A large glass bowl with curtido and a wooden spoon.
Prep Time
15 mins

Curtido is an authentic Salvadoran cabbage slaw or relish made with finely shredded cabbage, red onion, carrot, spices, and vinegar. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Salvadorian
Servings: 8
Calories: 27 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 1/2 head cabbage , finely shredded
  • 1/2 red onion , very thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots , finely shredded
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper , sliced (optional)
  • hot boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • salt , to taste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. 

  2. Place cabbage in a fine mesh strainer. Very slowly pour boiling water over the cabbage. Rinse with cold water. Drain well, pressing out as much water as possible.

  3. Add cabbage to large bowl. Add carrot, onion, jalapeno, oregano, and vinegar and toss well to combine. I like to put it all in a bowl with a lid and shake it.

  4. Curtido tastes best after it has marinated for several hours or days, but you can enjoy it fresh if you’d like. 

  5. Store curtido in a covered container or mason jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Potassium 155mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 52.4%
Vitamin C 29.4%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.