Cabbage Salsa: One of a kind salsa made with shredded angel hair cabbage, green chiles and more. This salsa is outstanding on tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, but where this cabbage salsa really shines is simply served with a big basket of chips.
Fresh Cabbage Salsa Ingredients
angel hair shredded cabbage ( I use store bought in a bag)
diced green chiles
salt, garlic powder, and black pepper
How to Make Cabbage Salsa
In a large bowl, stir together the cabbage, chiles, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator overnight.
How to Make Spicy Cabbage Salsa
This cabbage salsa recipe is a nod to my home town of Visalia Ca. There is a locally owned Mexican Restaurant; El Rosal. I have been to many Mexican Restaurants and this is the only one that serves Cabbage Salsa. I usually order my own bowl! (For me….a good basket of freshly fried chips and a bowl of delicious salsa brings that Mexican Food Restaurant to the top of my list). Whenever I’m in town it is always on my list of places to eat. For those of you who have actually eaten there and know about their cabbage salsa I will warn you that my version is not as hot as theirs. Why? Because I’m a wimp when it comes to hot foods. So, if you want to pump up the heat replace the diced green chiles with diced pickled jalapenos and then you’ll feel the heat you love.
I’m glad to find this recipe. My husband and I lived in Nevada for a year and used to eat a delicious cabbage salsa in Fallon. It was our first experience with this (we’re from Texas) but it was the best of any kind of salsa we ate while living there.
Hahaha that is exactly why I looked for this recipe as well. I loved la fiestas cabbage salsa!!!! And I just moved here to Texas in December hahaha. That’s funny.
Just moved back to Texas from Fallon. Was there for 12 years so cabbage salsa is a definite for me. La Fiesta is still dishing out that delicious cabbage salsa😁
That’s good Chuck. Not many places serve cabbage salsa.
I have never seen a salsa recipe nor a cabbage recipe like this before. I am intrigued and anxious to try it. I only make coleslaw with vinegar and oil dressing and usually add jalapeno so there is nothing in this salsa I wouldn`t like!
Thanks for posting! Visalia is my hometown too and I LOVE El Rosal’s cabbage salsa. I live in Tennessee now, so I will definitely give this recipe a try!
Oh my gosh Joe! That’s awesome!
Yes Joe! I too learned of this salsa from El Rosals!!!! How cool!
El Rosal opened for a short time in my home town of Bakersfield Ca. I am thrilled to find the recipe. I can’t wait to make this TODAY!
Hi Leslie, I didn’t know that….my sister lives in Bakersfield.
I can’t say I miss Bakersfield but I do miss California Mexican restaurants! Denver has a lot of good restaurants but is lacking in great Mexican food and Basque food as well. I need to find some Woolgrowers recipes! Thanks again for the recipe. I’m making this salsa for the 3rd time since I posted above!
WooHoo! Happy to hear it Leslie. I was just there a couple of weeks ago!
Wool Growers Restaurant post there Basque recipes on their website. I live here in Bakersfield.
Thanks Carla for the info!
Hi Sheryl, I am so happy to find this recipe. I love cabbage, I love salsa and I love El Rosal! I’m originally from Hanford, now I live in Maryland and boy do I miss the Mexican food out West. Thanks for posting.
Hi Phyllis! Even the Mexican food in Tucson is different then California. I ALWAYS make sure to visit El Rosal at least once while I’m in Visalia. No one does chips and salsa like they do! I’m glad you found the recipe too!
We have an El Rosal here in MOdesto but they do not put cilantro or green onions in the cabbage salsa and they do put vinegar and a tad of oregano. The El Rosal in Riverbank is heavy on the oregano which is to strong for me so we always go to a specific restaurant in Modesto. We have more than one but prefer one over the others. We also have Damiens. Thanks for the recipe posting! Love the salsa!
The El Rosal in Riverbank has different owners and is completely different then the ones in Visalia, Ca. I hope you love the recipe as much as I do. 🙂
Small world – I just had the cabbage salsa in Fallon,NV and am intrigued with it! Will be trying this recipe soon!
Now if only I had the recipe for El To El Rosal’s red Salsa is be in heaven. I do agree though their Cabbage Salsa is the best
I agree Robert. This one is pretty good. https://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/the-best-and-easiest-salsa/
I don’t know the name of the Mexican restaurant in Ely NV but thats where I had a cabbage salsa and loved it. Looked a few years ago and didn’t find one, this could be it, I can’t wait to try this.
WooHoo TC! I’m glad you found this recipe. ♥
I tried it and WooHoo, so glad I did! It goes great with this Carnita (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork) https://www.recipetineats.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/comment-page-37/#comment-416486. And now I can count this as a vegetable with dinner, lol. I am glad I found it too, thank you!
