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Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame (Video)

I love this spicy Asian Cabbage Salad  with Sriracha and Sesame, and this tasty salad is low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, meatless, vegan, and South Beach Diet Phase One. And if you make a version without Peanuts and use an approved hot sauce it can be Paleo and Whole 30 approved! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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It’s pretty obvious that I’m a huge fan of salads with cabbage, isn’t it? I actually have a lot of favorite cabbage recipes of all types, but there’s something about the crunch and slightly-sweet flavor of raw cabbage that makes my mouth feel happy. This Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame got started when I saw a recipe pairing cabbage with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Of course, I had to add my own twist, so I added a bit more kick to the dressing and a few peanuts, and I loved the result.

I first made this recipe nine years ago and it’s been hanging out back in the archives with a lack-luster photo that probably wouldn’t entice you to try it. But I hope the new photos can tempt you, because I like everything about this combination, especially the black sesame seeds! Sesame seeds are something that really add an interesting mouth feel to salads and vegetables, and of course you can use the regular white ones from the grocery store if that’s what you have on hand. I couldn’t resist adding Sriracha Sauce to the dressing and also added peanuts, but the peanuts are definitely optional

Of course this lovely salad with cabbage is my Meatless Monday recipe for this week, and I promise this salad is so tasty you won’t even think about meat! For more meatless recipe ideas, you might want to follow my boardsf or Best Low-Carb Meatless Recipes on Pinterest!

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Whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce (gluten-free if needed), sesame oil, sweetener of your choice, Sriracha Sauce, ginger puree, and garlic puree to make the dressing. Thinly slice the cabbage, using a mandoline slicer if you have one. Slice the green onion, chop peanuts, and measure out the sesame seeds.

Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame found on KalynsKitchen.com

Toss the cabbage and green onions together, then add desired amount of the spicy dressing and toss until the cabbage is all coated with dressing. Add peanuts and sesame seeds and toss again.

Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sprinkle with a few more sesame seeds and serve. This would taste great with Stir-Fried Tofu for a low-carb meatless meal!

More Tasty Dishes with Sesame:

Baked Tofu Sesame Sticks with Peanut Butter and Tahini Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame

This Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame is so tasty you won’t even think about meat!



  • 6 cups green cabbage, sliced in strips (about 1/2 large head of cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 T sesame seeds, toasted (preferably black)
  • 1/4 cup barely chopped peanuts

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 T rice vinegar (don’t use seasoned vinegar, which contains sugar)
  • 1 T soy sauce (gluten-free soy sauce if needed)
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 4 tsp. granulated Monk Fruit ,sweetener, granulated Stevia sweetener, or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha Sauce (more or less to taste, or use your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger (I used ginger puree from a jar)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic or garlic puree from a jar


  1. Mix together rice vinegar, soy sauce (gluten-free soy sauce if needed) sesame oil, granulated Monk Fruit ,sweetener, granulated Stevia sweetener, or sweetener of your choice, Sriracha Sauce, ginger puree, and garlic puree to make the dressing.
  2. Thinly slice cabbage, cutting slices in half crosswise if they’re long. (We used a mandoline slicer with the 3mm blade.)
  3. Slice green onions, slightly chop peanuts, and measure out the sesame seeds.
  4. Put cabbage strips into mixing bowl and toss with the sliced green onions.
  5. Then add dressing and toss cabbage well with dressing.
  6. Add peanuts and sesame seeds and toss again (reserving a few peanuts and sesame seeds to sprinkle on the top.
  7. Serve right away.
  8. When I made this there were no leftovers, so I’m not sure how well it will keep in the fridge, but I’m guessing it’s best freshly made.


Read here about why I like Monk Fruit Sweetener if it’s new to you.

This recipe adapted from the original South Beach Diet Book.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Asian Cabbage Salad  with Sriracha and Sesame is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet and most other low-carb or low-glycemic eating plans.

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31 comments on “Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame (Video)”

  1. Pingback: Recipe Roundup – Low Carb / Keto Cabbage Recipes | Remake My Plate

  2. The recipe is good, different from any slaw I have ever tried. I think it would be great with grilled asian chicken. I added a splash of lime to one serving, but think it is better without it. Thanks for posting and for the comments – I think a coleslaw mix with some red cabbage and carrots would make an even nicer presentation.

