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.
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
- 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
- 1/2 tsp. chili paste (or try Siracha)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp. ginger paste (from a tube – It’s all I had on hand but you could use fresh minced ginger)
For the Salad:
- 1/2 head savoy cabbage
- 1/4 head green cabbage
- 1/4 head 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. 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.
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.