Last Updated on 10 months by Tim
I’ve already introduced you to German cabbage salad with cream. And as delicious as this salad is, there’s another equally delicious way to prepare German cabbage salad. Whenever you pour hot beef broth over a vegetable, it will make it incredibly more delicious. This statement is very true for this cabbage salad with broth.
The practice of using broth as a vinaigrette for salads is widespread in the Southern parts of Germany, whereas the people from the North seem to have a preference for mayonnaise or cream-based dressings. So today, I’m going to introduce you to the cabbage salad the way my family has made it for decades. It’s light, tangy, and has an incredible depth of flavor from the broth.
The ingredients that go into my cabbage salad with broth
Looking at the ingredient list, you might notice that I used shallots instead of regular onions. Of course, it would be fine to just go with regular onions if you can’t source any shallots. However, shallots are sweeter and more delicate in flavor. I highly recommend you to use them if possible as real onions have a very sharp taste that can easily overpower more delicate flavors.
As in my other cabbage salad recipe I use pointed cabbage instead of regular white cabbage. Pointed cabbage has a sweeter aroma and more delicate leaves than white cabbage. You can substitute regular white cabbage if you can’t source pointed cabbage. Make sure to prepare some more vinaigrette then, as regular white cabbage is considerably bigger than pointed cabbage. The steps of salting and then pouring the hot broth over the cabbage help to soften the tough leaves.
Cabbage salad with broth is a great salad to prepare ahead of time because its taste will improve the longer it sits. It pairs perfectly with grilled meat but can also be used as a side dish for goulash or pork pot roast.