Red Cabbage, Pickled Walnuts and Balsamic Recipe

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Red Cabbage
Total Time2 hours

Make your Christmas extra special with the addition of this red cabbage, pickled walnuts and balsamic - it goes really well with poultry, particularly goose, duck and turkey. It's full of festive flavours like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed spice. It's really Christmassy and although there's some brown sugar in this red cabbage, it's not overpoweringly sweet, it's just got a subtle sweetness to it.

This recipe serves between six to eight people and you can easily make a little more if you're entertaining a crowd. If you're making this for Christmas, then it's best to have a little left over for the following day. Everyone loves Boxing Day leftovers and this recipe will taste even better the following day. This will give enough time for the flavours to really mature. For this reason, you can easily make this recipe the day before, so it's just ready to go whenever you need it.

This red cabbage recipe is vegan which means that everyone can enjoy it and you won't have to make two different sets if you're entertaining someone who is vegan.



  1. Fry the onions gently with the ground spices in a little oil until soft. In a large casserole dish, layer the cabbage with the walnuts, apples, onions and sugar. Pour over the vinegar; add the cinnamon and seasoning.

  2. Cover and cook for 90 minutes on a low heat or in a 130C fan, gas 2 oven. You may need to add a little water to keep it moist.


  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • A pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg and mixed spice
  • Oil
  • 1 chopped red cabbage, around 1kg
  • 4 pickled walnuts, sliced
  • 3 Bramleys, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 150ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cinnamon stick