It seems like I haven’t made dinner inside my house for months.

Every day, we’re firing up the grill. I’m throwing pork steaks on it, lots of chorizo brats, a few different cuts of beef. But also, the vegetables! Our CSA box has been looking strong these past couple of weeks, and on Monday, the red cabbage fell victim to my need for grill marks on all the things.

Grilled Red Cabbage with Mustard Sauce | Things I Made TodayPerhaps my obsession with grilling comes from the fact that I quickly prep it all, pour myself a glass of wine, and then proceed to sit on our patio furniture while Jason does all the work. It’s been working for me lately.

Grilled Red Cabbage with Mustard Sauce | Things I Made Today

I became addicted to grilling my cabbage a few years ago. Last year, I was determined to find the perfect sauce to compliment a charred, tender green cabbage and I succeeded (it has anchovies in it).

This year, I took on the red cabbage. Traditionally braised or pickled or made into slaw, I knew there had to be something new that could be done. And my theory stood up: all cabbage should be grilled.

Grilled Red Cabbage with Mustard Sauce | Things I Made Today

Grilling adds some char to the vegetable that gives it a deeper, more interesting flavor. The grill also gives the cabbage a few different textures—some crispy bits on the outside while the inside is tender. The sauce—well, that’s what elevates this side dish from side dish afterthought to prominent position on the table at your next barbecue. And if I’m not selling it enough, just make it to appreciate the color of all the beautiful things that grow in this world.

Grilled Red Cabbage with Mustard Sauce
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4
For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the cabbage:
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, halved, then each half cut into 4 wedges, each with a piece of the core in tact
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh oregano, as garnish
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together olive oil, mustard, honey, vinegar, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Place cabbage wedges on a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Flip and repeat the same on other side.
  3. Heat grill to high heat. Place cabbage wedges onto grill and cook, flipping occasionally, until cabbage is slightly charred and core is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove cabbage from grill and drizzle with sauce and oregano. Serve immediately.



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