I used McCormick Gourmet Caraway Seed)

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, brown sugar, mustard and 2 tablespoons of oil. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat pan.  Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add cabbage and apple and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until cabbage is slightly wilted and crisp-tender.  Remove from heat and stir in dressing, a generous pinch of salt, and crushed caraway seed.

Serves 4.

If you’re looking to clean out your own spice cabinet, and aren’t sure whether something is too old to keep, check out the handy McCormick Life of Spice guide where you can learn about the shelf life of herbs, spices, and extracts and even check the age of your own McCormick Gourmet spices are by entering the codes from the bottom of your bottles.

As mentioned previously, I have been chosen by McCormick to participate in the McCormick Real Gourmets program. I have been paid by them and I received a box full of McCormick Gourmet spices (that box was so much fun to open!), which are now scattered throughout my kitchen and living room since my spice cabinet is already bulging! I have been using McCormick Gourmet spices for years, and am thrilled for the opportunity to explore new ways to use these wonderful spices.

Do you have any untouched bottles of herbs or spices in your cabinet that you’d like to learn how to use?  Try using Food Blog Search to look for recipes containing that ingredient and see if you can find something that appeals to you.  The more you cook, the more you’ll learn!

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  1. Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes

    this is exactly what I’m craving right now! I love slaws, and caraway is something that I have developed an affinity for the last while…I loved reading about your “spice journey”…and I certainly relate! Up until a few years back I just used the “basics”…but the last year or so I’ve jumped feet first into coriander, cumin, cardamom, fennel, caraway, different kinds of peppers,Chinese five spice power etc. Also am loving experimenting with whole spices…(and toasting them!) Love it.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

    1:02 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  2. Chef Lisa

    I love rye bread, but had this very issue with caraway, because I don’t make rye very often. A friend suggested putting it in cottage cheese, and I found it to be AWESOME! And then I don’t need to add as much salt, either.

    I avoid spice cabinets, though. If the spices are right next to the stove, I use them more. Out of sight, out of mind…

    1:26 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
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  4. Katryn@RampantCuisine

    The color of that dish is BEAUTIFUL! I’m not sure what caraway tastes like but I’m excited to find out now!

    2:32 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  5. Michelle

    What a great idea. I’m going to take your advice and start looking for ways to use those spices that I only purchased for one dish! Love the color of the cabbage dish!

    3:07 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  6. Georgia Pellegrini

    Wow, it looks like all your research really paid off! Your slaw looks beautiful and vibrant! I love caraway seeds, what a great way to make use of them!

    4:23 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  7. louise

    i know what you mean about the spice cabinet, i just found green curry… love the color of the cabbage- spectacular!
    chef louise

    5:58 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  8. Kalynskitchen

    That salad is so pretty! I am still using that book, after you recommended it and I bought it in 2007!

    7:51 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  9. Emily

    I was just wondering what to do with the humongous red cabbage that came in my CSA box! Thank you for an interesting recipe.

    8:06 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  10. Talar

    Caraway is one of my most favorite flavors! And honestly, I love all the ingredients in this recipe — who doesn’t love red cabbage, apples, and caraway, much less all in one dish??! I will definitely be trying this soon, looks wonderful

    8:21 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  11. emiglia

    Sounds like a good plan… my spice cupboard could use a cleaning too. I used to buy dillweed because my mother told me it was very useful… never used it. My herb of choice to let languish is tarragon: I love it, but I never use it. Good luck to you in discovering and learning more about different herbs and spices this year! I hope to learn along with you…

    3:22 am  Jan 11th, 2011
  12. Lisa@Smart Food & Fit

    I love the combination of red cabbage and apples, but I will have to try it with caraway seeds. I will make this soon, it has all clean wholesome ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

    5:57 am  Jan 11th, 2011
  13. xina

    I love the visual appearance of this recipe.
    thank you for your wonderful blogs.

    9:09 am  Jan 11th, 2011
  14. Phil

    Beautiful! I like the idea about searching for how old your spices are. That’s super-handy! Well done. 🙂 Great post.

    10:05 am  Jan 11th, 2011
  15. Val from PA

    I bought my first bottle of caraway seeds this past summer – for a spicy coleslaw recipe that was just out of this world!! Here’s the link in case you want to try it – http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/crunchy-coleslaw-with-cayenne-and-toasted-caraway-seeds

    I’ve been eying those caraway seeds since, and now I know just how to use them! I love warm cabbage slaws and your recipe looks amazing!

    11:48 am  Jan 11th, 2011
  16. Erin

    Oh! This looks delightful! Definitely going to try this one….

    12:52 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  17. Erin

    The Life of Spice links is so helpful! Thanks! I was just wondering about some things in my cabinet!

    12:53 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  18. Foodelf

    I have a favourite recipe which calls for a little caraway in the tart pastry and I was amazed at how well it went with the asparagus filling.

    This warm slaw looks lovely.

