Frugal Cold Side Dishes

Frugal Cold Side Dishes


During the hot summer months, it is always nice to use kitchen gadgets for cooking and baking that cut down on the heat. One great way to keep the house cooler is by using the Instant Pot. I use my Instant Pot every single day and it is one of my favorite kitchen appliances!

Not only does it produce less heat than the oven, it cuts down on cook time. So, if you forget to thaw meat for supper, just throw it in the Instant Pot a couple of hours before dinner and you’ll be saved from ‘having’ to order take-out.

However, sometimes you don’t want to use any heat at all. At least, not in the house. So, fire up the grill and make some protein and use one of these delicious frugal cold side dishes to complete your summer meal!

I love fresh cabbage a variety of ways. It adds a crunch to tacos, it is delicious in wraps, and cabbage salads of all kinds are so good. Cabbage is super frugal and it’s healthy, too.

My favorite way to eat shredded cabbage is with a homemade coleslaw dressing. I add frozen peas and chopped green onions for a beautiful green salad. It is Trim Healthy Mama friendly, too.

My Super Easy Cabbage Salad

  • I mix up mayo and raw apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) in a gallon Ziploc bag, add some Truvia, salt, and pepper.
  • Seal the bag and press to mix.
  • Then I add the chopped/shredded cabbage, frozen green peas, and chopped green onion.
  • Seal, shake, and squeeze to mix well.
  • Then place in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors blend and the peas thaw. So good!

Other delicious add-in options are chopped cheese (blue cheese crumbles are yummy), chopped ham or bacon, and chopped hard-boiled egg. Below are several cabbage salad recipes from around the web for easy no-heat side dishes for summer!

cabbage salad ideas

Frugal Cold Side Dishes Featuring Cabbage Salad

Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw

Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw

Jalapeno Cabbage Salad

Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad

Moroccan Cabbage Slaw

Japanese Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Pickled Cabbage Salad

Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Slaw With Lemon Dressing 

Kale and Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Cabbage Salad With Peanut Dressing

Cabbage Corn Tomato Salad

Cabbage Cucumber Radish Salad

Oil & Vinegar Cabbage Salad

Asian Chicken Cranberry Cabbage Salad

–ended — BIG Instant Pot Giveaway!

Instant Pot and Amazon giveaway!

I’m joining with some great bloggers from the Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped Facebook group for a Beat the Heat Summer challenge (with more great flash prizes and tips!) As a part of that event, Instant Pot is sponsoring this wonderful giveaway just for YOU!

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 (6 Quart) Pressure Cooker! This is the latest version of the most popular InstantPot with great new features:

  • Three new preset buttons – Cake, Egg, and Sterilize. These are in addition to Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook.
  • Large LCD screen with digital display
  • Improved cooking results and consistency of the dishes
  • Mute button to turn off notification sounds
  • 24-hour delay start feature and the ability to turn the Keep Warm feature on or off
  • And more!

$100 Amazon Gift Card! Use this for more accessories for your Instant Pot, fun goodies for your kitchen, or whatever you want!

The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals (paperback) 

DON’T FORGET to join us in the Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped Facebook group during the week of 7/10 for more great Instant Pot prizes in the Beat the Heat Summer challenge!

Must be 18 or older to enter and in the contiguous U.S. states. Giveaway ends July 25th at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. Instant Pot is responsible for the delivery of their respective contributions to the giveaway. Entering the giveaway will add you to the Proverbial Homemaker email list if you aren’t already subscribed. 

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4 thoughts on “Frugal Cold Side Dishes

  1. I can’t seem to get to your Facebook Group, Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped. It tells me that “the content is not available”. I think I already may have joined the group before, but I am not sure. Can you help me please? Would love to be able to get this for another entry to this awesome giveaway. One of my many things on my wish list is a Instant Pot!!

    1. Ok, I’m not sure why it doesn’t work. That is the direct link. Try again after awhile, and I’ll keep looking into it on my end. I apologize for the issue.

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