Asian Cabbage Salad (Video)
I love this slightly-spicy Asian Cabbage Salad that’s loaded with flavors like Sriracha, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Sesame oil. And this Asian cabbage recipe is a tasty side dish any time of year.
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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 recipe I came up with!
And I’m excited that this Asian cabbage recipe now has new photos that I hope can tempt you to make it, because I like everything about this combination. 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?
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- green cabbage
- green onion
- sesame seeds, preferably Black Sesame Seeds (affiliate link)
- chopped peanuts
- Unseasoned Rice Vinegar (affiliate link)
- soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link)
- sesame oil (affiliate link)
- granulated Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or other sweetener
- Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link)
- grated ginger, I used Minced Ginger (affiliate link) from a jar
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
What gives this cabbage salad the 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!
Do you have to use black sesame seeds for the Asian Cabbage Salad?
I love everything in this Asian cabbage recipe, but especially the black sesame seeds (affiliate link)! Sesame seeds are something that really adds an interesting mouth feel to salads and vegetables, but of course you can use the regular white ones from the grocery store if that’s what you have on hand.
Want more tasty and easy Cabbage Salad Recipes?
Check out Low-Carb and Keto Cabbage Salads for a lot more recipes using my favorite crunchy salad ingredient!
How to make Asian Cabbage Salad:
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- 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.
- Thinly slice the cabbage, using a mandoline slicer (affiliate link) if you have one.
- Slice the green onion, chop peanuts, and measure out the sesame seeds.
- 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.
- Sprinkle with a few more sesame seeds and serve.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
This Asian cabbage recipe would taste great with Stir-Fried Tofu or Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks for a low-carb meatless meal! Or serve it next to Sanpete County Grilled Turkey Kabobs, Grilled Sausage and Peppers, or Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce.
More Tasty Dishes with Sesame:
- Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Sheet Pan Meal
- Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds
- Noodles with Peanut Sauce
- Sesame Noodles with Chicken
- Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing
Asian Cabbage Salad
This Asian Cabbage Salad is flavored with Sriracha and Sesame and this salad 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Slice green onions, slightly chop peanuts, and measure out the sesame seeds.
- Put cabbage strips into mixing bowl and toss with the sliced green onions.
- Then add dressing and toss cabbage well with dressing.
- Add peanuts and sesame seeds and toss again (reserving a few peanuts and sesame seeds to sprinkle on the top.
- Serve right away.
- 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)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Asian Cabbage Salad is a perfect side dish for low-carb or low-glycemic diets, or for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2016 and was last updated with more information in 2023.
30 Comments on “Asian Cabbage Salad (Video)”
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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.
So glad you liked it; I agree colorful cabbage and carrots would be good here.
I've got a bag of cole slaw mix waiting for an idea. This recipe is it!
Thanks Lydia; it was good! Maybe more Sriracha for you.
Jen, glad you liked it. I like the idea of using napa cabbage.
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.
Anonymous, that’s wonderful. (I love hearing that sweet men are reading my blog!)
The sweetest man made me dinner last night, including your salad, and this morning emailed me the link to your site.
Thanks for the feedback Rachel. So glad to hear you liked it.