Florida Salad – A Delicious Cabbage Soup

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Do you have a family recipe that has a completely random name? It seems like kids are especially good at coming up with hilarious names! This recipe for cabbage soup is a great example.

My friend Kim is a very busy local caterer. She is the go-to caterer for local weddings, corporate events, and even catered for a reality TV show that was filmed here in town!

Kim graciously agreed to help me make some cooking videos demonstrating recipes that use fresh produce.

For our first video, Kim and I decided to share a recipe that is perfect for this time of year when we can’t wait for summer, but the weather just won’t cooperate. This cabbage soup is super simple to make and is perfect for the sporadic cold nights of early spring.

I’ve got some cabbage growing in our garden, and I can’t wait to make some more of this soup when it’s ready to harvest!

A delicious and simple cabbage soup recipe uniquely name Florida Salad
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This cabbage soup smells delicious! No really.

The smell of the chopped green bell pepper reminded me that summer days are coming! From the pot on the stove, I never noticed any bad odor from the boiling cabbage, but instead was overwhelmed with the smell of yummy stewing tomatoes.

And the bacon! Y’all is there any better smell than bacon frying in a cast iron pan?!

For such simple ingredients and method, this soup has a peppery, bacony yumminess that goes perfectly with your favorite cornbread and a large glass of sweet tea.

Watch the video to find out why this soup is called Florida Salad.

Isn’t funny how weird names just seem to stick?

To make Florida Salad you will need the following kitchen supplies:

Ingredients-homegrown, market, or store bought:

  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 2 28 oz cans of tomatoes
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • Salt and Pepper 1.5 tsp each (or to taste)
  • 16 oz package of bacon


  • Chop cabbage and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Set pepper aside.
  • Add the cabbage, tomatoes, salt, and pepper to the stockpot on medium-high heat.
  • Cut the bacon into one-inch segments and fry in the hot skillet until crispy.
  • Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel and pour all but 1-2 tbsp of bacon grease into a glass jar.
  • Cook the bell pepper in the bacon grease until slightly softened. Then add peppers and grease to the cabbage and tomatoes.
  • Simmer cabbage soup for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is softened to your liking.
  • Stir in the crispy bacon immediately before serving.

Don’t forget to grab the printable recipe card.

Florida Salad. Cabbage soup recipe printable

I had so much fun cooking with Kim! I can’t wait to make the next video!

Let me know what kinds of produce you’d like to see us cooking with for our next episode by leaving me a comment below.

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  1. WHOA! No broth? No parsley (Dried/fresh)? No pepper (ground of via grinder)? This is a way-base recipe, but EDIT!: onion, carrots, celery, fresh garlic, spices, greens/spinach (just torn by hands) even a chicken breast!!! And MORE BROTH: heck, even add some cooked pasta or rice! This recipe could’ve been awesome. Just, no. Not without suggestions. Not as written. Sorry, it’s the first thumbs-down I’ve ever written for this site.

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