This juicy cabbage and carrot salad is very popular in "plato del día" eateries in the Dominican Rep. Our favorite ensalada de repollo y zanahoria is easy to make it at home, and requires only a few ingredients. It's one of my favorite salads to serve with my parrilladas.
Why we ❤️ it
Several readers wrote to us requesting a recipe for this salad, which is surprisingly popular in the Dominican Republic without even having a formal name. You may know it as coleslaw – or one of many slaws out there. But we don't use that name, we just call it by its descriptive name: cabbage and carrot salad (ensalada de repollo y zanahoria).
Very popular as part of the "plato del dia" fare in popular eateries, it is one of my favorite to serve in parrilladas with grilled meats, either as a side dish or as a filling salad.
- The finer the cabbage is shredded (and carrots), the better the texture of the salad. If you don't have a lot of knife skills, my favorite way to get very thin cabbage is with a mandoline (Amazon affiliate link).
- Looking for a lighter, vegan, low-cholesterol cabbage and carrot slaw? Substitute mayo for my own choice of a vinaigrette consisting of a mix of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar, or lime juice), 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon of dijon mustard.
- This carrot and cabbage salad is also gluten free, and if you leave the raisins out it's a keto-friendly salad.
Cabbage and carrot salad.
About this recipe
The recipe for this salad is quite simple, with very few ingredients, so there are not that many ways to make it.
You could, of course, add extra ingredients and spices, but then it will become something else. So if you make this dish differently, I'd love to hear about it. Hit me in the comments.
[Recipe + Video] Cabbage and Carrot Salad
- Mix cabbage, carrot, and raisins in a colander. Pour in boiling water and let it run out of the colander into the sink. This will wash the vegetables, but also wilt them a bit. Let all the water drain and let the vegetables cool to room temperature.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix it with the mayo, season with salt to taste.
- Chill and keep refrigerated until it's time to serve.
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.
I have no idea where and how this salad came to be.
At first, it led me to believe that this was merely an adaptation of coleslaw or other well-known cabbage dishes, although the fact that it contains raisins would suggest it is a Dominican thing (although not universally liked, raisins pop up in several Dominican savory dishes).
And then I find out via Aunt Ilana that adding raisins is also popular in the UK and apparently not unknown in the US, although I hadn't encountered the beraisined version in my travels.
So, who knows how it came here.
This cabbage salad with carrot, raisin and mayonnaise is the best cabbage salad you can find, in my opinion. It retains some of the crispiness of both cabbage and carrot in a savory salad with just a hint of sweet.
It can be both. I like to serve it as a salad next to larger meals, or as a side dish with grilled meats.
Coleslaw has lower carbohydrate, calorie and fat content than potato salad.
Published Feb 10, 2012, revised