crunchy asian salad

$7.26 recipe / $1.21 serving

I loved eating the teriyaki meatball bowls all week but they desperately need a vegetable side to balance things out. So, I whipped up a quick Asian salad and coated it in the yummy sesame ginger dressing. It was just perfect. The crunchiness of the the cabbage, carrots, and peanuts was such a perfect contrast to the meatballs and rice.

The number of servings that you’ll get out of this recipe will vary greatly depending on the size of your red cabbage. So, I didn’t even measure servings but it looked like somewhere between 6 or 8 servings. You may get more, but I doubt you’d get less because my head of cabbage was one of the smallest I’ve ever seen. Also, I only used about 2/3 of the sesame dressing, so the recipe allows for more if you need it.

Pretty food is so… pretty.

Crunchy Asian Salad

Crunchy Asian Salad

4.0 from 7 reviews
crunchy asian salad
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Total Cost: $7.26
Cost Per Serving: $1.21
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 recipe sesame ginger dressing $2.87
  • 1 small head red cabbage $1.92
  • 2 medium carrots $0.42
  • ½ bunch green onions $0.60
  • ½ bunch cilantro $0.65
  • 1 cup peanuts $0.80
  1. Cut the cabbage into quarters and then cut off the core. Slice crosswise into very thin strips. Also slice the green onions. Peel the carrots and then grate them on a cheese grater. Pull the cilantro leaves from the stems.
  2. Combine the shredded cabbage, green onions, carrots, cilantro, and peanuts in a large bowl and toss to mix. Pour the dressing over top and toss again. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.


Say it with me now… “EEEE-ZEEEEEEE” That’s the way we do it around here.

Crunchy Asian Salad

Step By Step Photos

cut cabbageIf you’ve never cut cabbage into thin strips before, it’s really quite easy. First, cut the cabbage into quarters. Then cut diagonally down from the center of each quarter to remove the core.

shred cabbageI usually cut the quarters into two one more time (to make eight wedges) and then cut across the wedges into thin strips. Presto, you now have shredded cabbage!

Prep vegetablesPrep the rest of the vegetables and add them to a large bowl with the cabbage. I sliced the green onions, pulled the cilantro leaves from the stems (but left them whole for visual effect), and shredded the carrots on a cheese grater because I didn’t want to bother trying to julienne them.

sesame ginger dressingNext comes the delicious dressing! If you’re not up to making your own, there are usually several brands of sesame ginger dressing available at the grocery store.

stir dressingFirst stir the vegetables together, then add the dressing to your liking. I only used about 2/3 of whole batch of dressing.

eat!Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat. I suggest storing the salad in an air-tight container (as opposed to a bowl covered in plastic wrap) because cabbage likes to release a lot of not-so-pretty smelling gasses. Just sayin’. I’ve been there.


  1. Erin says:

    Whoa, this is seriously delicious and I devoured it with the abandon usually reserved for less healthy foods. Even my 18-month-old is bonkers for this and keeps begging “more, more”! The dressing is very forgiving too as I was out of tamari (GF soy sauce alternative) and had to sub GF teriyaki. Also had no tahini but no matter, still tasted great! If you have to use teriyaki, there is generally already sugar and honey in the recipe so you may want to lighten up on the honey in the dressing recipe.

  2. Alexis says:

    Loved this salad I doubled the recipe since I’m vegan and eat a ton of salad so yummy ! :) replaced the cabbage with romaine and replaced the honey in the sauce with sugar vegan it up :) would highly recommend this!!!!

  3. Christine J says:

    My SO made this last night, paired with the honey siracha chicken and it was fantastic. We only tossed what we ate with the dressing so that it wouldn’t get soggy as leftovers. I normally am not a big fan of cabbage, but I couldn’t get enough. I do think it’s a salad for cilantro lovers, which I am.

  4. Bobbi says:

    I’d really like to try a variation on this, because I don’t like cilantro. Do you think it would work with parsley, instead?

