7 Genius Ways To Use The Rest Of The Cabbage In The Fridge

These inventive ideas sure beat your standard coleslaw.

March 16, 2016
Photograph courtesy of THE FOOD IN MY BEARD

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been stuck with a half head of cabbage after cooking a recipe that required just a few leaves. You may find yourself standing at the fridge wondering how to use it up, trying to come up with something more creative than your standard coleslaw—or the compost pile. Click through the slideshow for tasty recipes that make good use that lingering wedge.

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irish colcannon
Photograph courtesy of THE PRETTY BEE

Irish Colcannon

Kelly at The Pretty Bee adds cabbage and green onions to mashed potatoes for a classic comfort food straight from the Emerald Isle. It’s simple to pull together, too.

John Kernick

Pierogies With Sauteed Green Cabbage + Onions

These delicious Polish dumplings are filled with mashed potatoes and lightly fried (or sometimes boiled). They’re even better the way we make them, sautéed with onions and cabbage. No need to measure—just toss in whatever you’ve got lingering in the fridge. 

Photograph courtesy of THE FOOD IN MY BEARD

Spicy Herb + Cabbage Calzone

Dan at The Food In My Beard concocted this inventive calzone from all the leftovers in his fridge. You wouldn’t expect cabbage to show up inside a pizza crust, but it’s a surprisingly satisfying combo.

Related: Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

cabbage with bowtie pasta
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Cabbage + Bowties

This easy weeknight dish is a Slovakian classic that blogger Elana at The Inventive Vegetarian remembers eating in her grandmother’s kitchen as a child. The ingredients are inexpensive (especially if you’ve already got some cabbage left over) and quick to throw together. Pair it with sausage or your favorite vegetarian protein to make a complete meal.

veggie stir fry
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Veggie Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are another great way to clean out the produce drawer. We like Molly’s recipe at Clean Food Dirty Girl. She uses cabbage, onion, mushroom, and celery. She suggests serving it as a side or adding to a wrap or taco. 

Related: 4 Indoor Herb Combinations From Around The World

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Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad 

Food and nutrition blogger Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean substitutes iceberg lettuce for more nutrient-rich cabbage in this take on the wedge salad. (You’ll get about five servings from half a head of cabbage.) A creamy yogurt-based blue cheese dressing and crumbled bacon top it off.

cabbage vegetable medley
Photograph courtesy of Prevention

Cabbage, Potato, Carrot Medley

Here, Prevention uses up surplus cabbage by adding it to a side of roasted root veggies. Spices like cumin, cinnamon, and lemon give the dish a Moroccan flair.