In the summer (in fact, pretty much all year round), a day wouldn’t pass in which my mother didn’t make salad. For the most part, they’d be leafy green salads, but Weisskohl Salat (white cabbage salad) is a nice crunchy alternative to the usual greens.
One small head white cabbage, finely chopped
One red onion, minced
2 tablespoons vinegar*
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt (to taste)
Sugar (to taste)
Sour cream (to taste), optional
It’s really very simple: toss all ingredients and refrigerate overnight. The next day, taste the salad and adjust according to your liking. You may want to add a bit more vinegar or sour cream … whatever you like.
And by the way, my mom never measures anything … it’s all to taste, so use the ingredient quantities as a guideline, not a hard and fast rule.
*The real secret to Weisskohl Salat is the vinegar. My mom prefers Kühne Salata  vinegar or Hengstenberg  vinegar—available at many import groceries. The ingredients are: spirit vinegar, wine vinegar, and natural flavors.
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