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

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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.

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