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Get ready to love this simple 30-minute meal. The flavors of this Asian Cabbage Salad are truly delicious and unique. The combination of the peanut butter, lime, and mandarin oranges create a flavor sensation that is unlike anything that you’ve ever created at home.

Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to share why this recipe is one of my favorites, answer some frequently asked questions and give you some variation ideas that I know work great!

What I love most about this simple salad recipe is that it’s fast to make and perfect for any time of year. My family and friends are always head over heels for the flavor of this recipe whenever I make it for them!

This is the perfect salad recipe that can be the main meal by itself or an easy side dish to accompany a lunch or dinner entree. Since there is hardly any type of real cooking involved in this simple salad recipe, it’s truly a breeze to make!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy salad recipe that offers a crunchy texture and wonderful peanut taste, this is the one for you!

Asian Cabbage Salad in white pan

The great part about making a salad using cabbage is that it never loses its crunch. This means that no matter what toppings that you add, it’s going to be able to hold its own and taste great. Even if you eat it as leftovers!

And if you’re a fan of easy and tasty dishes, make certain that you don’t miss out on this Healthy 30 Minute Instant pot Chicken & Avocado Salad! I love this salad recipe so much as well!

Asian Cabbage Salad Ingredients

To get started, just gather up the list of simple ingredients below. There’s a good chance that you have most of these ingredients on hand, but double check in case you need to get something from the store. I like to have everything I need to make this salad in stock so i can make it anytime!

Spicy Peanut Dressing Ingredients: 

  • All-natural peanut butter
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Tamari, coconut aminos, or soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Fresh ginger
  • Cloves garlic
  • Liquid from Mandarin oranges

Salad Ingredients:

  • Green cabbage
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Red bell peppers
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Toasted peanuts
  • Sugar-free Mandarin oranges
  • White sesame seeds 

One of my favorite things about this salad is that I can get so many of these ingredients from my garden! If you have a garden, you may already have much of this available. If not, you’d be amazed at how easy it is to grow green onions, cilantro and carrots! Even if you need to grow them in containers!

Frequently Asked Questions About Asian Cabbage Salad

How do you store leftover salad?

The great part about using cabbage for this salad recipe is that it’s such a good food to eat the next day. This is because cabbage doesn’t get soggy or “slimy” like lettuce tends to.

All you need to do is put this salad in a container with a lid and keep it stored in your fridge. It will last for several days and be a super simple leftover to eat again and again.

Can you eat cabbage raw in a salad?

Absolutely. Cabbage is great to eat raw and this goes for red cabbage as well as green cabbage, too. Keep in mind though that if you ever want to use cabbage for other dinner options, you can easily sauté it up for a great flavor, too!

What goes well with cabbage?

This is why I love cabbage so much! It’s great on its own or it goes perfectly with all types of meat. I’ve eaten this with chicken and beef and it pairs perfectly every single time.

Should you wash cabbage?

Yes, always wash cabbage. Since you’re going to be cutting into it, go ahead and give it a good rinse and make certain that it’s clean. You never know where the dirt is going to be hiding so it’s just a good idea to clean the cabbage, especially since you’re going to be enjoying it raw.

Can you make this recipe with lettuce instead of cabbage?

Of course! Just keep in mind that it’s going to have a different texture and the salad will become soggier as leftovers.

Can you use bagged cabbage for this recipe?

Yes! In a pinch, you can absolutely use bagged shredded cabbage for this recipe! Sometimes the bag will say that it’s for coleslaw. It will work great! Fresh cabbage does taste better though!

Variations for Asian Cabbage Salad

The other reason that I make this salad recipe all the time is that it’s super versatile and easy to change up.

You can opt to make your own dressing per the recipe below or easily just use a store-bought one that you love as well.

I also think that it’s fun to change up the fruit that is used in this recipe. I’ve made this with strawberries as well and different types of nuts. Pecans and walnuts go really well when you’re using strawberries!

You can also top it with your favorite protein. Chicken works great!


Asian Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut and Ginger Dressing

Asian Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut and Ginger Dressing

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This cabbage salad recipe is so fast and easy to make! Best of all, it refrigerates well so you can enjoy left overs or make it ahead of time!


Spicy Peanut Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of all-natural peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon of sriracha sauce
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon of tamari
  • 1½ Tablespoon of honey
  • 2 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup of liquid from Mandarin oranges

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups of red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 green onions (green parts only), sliced
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup of toasted peanuts, chopped
  • 10 ounce can sugar-free Mandarin oranges (packed in juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon of white sesame seeds


  1. Wash and prep all your ingredients.
  2. Make your dressing. Mix the vinegar, peanut butter, sesame oil, and sriracha sauce in a skillet over medium heat. Add salt and pepper. Stir until the peanut butter melts. Approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the rest of the dressing ingredients. Simmer and stir occasionally until heated. Take off heat and set to the side but keep warm. Approximately 1-2 minutes.
  4. Mix together the shredded green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, green onion, and fresh cilantro. Add salt and pepper and drizzle on the peanut dressing. Toss to mix.
  5. Put the salad in a fun bowl and top with the sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, and Mandarin oranges. Serve with peanut dressing on the side.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 492Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 786mgCarbohydrates 81gFiber 8gSugar 66gProtein 11g

Nutritional information is an estimate only and is auto generated. Please consult the nutritional information on the ingredients you use for exact nutritional information.

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Now that you know how simple and easy this recipe is to make, it’s time to make a plan to put this on your meal planning menu. With all the awesome flavors of this dish, it’s the perfect dinner recipe for everyone in the family.

I love to make this salad recipe at least once a month as it’s a delicious and healthy salad recipe for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Don’t forget to pair up this 30-minute salad recipe with this super simple refrigerator cake with graham crackers!

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