Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw

If you’re looking for a way to balance out all the meaty (or not meaty) things you’re grilling, we’ve got a few ideas, especially if you’re looking for a side with a little extra crunch. Try vegetables like cabbage, carrots and apples, or radishes with goat cheese. And you don’t have to cut out the meat in these sides; try adding some chicken to one of your salads. Enjoy these excellent and crunchy sides at your next barbecue.

Charred Cabbage Slaw

In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits.

Green Cabbage Salad with Hazelnuts

This crunchy salad combines the juice from grilled cabbage with vinegar and browned butter and tosses the resulting vinaigrette with raw cabbage and hazelnuts for an all-season slaw.

Apple, Celery Root, and Carrot Salad

This simple salad is lighter and more modern compared to traditionally heavy Norman dishes. It pairs crisp celery root—a vegetable grown in abundance in the region—with raw apples.

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese

In this simple Japan-meets-California salad, radishes are tossed with cilantro and a fragrant rice vinegar and soy sauce vinaigrette before topped with goat cheese.

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Leftover chicken layered with shredded cabbage, pungent fish sauce, spicy chiles, and fresh mint makes a bright and simple salad great for a quick lunch or weeknight meal.

Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds

Pomegranate seeds add a pop of tart juice to each bite of this buttery sautéed corn salad with crunchy cucumbers and a toasty sesame oil vinaigrette.

Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad

Matchstick ribbons of zucchini and carrot mingle with grassy, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts in this salad inspired by the flavors of Thailand. A pungent, savory, tart dressing brings the dish together.

Cucumber Pepper Slaw

Sliced cucumber is tenderized with kosher salt in this zesty slaw.

Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad

Aleppo pepper (a tangy Middle Eastern spice), raisins, and raw cauliflower marry in this simple yet unusual salad.

Spicy Haitian Cabbage Slaw

The key to great pikliz, a spicy slaw made with cabbage and other vegetables, is time. The longer the sturdy, crunchy vegetables soak up the vinegar and citrus, the better.

Hawaiian-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad

Cabbage salads featuring dried noodles are a staple of Hawaiian home cooking, adding crunch, texture, and sweetness to this terrifically versatile slaw.