  3. I've got a bag of cole slaw mix waiting for an idea. This recipe is it!

  4. You probably have not thought about this recipe, in a while, and I am glad you keep your recipes for us, to share. I just made this and it went over very well. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Jen, glad you liked it. I like the idea of using napa cabbage.

  6. This salad is delicious! I make it with Napa cabbage (because it has a milder flavor) and add red bell pepper and cucumbers, too. It makes a perfect lunch.

  7. Anonymous, that’s wonderful. (I love hearing that sweet men are reading my blog!)

  8. Kalyn,

    The sweetest man made me dinner last night, including your salad, and this morning emailed me the link to your site.


  9. Thanks for the feedback Rachel. So glad to hear you liked it.

  10. Kalyn, I made this recipe after seeing it in your blog and its very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Kalyn, I LOVE cabbage, and this salad sounds so good, what with the sesame seeds and peanuts as well! I’ll definitely have to try it next weekend 🙂

  12. Never tried a cabbage salad like this one, so it´s a must do.
    thanks for the great round up you´ve done, and I updated my post to give you the flavour infos. 🙂

  13. Kalyn – fabulous salad, thanks for this. I think I’ll make ti tomorrow night with chicken for dinner…

  14. Manisha, just went into my kitchen and did a taste test on rice vinegar and apple cider vinegar, and I think if you thinned the apple cider vinegar with just a bit of water, the taste would be close. Rice vinegar is quite mild. I wouldn’t use red wine vinegar or balsamic, seems like it would stain the cabbage. White balsamic would probably be good but I don’t know if you have that.

  15. This has my two faves: peanuts and sesame seeds! And of course, cabbage! What can I use instead of rice vinegar? Apple cider vinegar won’t work, right? What about balsamic or red wine vinegar?

  16. i too love cabbage in salads. i dislike it cooked because of the odour when it comes in contact with heat. your salad looks wonderful.

  17. You’ve reminded me that I have to get back into posting for WHB, Kalyn. Love this salad!

  18. Growing up cabbage was not on my good list and I’m still not fond of mayo cold slaw. I have however come to love cabbage and slaws without mayo. Like the sesame seeds and peanuts and the extra spice!

  19. Well, I love cabbage and I love sesame seeds…. Something tells me I might like this! It IS nice to see salads in winter. I should remember that more often!

  20. I love cabbage salads and slaws, though I detest cooked cabbage. Go figure…

  21. I don’t normally eat cabbage raw… This salad looks pretty good and I will have try it. I really like sesame seeds and often use them in salads.

  22. I really like the versatility of Cabbage and I particularly like they way it is here in your Asian salad.

  23. Hi Kaylin your Asian salad looks great. 🙂

  24. Hi, Kalyn – it’s me. I’m baaackk. After a few months of slacking off my doctor told me to get back into the low-carb mode, so I’ve been hanging around your site making more notes and plans. I’d wondered what I was going to have at my weekly Friday breakfast with my pals, since I need to lay off the pumpkin pancakes and hash browns with my eggs, and saw your post about oatmeal. The place I go to makes great oatmeal, so oatmeal it is! I have to back off potatoes again, too. Ack. But I can do it. I did it before.

    I might even start blogging about my trip back to low carb. But I’ll definitely be visiting you more often.

  25. Thanks!! I have 4 heads of cabbage and this will be an excellent way to go through some of it. Sounds delicious!

  26. I love cabbage salads too. I find the crunch-crunch cheerful.

  27. Kalyn, I love cabbage salads too. They have it all–great taste, health benefits, and they don’t wilt like salads made with greens. That looks like a terrific recipe–love the sesame seeds and peanuts in it.

  28. Love this one! I love cabbage salads, they have a nice crunch and they are very fresh!! Can’t wait to try it!

  29. Kayln, it’s great to see salad recipes in the winter. We need our veggies all year ’round.

    Also, try this with Napa cabbage, a more delicate slaw it does make.

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