I am also a wimp when it comes to jalapenos, I think I may have use a hole tablespoon (I may have only used 1/2 Tbsp, its been over a month since I made it last), from the good size one I had and then was able to use the rest of it in the Carnitas recipe. It was all on point. Thinking of serving these two again this evening. Thanks again!
Oh my gosh. My husband and I ate cabbage salsa in Ely and that is why I was looking for a cabbage salsa recipe too. It was so good. We live in NM and had never had salsa like it. Woo hoo going to mKe it soon
Yay Carol! I’m so glad you found this recipe!
I lived in Visalia, CA for 25+ years. I moved to Woodland, CA two years ago with my son who is attending UC Davis. Kyle is an agriculture major and works part time at the student organic farm. A few times a year my son is required to brings ‘snacks’ for the Monday staff meeting. I was thinking that the El Rosal cabbage salsa recipe would be a great choice with chips and other homemade salsas. This morning I googled ‘Cabbage Salsa” and was pleasantly surprised to find your authentic El Rosal recipe. I just made the salsa and it is fabulous. Like you, I use to ask for a bowl of my own every time we ate at El Rosal. Thanks so much for this recipe.
Oh Man Glenna, I LOVED reading your story. It’s a small world huh? I’m so glad you like the recipe!
OMG… so happy to find this… lived in Modesto for years and ate at El Rosel and La Morenita but have moved to England (the land of NO MEXICAN FOOD). Cannot wait to make this.
Hahaha…that’s awesome Dawn. Sorry about “the land of no Mexican food”. 😀
I’m doing a baby shower for my daughter,she wants a taco bar,so gonna try your ideas.Thank you for sharing going to use your recipes for salsas.
Awww….that’s awesome Kay! Here is the link to my Salsa Bar. Whenever I have a Mexican themed dinner party I love adding a salsa bar as the appetizer. ♥
Awesome! I googled for this because I’m from Modesto and love El Rosal’s cabbage salsa and here it is! Now I have bookmarked this site. Thank you!
WooHoo Lisa! I’m so glad you found me! ♥
I’m in Salem, OR and several Mexican restaurants here have the cabbage slaw salsa!! Love this stuff, can’t wait to make this recipe!!
Wow that’s awesome Rebecca!
I made Chile Colorado that tastes just like El Rosal and was looking for a cabbage salsa to go with dinner! So glad to have found this, thank you!
That sounds like a yummy dinner Jen!
so glad i finally found this. i used to live in Merced, Ca and there was a restaurant that had cabbage salsa. i use to order it to go. i believe the restaurant was La Mordanitas (excuse my spelling lol. I live in Oregon now and cant find it anywhere. I am looking forward to making this. Thank you.
WooHoo Roxanna! Glad you found it too!
I’ve been to a lot of Mexican Restaurant and El Rosal is the only place to serve cabbage salsa .l lived in Visalia early 90s when they opened up .it was are favorite and best Mexican Restaurant. I did forget the name until now thank you .but every time I make cabbage salsa I think of that place and good memories. Thanks for this recipe,I’m making now and mentioning El Rosal in Visalia . Good memories down there ??
That’s so cool Chris!
Hi! Visalian here too! Just wondering of you happen to have a copy cat green sauce from el rosal? It was my absolute favorite! I can never seem to get it quite right. Thanks again for posting!
Hi Parris, No I don’t but…..I’ll be visiting there in a few weeks. I’ll make sure to try it and see if I can figure it out.
I can’t tell you my excitement in finding this recipe. I grew up in Visalia in the early 90’s. This was one of my favorite restaurants and I loved the cabbage slaw. Never found it anywhere else and I’ve lived all over the country now. Thank You thank you thank you!!!!
Hi Sally! That’s awesome! I was in Visalia from 1984 to 1998. I wonder if we ever crossed paths? ENJOY!
So happy to find this recipe! Cooking for my brother on dialysis restrictions. Left out the salt. The heat from the jalapeños was perfect. My brother was happy (and the rest of the family). Thanks!
Oh…Sally I’m so happy you like the recipe♥
Hi there , I lived in Visalia for a couple years and El Rosal was where I fell in love with cabbage salsa too. I’ve never had it anywhere else. My hubby is making tacos and this crossed my mind. So happy I found your recipe through google. Thank you for posting.
Yay! That’s awesome Karen!
Wow! Just Googled cabbage salsa as I moved to Arkansas from Visalia 2 yrs ago after living there for 57 yrs! Always asked for my own bowl from El Rosal and here in Arkansas we don’t get great Mexican food! Gonna try this!
That’s so cool Patti!
I had this at the Tequilas restaurant in Glenwood Springs, CO. Absolutely the best thing we had!
That’s cool Wendy!