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Malfouf Salad (Lebanese Cabbage Salad)

Malfouf Salad
  • Prep Time
    10 mins.
  • Serving
    4
This Lebanese Cabbage Salad, known as Malfouf salad is incredibly easy to make, and so delicious. It is loaded with fresh and vibrant flavors like mint, and lemon juice.
Malfouf Salad

With summer around the corner, I knew I had to finally share this incredibly simple Lebanese cabbage salad. The word cabbage is “malfouf” in Arabic, so this salad is typically known as salatet malfouf. This salad is vibrant, making it perfect for the summertime along-side all your grilled favorites.

How to Make Malfouf Salad

To make this salad, you want to thinly slice green cabbage. You can use purple cabbage if you like, but traditionally it is made with green cabbage. You want the cabbage the same thinness as any typical coleslaw. My favorite hack for this salad is to actually buy a bag of the shredded cabbage! You can even use the bags that say “coleslaw” on them that have a variety of green, and purple cabbage along with thinly sliced carrots. (Just don’t tell my mom!)

Some people like to add thinly sliced tomato to this salad as well, but it is optional. Since it is the summertime and I have an abundance of fresh mint in my garden, I added a ¼ cup of thinly sliced fresh mint. If you do not have fresh mint, dried mint works wonderfully.

The dressing for this salad is very similar to all Lebanese salads, and is simply made from lemon juice, salt, and olive oil.

Sayadieh & Cabbage Salad

What to Serve Lebanese Cabbage Salad With

The most often times you will find this salad served is alongside Baked Kibbeh and Sayadieh. It is also delicious with any grilled meats like Kafta or Shish Tawook. However, feel free to serve this salad however you would like!

Since cabbage does wilt pretty quickly, this salad tastes best served the same day.

STEP 1

Thinly slice about a half a head of cabbage. You can also use a pre-shredded bag of cabbage.

*If using tomato, thinly slice the tomato to a similar size to the cabbage.

Malfouf Salad

STEP 2

Wash and pack your mint leaves together tightly and thinly slice. Add to the cabbage.

Malfouf Salad

STEP 3

Add the lemon juice, salt and olive oil and toss together.

Malfouf Salad

Serve immediately.

Malfouf Salad

Malfouf Salad (Lebanese Cabbage Salad)

This Lebanese Cabbage Salad, known as Malfouf salad is incredibly easy to make, and so delicious. It is loaded with fresh and vibrant flavors like mint, and lemon juice.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Lebanese
Keyword: Cabbage Salad Recipe, Lebanese Cabbage Salad, Malfouf Salad, Salatet Malfouf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Iman

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. Bag of Pre-Shredded cabbage (or 6 cups of freshly shredded)
  • 1 Tomato (Thinly Sliced) Optional
  • ¼ cup Mint (or 1 tb. dried mint)
  • cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon (Juiced)
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Instructions

  • Thinly slice about a half a head of cabbage. You can alsouse a pre-shredded bag of cabbage.
     *If using tomato, thinly slice the tomato to asimilar size to the cabbage
  • Wash and pack your mint leaves together tightly and thinlyslice. Add to the cabbage.
  • Add the salt, lemon juice and olive oil and toss together. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

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    • Liz

      5 stars
      Hi Iman,
      Great recipe. Fresh and simple and so good! I made this for lunch today white fish and tahini sauce. It was a perfect meal. I think this is my favorite way to eat fresh cabbage. I’m not a big fan of mayo – too heavy. Thanks for introducing me to Malfouf. I can’t wait to try your other recipes.
      Best, Liz

      • Iman

        Such an easy refreshing salad, thank you!

    • Christina

      5 stars
      Simple and delicious 😋
      Best regards from Jordan 🇯🇴

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