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Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw (Video)

Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw is one of my go-to salads to make for parties, and I promise this will be a hit with everyone! If you’re not a cilantro fan, use a little more thinly sliced green onion in this tasty low-carb salad. 

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Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

Years ago I spotted this 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!

What Ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • Napa cabbage
  • sugar snap peas
  • radishes
  • green onion
  • cilantro (optional)
  • sliced almonds
  • white wine vinegar
  • sweetener of your choice
  • soy sauce 
  • crushed garlic puree
  • Asian sesame oil (affiliate link)
  • ground ginger puree
  • Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) or other hot sauce
  • mayo

Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, plus nutritional information.)

  1. 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. 
  2. Start with one small head of Napa cabbage, about 3-4 cups of thinly shredded cabbage.
  3. I trimmed both ends of the sugar snap peas and then sliced them thinly on the diagonal.
  4. My radishes were fairly large so I trimmed the ends, sliced them in half lengthwise, and then sliced them in half-moon shaped slices.
  5. I also sliced up a bunch of green onions, and chopped the cilantro.
  6. Toss together the Napa cabbage, sugar snap peas, radishes, green onions (and cilantro if using), then toss with enough dressing to coat the ingredients.
  7. 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.)
  8. Add the nuts and gently toss again.
  9. This is best served right away, and you probably won’t have any leftovers to worry about anyway!

Crunchy Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw

Yield 6 generous servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw is a perfect party salad and this will be a hit with everyone!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped (see notes)
  • 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  cup chopped cilantro (see notes)
  • 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 (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic puree
  • 1/4 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger puree
  • 1/4 tsp. Sriracha sauce or other hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup mayo

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice Napa cabbage, then coarsely chop to make about 4 cups shredded cabbage.
  2. Trim both ends of sugar snap peas, then thinly slice on the diagonal to make 1 cup sliced peas.
  3. Trim both ends of radishes and wash if needed, then cut in half lengthwise and cut into half-moon slices.
  4. Slice green onions to make 1/2 cup.
  5. If using cilantro, wash, spin dry or dry with paper towels, and then chop enough to make 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, or a bit more won't hurt.
  6. Put Napa cabbage, sugar snap peas, radishes, green onions (and cilantro if using) into salad bowl.
  7. In a bowl or glass measuring cup stir together the white wine vinegar, sweetener, soy sauce, garlic puree, sesame oil, ginger puree, and Sriracha sauce (affiliate link).
  8. Whisk in the mayo until ingredients are well combined.
  9. Toss salad ingredients, add enough dressing to coat ingredients, and toss again.
  10. Toast the sliced almonds in a dry pan over high heat for 1-2 minutes (just until the nuts are fragrant).
  11. Add almonds to the salad and toss gently.
  12. Serve immediately. At my house this never lasts long enough to know whether it will keep in the refrigerator!

Notes

You need about 4 cups shredded Napa cabbage. Cilantro is optional, but if you’re a cilantro fan I would use it. I would prefer Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if you need the salad to be gluten-free.

This recipe adapted slightly from a salad recipe found in The Sunset Cookbook.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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 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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Historical Notes for This Recipe:

This recipe was first posted in March 2011. It was updated with better photos and a step-by-step video March 2019, and lightly updated again in December 2020.)

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    52 Comments on “Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw (Video)”

  1. Salads are my staple. Thanks for this yummy one. I'm a cilantro nut. If I have it, it goes in.

  2. This salad is calling to me, Kalyn. With the sweetness of the peas and the kick of radishes, I would happily eat this all day.

  3. Now that is one fabulous salad, Kalyn! I'm going to take that to one of our group lunches in May…love that you've used Napa cabbage!

  4. I made this for dinner with friends and added chicken and toasted almonds. Everyone raved, try this recipe for SURE.

  5. Looks amazing! I think I have to try it immediately

  6. I think rice vinegar would be fine in this.

  7. Kalyn,
    How do you think rice vinegar would be in place of white wine vinegar? Or another vinegar? I have red wine, balsamic, and rice… I'd rather not add another bottle to my cabinet if possible!

  8. Pam, I assume you *do* want cilantro in yours?

  9. What a great salad. You have it packed with good things for sure. I need to buy some napa cabbage now!

  10. CJ, my vote too!

  11. I love chopped salads for ease of prep plus there is a little bit of every delcious thing in one bite. I especially love cabbage saalds because they hold up better than tender lettuces. Plus, they're good for you!

    My vote- Add cilantro. But I'm a lover, not a hater.

  12. Val I think you could also use regular cabbage with this dressing.

    Kelly, next time I make it, I will be SURE to have cilantro!

  13. I make a similar salad and it's one of our favorites. The cilantro's my favorite part!

  14. The only thing lacking in my kitchen would be the Napa Cabbage which I am huessing is akin to Savoy. This salad has been bookmarked.

  15. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts about this salad. I loved the dressing and have already used it on a slightly different salad with some of these same ingredients!

  16. The dressing looks amazing. It probably would be delicious on all kinds of salads.

  17. This looks not only beautiful but also healthy and delicious! That's my kind of salad! I will be trying this for sure, thanks!

  18. Your napa cabbage salads never fail to put a smile on my face. So much great crunch and filled with so many good-for-you ingredients!

  19. It's nice to meet a fellow cilantro lover. I just made an Asian style rice noodle soup and garnished it with TONS of cilantro. Can't get enough of that stuff. This recipe is right up my alley. Your photography is beautiful.

  20. Kalyn you have done it again. This salad looks incredible.