Spiced Winter Slaw

Winter has come here in Seattle and I’m feeling all the chills! There’s not much more satisfying than warming up with a hearty meal embracing the gems that winter produce has to offer. There’s so much flavor and texture that is often overlooked in winter vegetables, so I’m trying to be more intentional in taking advantage of what this season has to offer. I hope you love this warming, sweet, and spiced winter slaw just as much as I do. It’s inspired by my grandma and great-grandma’s Austrian cooking where cumin and cloves are added into hearty cabbage recipes to give warmth and taste to this winter produce staple.

This dish packs in a ton of fiber to help with feeling full and satiated – which for me personally helps mellow down my sweet cravings that are at its peak during this time of year!

Last but not least, this recipe makes a big pot of Spiced Winter Slaw, which is so nice as these vegetables are some of the least expensive ones when in season, making this a meal that is hearty for the body and light on the wallet. It’s another win-win kind of recipe!

Let me know if you make this recipe and what your thoughts are – I love to see and hear about your creations!

Spiced Winter Slaw

(Makes 5-6 servings, gluten-free, vegan option, vegetarian option, paleo option)


  • 1 large sweet onion (or 2 small), sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small purple cabbage, sliced
  • 1 large carrot (or 2 smaller), grated
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp cloves powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, more as desired
  • Dash of chipotle powder or cayenne pepper, omit if you don’t like spicy foods!

Serving Suggestions (optional, but highly recommend):

  • Your favorite Yogurt
  • Walnuts
  • Your favorite sausages or other protein


Heat a large pot on medium heat and add in the olive oil with the sliced onions and pinch of salt. Mix well and let simmer until the onions become translucent and start to brown on their edges. Add in the spices (cumin, cloves, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotle or cayenne (if using). Mix well and heat for just a few seconds to bloom the spices, this makes them more fragrant. At this point, add in the sliced cabbage, shredded carrots and apple, and incorporate all the ingredients together. Continue heating the mixture without the lid and stir occasionally. Once the mixture starts to wilt down, add the balsamic vinegar, cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer down for about 10 minutes, stirring 1 or 2 times in the process. Taste the mixture and add any more seasonings you like at this time, whether you like it spicier – just add chipotle or cayenne, or if you like more tang – add more balsamic vinegar, etc.

Either serve this Spiced Winter Slaw fresh as it is still warm or let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Serving suggestion: This Spiced Winter Slaw is so delicious topped with plain yogurt (greek yogurt, goat yogurt, etc.) and walnuts for some extra texture and taste. This slaw is also extra hearty when paired with your favorite sausage or other protein on the side. Enjoy!