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Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing

I loved this Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing, and with approved sweetener this tasty salad is low-carb, low-glycemic, Keto, meatless, vegan, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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I’m a huge fan of every type of cabbage, but lately I’ve been loving napa cabbage, used widely in Asian cuisines and also called Chinese Cabbage. Napa cabbage has a more delicate flavor than regular green cabbage, although I’m guessing this Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing would still taste pretty good with green cabbage if you’re a cabbage fan.

This is an idea I found in Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast, but this time I experimented with the dressing several different times and ended up with one that’s changed quite a bit from the original recipe. I loved the flavor blend in my version of the dressing, with rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, ginger puree, sesame oil, and agave nectar blended together with vegetable oil, but if you had sweet-hot Chinese mustard, I think that would also be a great choice for this.  I ate this huge bowl of this salad for lunch, and made it several times after that to test dressing variations, and this version is a keeper for me.

Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad Dijon-Ginger Dressing on KalynsKitchen.com

To make the dressing stir together rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, ginger puree, sesame oil (affiliate link), and sweetener, then whisk in the vegetable oil.  (I made this with both freshly grated ginger and ginger puree from a jar, and I actually preferred the slightly-milder flavor from the ginger puree.) Cut a red bell pepper into thin strips, aiming for strips that are all the same size. Thinly slice green onions and chop cilantro.  (If you’re a cilantro hater, I’d add more green onion.)

Chop peanuts coarsely with a chef’s knife.  (Use unsalted peanuts for a lower-sodium version.) Chop up 1/2 head of  the Napa cabbage. Then toss the chopped cabbage in a salad bowl with the red bell pepper strips, cilantro, and green onions.
Then add dressing and toss again.  (You may not need all the dressing if you prefer your dressings on the dry side.) Dish out the salad into individual servings; then sprinkle peanuts on each serving.

More Tasty Salads with Napa Cabbage:

Gingered Napa Cabbage Salad from The Perfect Pantry
Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Best Vietnamese Chicken Salad from White on Rice Couple

Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad Dijon-Ginger Dressing on KalynsKitchen.com


Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing

I loved this Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing, and with approved sweetener this tasty salad is low-carb, low-glycemic, Keto, meatless, vegan, and South Beach Diet friendly.


  • 1/2 of large head Napa cabbage, chopped (about 5-6 cups chopped cabbage)
  • 1 red bell pepper, very thinly sliced into same-length slices
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or more; if you’re a cilantro hater I’d use more green onion)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 T rice vinegar (use unseasoned vinegar without added sugar)
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger puree (can also use freshly grated ginger root, but I liked the ginger puree from a jar for this)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard (I think sweet-hot Chinese mustard would also be good)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 T sweetener of your choice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste (I used a very small amount of each)
  • 3 T vegetable oil


  1. Stir together the rice vinegar, grated ginger puree, Dijon mustard, sesame oil (affiliate link), sweetener, salt, and pepper, then whisk in the oil one tablespoon at a time.  Let the dressing sit to develop flavor while you chop the salad ingredients.
  2. Chop 1/2 head Napa cabbage to make 5-6 cups chopped cabbage.  Cut off stem and remove seeds from red bell pepper, then cut into thin slices, trying to make them about the same length.
  3. Thinly slice green onions, chop cilantro, and chop peanuts.
  4. Toss together the chopped napa cabbage, red bell pepper strips, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro in a medium-sized salad bowl.
  5. Add desired amount dressing and toss to coat the salad.  (You may not need all the dressing if you like your salads on the dry side.)  Put salad in individual serving dishes and top each serving with chopped peanuts.
  6. This did not keep particularly well in the fridge, so if you’re not going to eat it all  I would add dressing only to the amount you’re eating.
  7. Then refrigerate the leftover mixture of napa cabbage, red bell peppers, green onions, and chopped cilantro and add the dressing and peanuts when you eat the leftovers.
  8. You could add chopped leftover rotisserie chicken to this salad to make it a more substantial main-dish salad.


This recipe was adapted from Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing is loaded with low-carb and low-glycemic ingredients like cabbage, red bell peppers, and peanuts, making it great for low-carb and Keto diets and every phase of the South Beach Diet.  Be sure to use unseasoned rice vinegar (without sugar).

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    30 Comments on “Low-Carb Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon-Ginger Dressing”

  1. Hey, this does sound good, and I want to make this, except I don't like peanuts. Do you think there are other nuts that would be just as good with this?

  2. Kathleen sounds good. And you probably know this, but I just have to caution you to be sure to keep the dressing you marinate the chicken in separate from the dressing you use on the salad!

  3. I stumpled here from another site, of course… this recipe looks yummy and perfect for dinner. I'll add some grilled chicken that I'll prolly marinate in the dressing first… yum!

  4. Thanks again for the nice feedback about the recipe. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

  5. I usually don't comment until I've actually tried something but this looks so visually pleasing I had to say something! I can't wait to try this!!!! I hope my grocery sells Napa Cabbage. 😉

  6. Oh this is perfect for dinner tonight. I may toss in just a little chicken and then I'm off and running. You have such creative salads. Thank you for the reminder to eat salads that look good to eat!

  7. I'm not usually the biggest fan of cabbage salads but with that ginger-dijon dressing on it…I think I would fall in love.

  8. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback about the recipe. So glad people are liking it.

  9. I love all the flavors in this chopped salad! It looks wonderful.

  10. What a colorful healthy salad. I love napa cabbage in salad because it's milder and softer than regular cabbage. It's also a cruciferous vegetable similar to broccoli and cauliflower but without the strong flavor, so very healthy and kid friendly.

  11. So pretty! I love Napa cabbage with ginger for some reason. Isn't that a random thing to love? But I really do.

  12. This looks amazing! Going out to buy the goodies to make it.

  13. I like the way you chopped the cabbage instead of shredding it. This looks like a "keeper" of a salad!

  14. I love chopped salads. This one, witht eh Asain flavors is going to be lunch next week. Thank you for another fresh idea Kayln.

  15. The dijon-ginger dressing sounds like the perfect flavor to go with the salad. Asian-inspired cabbage salads are one of my favorite ways to eat cabbage.

  16. All my favorite flavors!

  17. It looks delicious. Sans cilantro for me.

  18. This looks delish. Red cabbage, however, has a greater amount of good stuff in it. It also makes for a prettier salad.

  19. Lydia, I have to confess you were one of the people I thought of when I gave that tip about more green onions if you omit the cilantro! I loved this dressing, lots of good flavors.

  20. I love Napa cabbage, because it has almost no calories and it fills you up. It's also more delicate than green cabbage, which I often have to steam to achieve the texture I like. This salad looks wonderful (sans cilantro, for me), and I love the sound of the dijon-ginger dressing.