Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw (Video)
Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw is one of my go-to-salads to make for parties. If you’re not a cilantro fan, use a little more thinly sliced green onion in this tasty low-carb salad. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
Watch the video to see if you’d like to make Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw.
Years ago I spotted this Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw recipe in The Sunset Cookbook and made a slightly adapted version of it right away. The salad turned out to be a big hit on the blog, despite the original photos which were a bit boring. It was also a hit with my huge extended family, although when I make this salad for a Denny Family Party, I always make two bowls (with or without cilantro) so everyone can enjoy it. And I’ve made this salad quite a few times for friends as well. No matter who I serve it to, this low-carb Napa cabbage slaw is always a hit.
Salads like this that are a jumble of ingredients can be a challenge to photograph well. But recently I decided to make the salad and see if I could get some photos that really showed off how tasty it was! And I am happy to have better photos, and even though Napa Cabbage is probably not on sale during March in the same way that regular green cabbage is, I’m featuring this as the last recipe in the string of Cabbage Recipes I’ve been crushing on this month!
If you don’t like cilantro, or you have family members who don’t like it I recommend adding a little more thinly-sliced green onion to the salad, and it will be just as tasty! And it’s the soy-mayo Asian dressing that’s partly what makes this salad such a wow, so you might want to make extra dressing if you like the sound of that. I hope everyone who likes these flavors will try this favorite salad!
(This recipe updated with better photos and a step-by-step video March 2019.)
The original recipe made 14 cups, so I cut it down quite a bit to get this version which makes about 6 servings. The slightly-spicy soy-mayo based dressing is one of the things that make this salad, And I prefer the salad with lots of dressing so I recommend doubling the dressing amounts. Start with one small head of Napa cabbage, about 3-4 cups of thinly shredded cabbage.
I trimmed both ends of the sugar snap peas and then sliced them thinly on the diagonal. My radishes were fairly large so I trimmed the ends, sliced them in half lengthwise, and then sliced them in half-moon shaped slices. I also sliced up a bunch of green onions, and chopped the cilantro.
Toss together the Napa cabbage, sugar snap peas, radishes, green onions (and cilantro if using), then toss with enough dressing to coat the ingredients. Toast the sliced almonds in a dry pan over high heat for 1-2 minutes (just until the nuts start to become fragrant; watch them closely so they don’t get too brown.) Add the nuts and gently toss again.
This is best served right away, and you probably won’t have any leftovers to worry about anyway!
More Tasty Salads with Napa Cabbage:
Gluten-Free Asian Slaw from Elana’s Pantry
Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Asian Slaw with Napa Cabbage, Carrots, and Ginger Dressing from Cookin’ Canuck
Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Asian Napa Cabbage Slaw with Peanut Sauce from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Crunchy Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw with Sugar Snap Peas, Radishes, Almonds and Cilantro
Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw is a perfect party salad!
- 1 small head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped (about 3-4 cups shredded cabbage)
- 1 C thinly and diagonally-sliced sugar snap peas
- 1 C radishes, sliced into half-moon shapes
- 1/2 cup sliced green onion
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional, but if you’re a cilantro fan I would use it)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Dressing Ingredients (I prefer this salad with a lot of dressing and it’s good on other things so I recommend doubling the dressing amounts):
- 1 T white wine vinegar
- 1 T sweetener of your choice
- 1 tsp. soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
- 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic puree
- 1/4 tsp. Asian sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger puree
- 1/4 tsp. (or more) Sriracha sauce or other hot sauce
- 1/3 cup mayo or light mayo
- Thinly slice Napa cabbage, then coarsely chop to make 3-4 cups shredded cabbage.
- Trim both ends of sugar snap peas, then thinly slice on the diagonal to make 1 cup sliced peas.
- Trim both ends of radishes and wash if needed, then cut in half lengthwise and cut into half-moon slices.
- Slice green onions to make 1/2 cup.
- If using cilantro, wash, spin dry or dry with paper towels, and then chop enough to make 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped cilantro.
- Put Napa cabbage, sugar snap peas, radishes, green onions (and cilantro if using) into salad bowl.
- In a bowl or glass measuring cup stir together the white wine vinegar, Splenda or sugar, soy sauce, garlic puree, sesame oil, ginger puree, and Sriracha sauce.
- Whisk in the mayo until ingredients are well combined.
- Toss salad ingredients, add enough dressing to coat ingredients, and toss again.
- Toast the sliced almonds in a dry pan over high heat for 1-2 minutes (just until the nuts are fragrant).
- Add almonds and toss gently.
- Serve immediately.
- At my house this didn’t last long enough to know whether it will keep in the refrigerator!
This recipe adapted slightly from a salad recipe found in The Sunset Cookbook.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glytemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If it’s made with an approved sweetener, this Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet and most other types of low-carb eating plans. Light mayonnaise would be recommended for South Beach, but honestly I personally wouldn’t worry about using full-fat mayonnaise for better flavor, since there isn’t a huge amount of mayo compared to the crunchy salad ingredients, and other low-carb diets would prefer full-fat mayo.
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