    1:38 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  19. Sam at Broke and Chic

    This looks really yummy. You can also use Caraway seed with white cabbage…sauté the cabbage and add the caraway. It’s so good. I like the apple in here.

    2:21 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  20. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Thanks for the spice links- they’re very useful! This slaw looks so colorful and delicious- We’re trying to eat more veggies and this is perfect. 🙂

    7:30 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  21. Celeste P

    I love my McCormick Cinnimon Grinder :0) And I wish whole nutmeg was easier to find!

    8:04 pm  Jan 11th, 2011
  22. norts

    Looks delicious… I’m looking forward to trying this!

    During the fall and winter months we seem to go through a lot of caraway. Caraway sautéed with onions, apples and homemade sauerkraut puts me in a happy place. 🙂 Goulash Soup (Gulyassuppe) topped with a little sour cream is another favorite.


    9:10 am  Jan 12th, 2011
  23. Maggie @ Crumb bum

    Having discovered that my local market carried spice in bulk, I have recently started experimenting with new spices. I buy them a little at a time, slowly building a new understanding of each spice. Caraway is one I have yet to try. But, I am a huge fan of purple cabbage! Consider a small bit of caraway in my basket next time I walk to the market.

    5:24 pm  Jan 12th, 2011
  24. Trish

    Cabbage and apples are a match made in heaven. Love the caraway seed addition. Looks delish!

    10:41 pm  Jan 12th, 2011
  25. Amy

    Love the color of the cabbage in this photo and the use of caraway. Yum!

    4:17 am  Jan 13th, 2011
  26. LauraJayne

    I love food that is so pretty to look at – and it sounds delicious too!

    10:34 am  Jan 14th, 2011
  27. Cynthia

    Yummy – warm cabbage with vinegar, perfect on a cold day. And beautiful. I’ll have to buy some caraway tomorrow. Thanks!

    10:15 pm  Jan 15th, 2011
  28. Malea

    I love cabbage. I love caraway. I just threw this together tonight with a half a head of left-over green cabbage. Yum! You can’t beat the look of the red cabbage, though! So pretty. Thanks for the nudge towards clearing out the dead spices – that’s been on my list for such a long time!

    5:47 pm  Jan 20th, 2011
  29. Vik

    Beautiful. Looks rather yummy.

    3:38 pm  Jan 22nd, 2011
  30. viola

    This looks delicious and I’m going to try it this week. Last week I needed some rosemary but did not want to buy a jar at $3.98, so I went to HEB and bought about 3 tsb for $.33 . Maybe you could also try the loose spice section at Whole Foods for a spice you do not use often.

    3:08 pm  Jan 29th, 2011
  31. viola

    This looks delicious and I’m going to try it this week. Last week I needed some rosemary but did not want to buy a jar at $3.98, so I went to HEB and bought about 3 tbs for $.33 . Maybe you could also try the loose spice section at Whole Foods for a spice you do not use often.

    3:22 pm  Jan 29th, 2011
  32. Adam

    This dish looks beautiful. Caraway seed would go nicely with cabbage and the red cabbage is gorgeous!

    12:40 pm  Feb 3rd, 2011
  33. Laurence

    This recipe looks delicious! I think I might try it myself. I’m trying to learn about how to cook with herbs and spices a lot more because I know they have tons of health benefits. As I was growing up, my mother did not do too much healthy cooking and as a result I was overweight. I think it’s really great what you’re doing with your blog here. You’re encouraging people to eat healthy by teaching them how to cook healthy! The problem in this country is that most people are too lazy to cook. Those that do cook often cook with unhealthy ingredients. That’s not the case with this recipe! This warm red cabbage slaw ( I like that name by the way) is high in fiber which is great for digestion and regulating blood sugar levels. I’m trying to learn how to cook so I think I’m going to subscribe to your blog 🙂 Healthy eating is important, and to eat healthy, knowing how to cook healthy is important! I wrote an article on my health blog with some tips for cooking healthier meals that people might be interested http://nutritionisthesolution.com/5-tips-for-cooking-healthier-meals tell me if you like it 🙂 Anyway, nice recipe!

    6:57 pm  Feb 8th, 2011
  34. shewolfinthevalley

    Great blog – lovely recipe, and a timely reminder for me to clear out my dry foods cupboard (not just the jars and jars of spices) to see what should be thrown, used soon, or still kept in store. I have a feeling there are a few jars of pilchards in the cupboard which my boyfriend’s previous girlfriend must have bought, and if I haven’t used them in 3 years, I doubt they’re going to be used.

    2:02 pm  Jan 7th, 2012
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  36. Pille @ Nami-Nami

    Thank you for linking to one of my recipes, Nicole (and sorry for such a late reply).
    Caraway is a pretty common spice here in Estonia – I include it in my rye bread, in sautéed sauerkraut, sprinkle on roasted beets, even make a sweet teabread with it ( recipe here: http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2009/12/caraway-teacake.html ). A very versatile spice, once you learn to love it 🙂

    8:39 am  Dec 28th, 2012
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