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Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts

Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts is a healthy low-carb salad with plenty of crunch! Use Salad Recipes to find more healthy salads like this one.

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For anyone who may have over-indulged at Thanksgiving, this healthful salad with two kinds of cabbage is a perfect choice to get you back to healthy eating. If you did over-indulge a little, I think the thing to do is get right back on track, and don’t waste energy feeling guilty! In fact, for special occasions like Thanksgiving or holiday parties I give myself permission to have a few treats I’d normally avoid eating, and then to balance out those splurges, I try to make sure my other meals are nutritious and filled with low-carb or low-glycemic foods.

This cabbage salad recipe is adapted from one I found in a fantastic cookbook called From Asparagus to Zucchini, A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce. I discovered the book when my friend Tom from Culinary Types made Sweet Potato Walnut Bread from the book. Tom mentioned the book was produced by cooks from the Madison Area CSA he writes about on his blog.

I knew I’d like this book, and Tom offered to get me a copy when he went to the farm. This was weeks ago, and I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to post this recipe, because I love this book and I’ve made the salad several times in the last few weeks! (Thanks Tom!)

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Start by making the dressing so the flavors can blend while you chop the other ingredients. The original recipe calls for chopped mint, cilantro, and basil to be added to the dressing. I did it that way once, but the other times I mixed the chopped herbs in with the cabbage. Cut up enough thinly sliced and chopped red cabbage to make 2 generous cups. You could use a Mandoline Slicer, or just chop by hand.Also slice and chop up enough Napa cabbage to make 2 cups. I thought the Napa cabbage was really nice in this, and it’s an ingredient I don’t use much.

Make 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, about 3 green onions. I made this when there was no basil left in my garden, so I just used mint (from the garden) and cilantro (from the store.) If you’re buying the herbs, I might just use mint, cilantro, or basil, whichever you like best. Combine the chopped red cabbage, napa cabbage, and sliced green onions in a bowl large enough to toss everything.

Toss the cabbage and onions with desired amount of dressing. (You probably won’t need all the dressing, but it’s good on lots of other things.) After the cabbage is tossed with the dressing, add whatever fresh herbs you’re using and toss again. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.

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Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts

Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts is a healthy low-carb salad with plenty of crunch!

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups thinly sliced and chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups thinly sliced and chopped napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint, cilantro, or basil leaves, or a combination of herbs (or use more herbs if you have a lot)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. green Tabasco sauce, Sriracha sauce, or other hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 3 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1-2 T soy sauce (use 1 T, then see if you want more)
  • 2 T Tahini, almond butter, or peanut butter (Original recipe used Tahini, but use whichever one you prefer or have on hand.)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T toasted sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients, then taste to see if you want to add the second T of soy sauce or more hot sauce. (I used the bowl of my immersion blender to mix the dressing, but you could just make it in a bowl with a whisk.)
  2. Let dressing sit so flavors can blend while you chop other ingredients.
  3. Chop cabbage and green onions and combine in a bowl large enough to toss with dressing.
  4. Wash herbs, spin dry with salad spinner or dry with paper towels, then roughly chop.
  5. Put herbs in bowl, dry cutting board and knife, then coarsely chop peanuts.
  6. Toss the cabbage-onion mixture with desired amount of dressing. (You probably won’t need all the dressing.)
  7. Add fresh chopped herbs and toss again.
  8. Arrange salad on serving plates and sprinkle each serving with chopped peanuts.

Notes:

This doesn’t keep well, so only make as much as will be eaten right away. You can also mix the dressing, chop all the vegetables and herbs, store them in the fridge, and mix the salad right before you’re going to eat it. After I made this once, I did that the second time and ate it for several days.

Recipe adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini, A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts is great for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as low-carb diet plans, making this a perfect choice if you need something delicious that won’t make you feel like you’re on a diet. Be careful not to use seasoned rice vinegar, which contains sugar.

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    30 Comments on “Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts”

  1. Actually it is not okay to copy one of my recipes and repost it somewhere else. I'd appreciate if you would remove it.

  2. Hi Kalyn, I wanted to know the points value for this in ww, so I added it to the community recipes, and credited the blog. hope that's okay.

  3. Hi Kalyn! I stumbled upon your site recently, and made this salad for my boyfriend and I the other night, and it was amazing! We both enjoy Asian flavors, and this tasted delicious with a whole lot of crunch, despite omitting the peanuts. Thanks so much!

  4. Elle, hope you enjoy it!

  5. Thanks for re-posting this salad – it sounds absolutely perfect! I'm definitely going to make it after my next trip to the market.

  6. Kalyn, I could kiss you right now. I have a relative who makes a salad similar to this one. I tried to make it a few times and it didn't turn our right. This recipe sounds fantastic and very close to what she makes! Thanks for posting this. I will make it asap! I printed it and will make it this weekend for our veggie friends.

  7. Tami, that sounds great too! Wish I could come over and try your version!

  8. Kalyn-

    I just made something very similar to this last night: left out the peanuts but it was cilantro, scallion, red onion, orange bell pepper slivers, savoy cabbage, red cabbage. So delicious and great texture. Yours looks delish!

    – tami

  9. Claire, I definitely think you could make this into a sweeter dressing. I might cut down the amount of sesame oil a bit, try adding less of that and tasting. (You can always add more, but you can't take it out!) Let us know how it turns out as a sweeter version!