I love this slightly-spicy Asian Cabbage Salad that’s loaded with flavors like Sriracha, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Sesame oil. This salad is a tasty side dish any time of year.

PIN Asian Cabbage Salad to try it later!

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

It’s pretty obvious that I’m a huge fan of cabbage, right? I 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 was created 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.

And I’m excited that the recipe has new photos that I hope can tempt you, because I like everything about this combination, especially the black sesame seeds (affiliate link)! 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 (affiliate link)to the dressing and also added peanuts, but the peanuts are definitely optional. If you like the sound of these flavors in a cabbage salad, I hope you’ll give it a try!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What makes this salad have Asian flavors?

I’m not claiming this is an authentic Asian recipe of course! But ingredients like soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and of course Sriracha Sauce mean the salad has a lot of Asian flavor going on!

Asian Cabbage Salad process shots collage

How to make this salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Whisk together Unseasoned Rice Vinegar (affiliate link), soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), sesame oil, Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), ginger puree, and garlic puree to make the dressing.
  2. Thinly slice the cabbage, using a mandoline slicer (affiliate link) if you have one.
  3. Slice the green onion, chop peanuts, and measure out the sesame seeds.
  4. 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.
  5. Add peanuts and sesame seeds and toss again.
  6. Sprinkle with a few more sesame seeds and serve.

Asian Cabbage Salad thumbnail image of salad in serving bowl

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This would taste great with Stir-Fried Tofu for a low-carb meatless meal! Or serve it next to Sanpete County Grilled Turkey Kabobs or Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce.

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
Yield: 4 servings

Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame is so tasty you'll want to make it over and over!



  • 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 (see notes)
  • 1 T soy sauce (gluten-free soy sauce if needed)
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 4 tsp. granulated Monk Fruit (see notes)
  • 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. Whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), sesame oil, Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), 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 (affiliate link) with the 3mm blade, but you can cut with a chef's knife.
  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. Use any sweetener you prefer if you don't have Monkfruit Sweetener. Don’t use seasoned vinegar, which contains sugar.

This recipe adapted from the original South Beach Diet Book. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7.7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 7.6gProtein: 6.3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

Did you make this recipe?

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a star rating (under the PRINT button in the recipe) or share a photo of your results on Instagram! THANKS!

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

Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Cabbage Recipes or Salads to find more recipes like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2016 and was last updated in 2021.

Pinterest image of Asian Cabbage Salad

Share This: