Ensalada de Repollo con Tomate (Cabbage and Tomato Salad)

Ensalada de Repollo con Tomate (Cabbage and Tomato Salad)

It is common practice in the United States to serve the salad before the main dish, rather than as a part of the main meal, as we do in Colombia. This Ensalada de Repollo con Tomate is my mom’s recipe and it was a staple in my house growing up. We ate it every day for lunch as a part of our meal with dishes such as Sudados, Pollo Asado, Bistec Encebollado, Arroz con Pollo, and many more.

It is one of my favorite salads and it is simple and easy to make, while refreshing and full of flavor. I prefer to make it at least two hours in advance and keep it in the fridge to allow the flavors to blend. This salad is even better the next day and is perfect for a picnic or backyard barbecue.

Buen provecho!



(About 4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 5 limes
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, cilantro and tomatoes. Toss thoroughly to distribute the ingredients evenly. Add the dressing and mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours to let the flavors develop.
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  1. says

    Hello Erica
    Thanks for the cabbage and tomato salad recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your cabbage and tomato salad photo in foodporn.net?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  2. Diana Lopez says

    Oh my gosh Erica, you just took me back in time when my great aunt used to make this for lunch everyday! A true Colombian lunch is not complete without this salad being served at the table. =)

  3. Marilyn says

    This salad was very fresh and good. We ate it with grilled beef and it was perfect. I love all your Latin recipes.

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