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It’s starting to feel like summer here in Minnesota, and after a particularly rough winter, to say that I’m excited about it is a major under-statement! Of course, warm weather and sun always feels good, but it’s also the time of year that I start to crave light and refreshing recipes, like this simple oriental Asian cabbage salad recipe! Not only is this shredded cabbage salad full of flavor, but it’s a HEALTHY cabbage salad, too. It’s keto, low carb, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole30… do you need me to keep going here?!
Even better is that it couldn’t be easier to make! It takes 5 minutes. Seriously, 5 minutes. Like most cabbage salad recipes, this one gets better after the cabbage and dressing sit together for a few hours, so make it in the morning and spend the rest of the day outside – it will be ready and waiting for you whenever you return from your summer fun.
The flavors in this shredded cabbage salad are definitely Asian and pair well with easy meals like Hunan beef, but — just like with kani salad — it’s the type of dish that can really go with just about anything. It would be perfect for a party, or as a side dish to your favorite grilled dinners.
How To Make Simple Oriental Asian Cabbage Salad Recipe
This healthy Asian shredded cabbage salad comes together in just two simple steps and five minutes!
#1: Whisk together the Asian salad dressing.
#2: Mix together the simple cabbage salad ingredients and toss with the dressing.
TIP: To make a creamy cabbage salad dressing version, simply whisk in a tablespoon or two of avocado oil mayonnaise into the dressing.
Are Cabbage Salads Healthy?
Yes, simple cabbage salads are healthy! Not only is this a keto cabbage salad, but it’s also paleo, gluten-free, AND packed with fresh vegetables.
Cabbage (in the cruciferous veggie family) has a slew of health benefits. It’s full of many different nutrients and vitamins; and rich in phytonutrients, which can help lower inflammation and lower risk of cancer. It’s safe to say that it’s definitely a vegetable you should be including in your diet on a regular basis. (It’s recommend to eat cruciferous vegetables several times a week – not a problem with this delicious oriental cabbage salad!)
Now, if you’re like me, plain cabbage can taste a little boring, so it definitely needs some flavor. Don’t worry, the easy dressing in this Asian style cabbage salad will solve that problem!
What Cabbage To Use For Salads?
You can use a variety of shredded cabbages for salads. In this green cabbage salad we’re obviously using a base of green cabbage. I opted to use a prepared coleslaw mix, to save some time on chopping. If you’re short on time, I would recommend it as it means you can make this salad in just 5 minutes!
You can also easily shred your own cabbage if you prefer. Shredded green cabbage works really well with this salad. If you use a more delicate cabbage like napa or savoy, it won’t stand up to the dressing as well so you’d want to serve it right away. They would both be tasty alternatives to green cabbage.
Can You Make Healthy Cabbage Salad Ahead?
Yes, you can – and should – make cabbage salad ahead of time. Because cabbage is not quite as tender as lettuce, you don’t have to worry about the cabbage wilting or getting soggy if it sits in the dressing. In fact, most coleslaws should be tossed together and chilled for at least 30 minutes.
You can, of course, serve it right away, but the flavors will intensify and the cabbage will break down a bit if you let it “marinate” for a little while.
For a simple raw cabbage salad recipe like this one, I would recommend making it a few hours in advance. If you need to make it a day or two in advance, you can make the dressing and prep all of the vegetables, but don’t toss everything together until the day you’re going to serve it.
More Healthy Salad Recipes
If you’ve been here a while, you should know that low carb salads are a delicious and healthy way to eat more vegetables, and round out a low carb or keto meal. And don’t worry, I don’t do boring salads here! These are full of flavor and perfect for enjoying all summer long…
- Italian Marinated Artichoke Salad
- Low Carb Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- Caprese Salad Skewers with Pesto + Bacon
- Mexican Cabbage Coleslaw
And if you’re making this Asian salad, pair it with Asian chicken soup – just swap shirataki noodles for the brown rice noodles to make it low carb.
Tools To Make Oriental Cabbage Salad
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- Glass Bowl Set – I love that these glass bowls can be used for both mixing and serving. We use them daily in our house.
- Chef’s Knife – A good knife will make chopping quick and easy. And this one is really affordable for the quality.
- Food Processor – If you want to make your own shredded cabbage for this salad, I highly recommend using a food processor.
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Asian Cabbage Salad Recipe
Learn how to make a simple Oriental Asian cabbage salad recipe in just 5 minutes! It's a HEALTHY (keto, paleo) shredded cabbage salad, full of flavor.
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Asian Salad Dressing:
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In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos or soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
Add the coleslaw mix, bell pepper, green onions, and sunflower seeds. Stir until well coated.
