Ensalada de Repollo con Tomate (Cabbage and Tomato Salad)

by Erica Dinho on May 31, 2012

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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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa May 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Sounds like a BBQ is in order!


2 Claudia May 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Lovely and fresh and will be doing it. (Even have all the ingredients.) Italian serve the salad at the end of the meal.


3 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook May 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

We serve the salads before the meal but I prefer having mine with my meal :) I’d love this cabbage salad, looks so good. I’ll definitely be making this!


4 Nina Munchen June 1, 2012 at 3:34 AM

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.


5 Diana Lopez June 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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. =)


6 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! June 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Cabbage is so good for your stomach…loved the picture of the salad.


7 Marilyn June 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM

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


8 Erica June 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Thank you guys for all your comments!


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