Veggies shouldn't have to miss out on German yumminess. This is a veganized post from "Cooking the German Way" e-book-- it originally called for 2 strips of bacon and cooking the onions in the bacon fat, but it says in the footnote that if you don't want to add bacon, simply use 2 TB butter or oil to cook the onions. If you don't have whole cloves, 1/4 tsp ground cloves = about 3 cloves but it's not recommended. I am otherwise copying the recipe as is, including the description: "This tangy, bright-colored side dish is delicious with beef, pork, or wild game. It does not go well with chicken or fish. The vinegar, with its natural acid, preserves the vivid color of the red cabbage. Leftover red cabbage can be chilled and served as a salad."