Foodies Delight – Costa Rica Cabbage Salad Recipe (Ensalada de Repollo)

Costa Rica Cabbage Salad Recipe

Costa Ricans love this salad. The proof is that you will find it as a side dish for almost everything they serve. I must say that I had a completely different idea of what a cabbage salad is but this quickly became my favorite.

Another thing I noticed is that instead of putting good ole fashion sour kraut on their hot dogs, they put this salad with guacamole, ketchup and mayo. It is delicious!

Here is the Costa Rica Cabbage Salad Recipe that I learned:


Half a head of shredded cabbage
2 shredded carrots
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 lemons
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste


Cutting board
Mixing bowl

Cook It Up!

Place the shredded cabbage and carrots in the bowl, add the salt, pepper and olive oil. Before mixing it all together, squeeze all the juice out of the lemon. And viola! You’ve got yourself a tasty side salad.

It is that easy. If you are worried about any bacteria run the cabbage and carrot through boiling water.

You can also replace half of the lemon with a bit of apple vinegar.

Serve it Up!

Like I said, Ticos serve this with almost everything. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You decide with what you’d like to eat a little bit of cabbage with!

For More Great Info Get Your Book NOW!

Costra Rica Travel Guide for Families

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.