Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Tahini-Feta Dressing

Have you ever grilled cabbage? Grilled cabbage steaks are sooooo delicious! It puts this humble vegetable in a league of its own. It’s one of our favorite way to serve cabbage, which says a lot since we love cabbage and eat it in so many different dishes! It’s fun and easy to do, tastes amazing, and is a beautifully colorful dish when served with pine nuts, roasted red peppers, and tahini-feta dressing. The grilling process brings out a bit of the sweetness in the cabbage, which takes plain old cabbage to a whole new level! This is a fabulous vegetarian entree but also makes a fantastic side dish.

We prefer using red cabbage for a brighter color on the plate, but you can certainly grill red or green cabbage equally. You can also grill the cabbage in an aluminum pan on the grill or you can place the cabbage steaks directly on the grill. Both taste great, but it seems that the slice of cabbage holds together better on the grill, which may seem a bit counterintuitive.

Be sure to brush the cabbage with olive oil on both sides before seasoning. It’s best to spray the grill or the pan, too, whichever way you decide to grill it. You want to grill it long enough for the cabbage to start to brown on the edges and become slightly more than al dente, but not too soft. You’ll still want to have a little bite to it.

Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Tahini-Feta Dressing

Big slices of cabbage, seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon pepper, grilled to a perfect golden brown and served with Tahini-Feta Dressing, toasted pine nuts, roasted red peppers.
Servings 4 Servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Tahini-Feta Dressing 5 mins

Equipment

  • 1 Barbecue Grill
  • 1 Food processor for the Tahini-Feta Dressing

Ingredients

Cabbage Steaks

  • 1 head red or green cabbage, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4-inch steaks
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 6 sprigs parsley for garnish

Tahini-Feta Dressing

  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning

Instructions

Grilled Cabbage Steaks

  • Clean the head of cabbage and then slice a little bit off the very bottom, so tht the entire head stands firmly on the cutting board.
    Starting at the top of the cabbage, slice it into 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick slices, keeping the core in tact near the bottom.
  • Brush each slice (top and bottom) with olive oil and season on both sides with lemon pepper, salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat. Spray the grill with PAM or cooking spray if grilling directly on the grill. If using an aluminum pan, spray the bottom of the pan.
    Place the cabbage slices on the preheat grill (or in the pan and place the pan in the center of the barbecue) and grill for about 5 minutes per side direclty on the grill, and for slighly longer if using a pan.
  • Remove cabbage steaks to serving plates. Drizzle with Tahini-Feta Dressing and garnish with toasted pine nuts, chopped Kalamata olives, chopped roasted red peppers and a parsley sprig.

Tahini-Feta Dressing

  • Place tahini and feta in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process until well integrated. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

This dish can also be made in the oven if you don’t happen to have a barbecue handy! Simply roast the cabbage on a baking sheet for approximately 10 minutes per side in a 400 F oven. Check it frequently, because the cooking time will depend upon how thick you slice your cabbage!
Also, you can make the Tahini-Feta Dressing several days ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Store any extra dressing for other uses … you won’t regret it:)
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, vegetarian
Keyword: grilled cabbage steaks, tahini-feta dressing

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