Traditional Cabbage Salad with Ham

Sometimes coleslaw with its typical sugary, mayonnaise-based dressing can seem like a bit much. I recently came a hundred-year-old dressing for Cabbage Salad with Ham that calls for simply dressing it with warm vinegar. The simplicity of the dressing really brings out the flavor of this salad.

Here is the original recipe:

cabbage salad with ham in bowl
Source: The Old Reliable Farm and Home Cook Book (1919)

And, here is the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Cabbage Salad with Ham

  • Servings: 4 - 5 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 quart (4 cups) cabbage, grated (about 1 medium cabbage)

1 medium onion, finely minced

1/4 cup ham, diced

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine grated cabbage and minced onion in a bowl. Set aside

Sauté diced ham in a skillet using medium heat until lightly browned. Stir in vinegar, salt, and pepper; heat until hot. Pour heated vinegar over cabbage and onion; stir to combine. Serve.

25 thoughts on “Traditional Cabbage Salad with Ham

  1. I much prefer the no-mayo cabbage salad, which is what the folks along the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania used to call it–never “cole slaw.” I think they often added a bit of sugar as well, to give it a sweet-and-sour sensibility. Cole slaw was usually made with a boiled dressing, rather than just mayo and seasonings. I do love these old recipes, Sheryl!

    1. It nice to hear that you enjoy these recipes. Your comment brought back memories of how my mother often had a jar of homemade boiled dressing in the refrigerator. It was almost a staple when I was going up.

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