Grandma's Creamy Cabbage & Cucumber Salad Recipe: Can It Help Fight Inflammation? by Donna John

Grandma's Creamy Cabbage & Cucumber Salad Recipe: Can It Help Fight Inflammation?

My grandma made cucumber salad all the time. The old-fashioned recipe was found on many tables back in the day, and from the popularity of our cucumber salad recipes, today as well. This crisp salad not only has cucumbers, but crunchy cabbage and green onions, too. The vegetables are dressed with a simple mixture of mayonnaise, yogurt and a little turmeric.

Turmeric is known for helping reduce inflammation and has many other health benefits, including lowering your risk of heart disease, preventing cancer and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Cabbage is not lacking in the health benefits department either. Cabbage is loaded with nutrients and vitamins, may also help with inflammation and your heart, as well as blood pressure and digestion.

This easy cold salad is made by combining sliced cucumber, shredded cabbage and chopped green onions. The mayonnaise and yogurt are gently folded in (don't squeeze the water out of the vegetables or the salad could get watery) along with the ground turmeric. Cover and chill the salad until ready to serve.

The salad gets better the longer it sits, so try to make it ahead of time if you can. You could leave out the turmeric and the salad would still be delicious – but your body might not appreciate it (remember the health benefit!). Serve this cucumber cabbage salad as a side dish for chicken, pork or beef for dinner or as a light lunch.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 English cucumber or large regular cucumber, sliced
  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cut the cucumber, cabbage and green onions into a large bowl. 
  2. Fold in the mayonnaise, yogurt and turmeric. Season well with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

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