12 Days of Christmas: Crunchy Cabbage Salad

On the fourth day of Christmas, surprise the crowd with a Crunchy Cabbage Salad.  Sometimes you just have to go with me on these things.  My son was forced to take a spoonful of this dish on Thanksgiving (I made it, so I knew it was safe.).  After dinner, he told me that he really liked the salad.  He didn’t say that about the mouth-melting prime rib or homemade hummus.  I had several other compliments about the light, yet tasty, salad throughout the night.

If you need to avoid the almonds, just leave them out.  For sunflower seeds or sesame seeds, you could use flax seed or pumpkin seeds to substitute.  (And, of course, I have no picture of this salad.  The next time I make it, I will be sure to load it on here.  Sorry!)

Crunchy Cabbage Salad


  • 16 ounces cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pounds bacon
  • 2 green onion
  • 1/4 cups almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cups sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2-1 cups Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing


Cook & crumble bacon, if necessary. Toss together shredded cabbage (you could also use broccoli slaw), crumbled bacon, diced green onions, diced cucumbers, slivered almonds, roasted sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.
Drizzle in your favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing or make the recipe below. Only use enough to slightly coat the salad, not drown it.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is the best homemade version of this dressing that I've had. It tastes considerably better when blended, as opposed to just whisking together.


  • 1/4 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoons basil, dried
  • 1/8 teaspoons thyme, dried
  • 1/8 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • 1/2 cups olive oil, extra-virgin


Add all ingredients into blender, except oil, and blend on low until smooth (about 15 seconds). Slowly add olive oil and blend until well combined.
Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a week or two.
Makes about 1 cup of dressing.


1st Day of Christmas: Wassail

2nd Day of Christmas: Prosciutto-Wrapped Heart of Palm

3rd Day of Christmas: Cocktail Meatballs


Now on to a snippet of Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God

Gather ‘Round, Ye Children Come

Gather ’round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of Death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man



So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man


Philippians 2:6-11

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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7 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas: Crunchy Cabbage Salad

  1. Becky Cook says:

    This recipe sounds really good…thinking I am going to get the ingredients for it today at my grocery run and try it out! Thanks for sharing these, Michelle.


    • Cook says:

      Becky, I’d love to know how you liked it. The only issue with salads like that is that they aren’t as good leftover. They’re okay the second day, but after that, not so much.

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  3. turned out tasty!! a perfect crunchy side….

  4. do you want a pic of it? I took one just in case you did….

    • Cook says:

      I’ll let you know. I’m making it today for a family dinner tonight. If I forget to take a picture again :), I’ll let you know. Thanks!

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