Salted Cabbage ‘Tortillas’

Cabbage Tortillas

One of the things I love about eating (mostly) Low Carb, is how the constraint actually sparks creativity in my cooking.

It’s so fun to find new ways to replace our standard grain based ingredients with just as delicious (and in this case even MORE delicious) vegetables.

I have been using raw cabbage leaves as an alternative to tortillas for years now. But it wasn’t until recently that I had the stroke of genius (if I do say so myself) to give the cabbage some TLC.

The first iteration was salting the cabbage which involves just sprinkling the leaves with fine salt and letting them sit while I prepare the rest of the meal. This brings out the flavour AND softens the leaves so they’re easier to wrap around your favourite taco filling.

My latest trick is popping the salted leaves in the oven for 2-3 minutes. This warms and further softens the leaves but not enough that they completely lose their bite.

Talk about a winner. I’d take these over corn or wheat based tortillas any (and every) day of the week :)

Salted Cabbage Tortillas

Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 500 g cabbage 1/2 small or 1/4 large cabbage
  • pinch fine salt


  1. Turn your oven to 200C (400F).
  2. Trim cabbage to remove 2-3 outer leaves. Chop your cabbage in half so you have 2 wedges. Chop on the diagonal of the centre part to remove the tough core of the cabbage. Discard the core.
  3. Separate the cabbage into individual leaves, placing them on a large flat oven tray as you go.
  4. Sprinkle salt over the cabbage and pop in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Or until the cabbage is warm and just starting to wilt and soften to your liking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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NET CARBS: 9g/serve

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Variations & Substitutions Cabbage Tortillas

different vegetables – any cabbage will work. You could also do something similar with kale or collard greens or chard (silverbeet) or rainbow chard. The chard won’t need very long to cook.

Low FODMAP – use red, white or chinese cabbage but not savoy (napa) cabbage. And only serve 75g (3oz) cabbage per person.

more fancy / for entertaining – serve with fresh herbs like mint, coriander (cilantro), parsley or tarragon for colour.

more substantial – try these low carb Zucchini Tortillas instead.

Ideas to use your ‘Tortillas’

Any where you’d normally serve flat bread or tortillas.

Problem Solving Guide

bland – Add more flavoursome accompaniments.

hard to eat – next time cook them slightly longer. Also if the cabbage has large tough veins in some pieces you may like to cut these out and discard them.

Prepare Ahead

You can but I prefer them when freshly made. Just cook as per the recipe. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Don’t freeze. To serve, allow to come back to room temperature or pop back in the oven for another few minutes.

Salted Cabbage Tortillas

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Have fun in the kitchen!

BIG love,
Jules x

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  • Wow. salted cabbage tortillas are something I would love. It has been a long time and now is the time to prepare something deciduous and healthy at home because I cannot order anything right now from the cafes in Broadbeach so it is best to try new things at home. I am looking to make some healthy dishes. Please share more recipes. I will try this now.

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