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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. So glad you liked it! I have it on the menu for a bridal shower I'm hosting in a few weeks.

  2. This was delicious! I doubled the dressing because I found it a little dry. It was soooo good!Thank you for the recipe 😉

  3. We made this last week when I was visiting my mom and it was great – we all loved it. Next time, a double batch!

  4. What a fun place to work, and this recipe was definitely awesome!

  5. I love Sunset! I use to work for them. Sniff sniff. I miss them. Their recipes are always awesome.

  6. So glad you liked it, and I love the idea of adding chicken to this.

  7. OMG – Made this yesterday. To die for. I left out the snap peas and added some grilled chicken.
    Whoa! Deelish

  8. Glad you liked it!

  9. Thanks, Kalyn. (Your name is beautiful, by the way.) I posted your salad on my site today, and of course, gave credit where credit was due. I thought you might like to see it.

    http://linkadventure.blogspot.com/2011/04/tasty-tuesday-asian-slaw.html

  10. Samara, so glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Kalyn, thank you for this recipe! Your blog is beautiful. I made this last night. I included the cilantro, and we loved it. The dressing is incredible. I'm so glad to have it in my cooking arsenal.

  12. Now I'm definitely intrigued at the sound of Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad!

  13. I'm always on the lookout for innovative salads and looking forward to trying this one. Love the idea of adding radishes and snow peas. Made a main course salad that was a big hit with the men of the house this week called Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad.

  14. Margot, definitely my favorite as well!

  15. I love that you are using coriander in so many dishes, one of my favourite herbs… remind me of Mexico 😉

  16. Stamp Mom, good idea!

  17. Made this for dinner tonight , SO GOOD!!! 🙂 Didn't have the Sricha so used 1/4 tsp. hot oil instead.

  18. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback on this. I've been distracted from replying because I've been tending 2 little boys!

    Marie, good luck on South Beach. I promise it works if you stick with it!

  19. I made this IMMEDIATELY after I saw the posting…I didn't have cilantro or the right vinegar…but I used apple cider vinegar which gave the dressing another level of tart sweetness, and it was still great. Amazing, actually. I was on my 4th day of Phase 1, so I made a really big salad just for me, with a side of asian-flavored tilapia. Just an incredible, delicious lunch; refreshing – but filling!

    I love how much cabbage you use in your salad recipes. I find it so much tastier than most lettuces.

    On another note, I've been reading your blog for months, and it finally convinced me to go on South Beach. It's a little tough to get through, but it would be near IMPOSSIBLE without your blog! Thanks so much for all you do!!

  20. This has so many great flavors going on in it. I love it when everything is on hand and it can come together like this. Also love Sunset! Great recipe 🙂