    • No, parsley definitely isn’t the right flavor profile here. I think it would still be great without the cilantro and no substitute. The dressing has quite a bit of flavor, so it won’t be bland. :)

    • Erin says:

      My family doesn’t like cilantro (I know, I know) so I threw a large handful of baby arugula in there instead and the peppery crunch plays nicely with the rest of the flavors.

  5. Gordon Wagner says:

    This was inedible. Looked great, but no one on this end enjoyed it. Have a backup meal in mind if you make this.

  6. Jaime says:

    This is fantastic. I was wary about the red cabbage because usually I don’t like it raw but I let it sit in the dressing for a few minutes. The dressing is great as well!

  7. Nela says:

    Thank you Beth for yet another excellent recipe. This salad is part of my regular cuisine. I entertain often and every time I offer this salad, people love it… and I direct them to for more :)

  8. Leah says:

    Not my favorite. It’s not so much the recipe, but the cabbage is so tough that it makes the salad hard to eat. Also I would mix in the peanuts as you need them…they get a little soggy in the fridge.

  9. Jennifer says:

    We made this with sesame chicken and I did slightly change the dressing as I didn’t want to pay $7.00+ dollars for tahini. I used peanut butter and that worked pretty well. Again everyone enjoyed both dishes. I also thought you could turn this into a main dish by adding pineapple, red pepper and some rotisierre chicken (spelling may be off). Like a Tai Chicken salad.

    Thank you again.

  10. Janice says:

    Can you use a Napa cabbage. I’m not a big fan of red cabbage.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This salad was wonderful! I love love colorful plates. I added a cut up grilled pork chop for a complete meal – so good. I used Kraft Asian toasted sesame dressing because it’s my current fav.
    Thank you!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Amazing………..keep ‘em coming!

  13. This salad is freaking amazing. In a quest to eat better and lose some weight, I’ve been eating some boring lunches lately, but I was so looking forward to this that I polished it off by 11:45 AM. I didn’t have tahini for the dressing, but I jsut put an extra splash of sesame oil and it was amazing.

  14. I’ll have to skip the peanuts but I want to make this for my bento! :)

  15. I used this as the first recipe to take my new food processor out for a spin!

    It almost became pesto. But fortunately I stopped myself before the power completely took me over and ended up with a wonderful salad!

  16. I love love love this recipe! I add grilled chicken. Perfect for this summer heat!

  17. added some simple grilled chicken to this and made it a jar salad for work portability – stayed good in my jar for a week!

  18. The colours are really amazing. And the salad looks so delicious

  19. I have been eating this for days. I am obsessed with it! I just finished my last bowl (the sadness) and was waiting all morning until it was long enough past breakfast to justify eating lunch. I could eat this for the rest of my life. THANK YOU!!!!! lol

  20. This salad is really lovely. We had it today. I used Newman’s Own lite sesame ginger dressing. Very nice. Thanks for all of your beautiful, easy, and budget friendly recipes!

  21. Natalie says:

    I will SO be making this – I love a good balanced meal! :) P.S. – You could mix this salad with some cooked noodles and chicken for another complete meal!

  22. Natalie says:

    I will SO be making this – I love a good balanced meal! :) P.S. – You could mix this salad with some cooked noodles and chicken for another complete meal!

  23. I absolutely love that this is a crunch Asian salad without those disgusting little wormy fried noodle things! This looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try that ginger-sesame dressing.

  24. This looks so good, like one of the most visually appealing mayo-free cole slaw recipes I’ve seen. Everything in this salad sounds delicious, and I will definitely have to bookmark this one for later.

  25. Looks fantastic! If you are going to be eating it throughout the week (as it sounds like you do?), would you say that the veggies are robust enough that they can be stored with the dressing, or do you think it’s better to store them separately and put dressing just on how much you’re going to eat at that time? Can’t wait to try it next week!

  26. Melissa – Cashews, almonds, even some shelled edamame!

  27. Looks great! What do you think would be a good substitute for the peanuts?

  28. yum! I love asian inspired coleslaws. So tasty and fresh! I’ve made one similar to this and I just added a little bit of sriracha for some heat! So good!!!

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