This easy sweet and sour slow cooker red cabbage combines red cabbage, onion and apple for a simple, flavorful vegetable side dish that goes with everything. Includes simple swaps to make this whole30, paleo, sugar-free and vegan!
Course Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apples, Crockpot, onions, red cabbage, Slow Cooker
1medium head red cabbagecored and sliced into thin shreds
1small yellow onion, sliced
2sweet tart apples, cored and thinly sliced (such as Honeycrisp)
¼cupred wine vinegar
2tablespoonsbrown sugar (or coconut sugar for paleo & refined sugar-free, omit for whole30)
Optional (to add at the end)
3tablespoonsbutter (traditional or vegan butter for dairy-free and vegan)
To a 6-quart slow cooker, add the cabbage, onion, apple, salt, water, vinegar, and brown sugar, stirring to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, or until the cabbage is very tender. Do not uncover during this time.
Uncover and stir in the butter, if using. Taste and add additional salt, vinegar, or sugar if desired.
Omit the brown sugar for a whole30 and sugar-free option.Use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar for a paleo friendly option.Nutritional information calculated using butter and brown sugar.For more ingredients & substitutions, see blog post above., then cut each stack of leaves into thin strips for this recipe.