A large glass bowl with curtido and a wooden spoon.
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Curtido is an authentic Salvadoran cabbage slaw or relish made with finely shredded cabbage, red onion, carrot, spices, and vinegar. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Salvadorian
Servings: 8
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
Cost: 5


  • 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)


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curtido tastes best after it has marinated for several hours or days, but you can enjoy it fresh if you’d like. 
  • Store curtido in a covered container or mason jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.



Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2620IU | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg