One of my go-to salads is an Asian Cabbage Salad. It holds up well in the fridge even with the dressing on it and is so satisfying to me. Quick and easy lunch for several days!
If I’m feeling lazy I usually just dress my Asian Cabbage Salads with Newman’s Low Fat Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette like I did with my brussels sprouts salad. I love that stuff! But I’ve been on a quest to come up with a tasty homemade dressing and the one I came up with today I think might be my favorite so far.
This dressing happened by accident. I was trying to make a Thai flavored dressing with some coconut sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. It was tasty, but not perfect. I also experimented with a dressing with rice vinegar, sesame oil and ginger. It was good too…but not exactly what I was looking for either. After about four bowls of different dressing combinations, I was getting a little frustrated. Each one had elements I liked but seemed to lack something I couldn’t figure out what. So instead of tossing them out, I decided to combine my two favorites together and see how it tasted. Verdict: Outstanding!
I seriously could live off of cabbage salads. I love them so much, and this Asian Cabbage Salad is a winner!Print
Asian Cabbage Salad
For the dressing:
- 3 Tbls. rice vinegar
- 2 Tbls. fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 2 Tbls. granulated coconut palm sugar
- 1 Tbls. fish sauce (use vegan, if plant based)
- 1 Tbls. PB2 (powdered peanut butter, could probably use regular peanut butter but I didn’t try it with that)
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp. ginger paste (from a tube – It’s all I had on hand but you could use fresh minced ginger)
- 1/2 tsp. chili paste (or try Siracha)
For the Salad:
- 1/2 head savoy cabbage
- 1/2 head green cabbage (or use both green and purple cabbage)
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 C. sugar snap peas, sliced
- 3 large radishes, sliced in half moons
- handful cilantro, chopped
- handful mint, chopped
- 1/2 C. dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- Combine dressing ingredients in bowl and whisk well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Set aside.
- Combine all salad ingredients except peanuts in large bowl and toss to combine.
- Add desired amount of dressing to salad. You may not need all of the dressing, just depends on how much cabbage you use and how wet you like your salad.
- Top salad with peanuts prior to serving.
Use any combination of cabbage you like, not necessary to be precise with an amount, just fill up a large serving bowl.
I dress the salad all at once and it keeps well in the fridge. You could keep the dressing separate and dress your salad upon serving it. I like to top the salad with the peanuts upon serving rather than at the beginning.