Serve immediately, or if you have time, refrigerate for 1 hour to intensify flavors.
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Serving size: 1 cup
For a sweeter dressing, add honey (regular or sugar-free honey) or powdered sweetener of choice to the dressing, to taste.
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Recipe says serving size is 1 cup, but doesn’t say how many servings the recipe produces. Please advise – I want to make a large amount for a potluck.
Thanks. Love your recipes!
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Lois, This recipe makes 6 servings. You can find that information at the top of the recipe card.
I had no idea what coconut aminos were but made this recipe anyhow. I left out the bell pepper and green onion, added some feta (crumbled small), and used a light hand with the salt. The result was very good.
What is Asian salad dressing ?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Barbara, You can find the recipe for the salad dressing in the recipe card.
This is about the 4th or 5th recipe I’ve tried from Maya and they are all SOOOO delicious. I added in chicken breast to make it a meal and it definitely hit the spot.
I left out sesame seeds and scallions but added red onions and bacon. It is delicious.
Thank you for the recipes, they are great. Jim!
Usually we don’t like Asian style dressings but this one is a keeper. Delicious recipe and I forgot the seeds. I made my own blend with kale, cabbage and 2 small carrots. Hubby ask to put this salad on rotation…. thanks
Great simple low carb salad. Easy to spruce up if you want it loaded, or as is for a simple side salad. Biggest grievance is that there is olive oil! I understand the need/want for a carrier oil, but olive oil does not fit the flavor profile for this recipe. Maybe use avocado oil, or my personal go-tos: sunflower or safflower oil. Just stick with something more neutral than olive oil. I honestly just use only sesame oil instead of a carrier and sesame because I enjoy that stronger flavor. Anyways, overall a good recipe!
Hi. This is a great recipe and a nice change from a mayo dressing, and I love that it doesn’t have sugar. I didn’t have sunflower seeds so added both roasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds. Came out great. Husband loved it too.
I so wanna make this for the family (trying to sneak in more good keto food) anyway what would you recommend as a good replacement for the sunflower seeds, my husband is allergic? I would like to keep the recipe as close to yours as possible. Thank s for your time.
I’m very excited to make this -it looks soo good!
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Lianne, Pepitas work great or slivered almonds if you would rather try a nut for a topping.
Hi Maya, Can you tell me what ingredients go in your coleslaw mix. I’m in the Uk, so our per-prepared items are different.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Bewlbridge, Coleslaw mix is thinly shredded cabbage (purple, green, or a mix of both) and shredded carrots.
Thank you so much. Keep posting wonderful recipes that inspire us all!
Hi, I love this recipe. I sometimes use this as a dressing for hotdogs. Instead of Avocado mayo, can I just use Kraft real mayo? Thanks in advance for your reply.
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Valerie, I’m glad you like the recipe! Yes, you can use any mayo you like, but most commercial mayonnaise has gmo oils, and some have added sugar, so it’s a personal choice what kind of mayo you want to use.
I’ve made this recipe over 20 times and followed it exactly. It is perfection! Initially did soy sauce but now prefer the Coconut Aminos — great flavor and worth buying (Trader Joe’s!). The only revision I made was using a blend of “greens” from Trader Joe’s called “cruciferous crunch” which is a blend of cabbages, kale and brussel sprouts — it stands up perfectly to the dressing and doesn’t get too soggy! I also find making it in a large wooden salad bowl seems to help the dressing adhere better than my glass mixing bowl. Goes great with a side of fresh salmon also!
Thanks again for the great recipe!
Made this as a side dish and the family LOVED it. Had it the next day with some Chicken added to it and it was even better the next day.!!!!
I just read this recipe, want to try it now. I don’t have coconut aminos(never heard of them!), will it still taste good without?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Lisa, Coconut aminos is a replacement for soy sauce, and pretty important for the flavor of the recipe. If you don’t have it, you can get it using the link on the recipe card, but if you don’t mind using soy sauce, you can substitute that instead.
Asian-style cabbage salads are my favorite! They usually contain loads of sugar though, so I love this low sugar option. It is still so flavorful.
Yum! Just made this for lunch. We like spice so I kicked it up a notch with red pepper flakes and ground ginger in the dressing. Finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for aesthetics and some slivered black pepper almonds just cause we had ’em. 😉 Loved it. Would be great without any tweaking. Thanks!
So many good ingredients in this salad. I have made asian salads before, but I haven’t tried adding sunflower seeds to it. Such a good idea and a way to get some extra protein and healthy fats.
Love how simple and healthy this recipe is! Can’t wait to make it this summer at a BBQ!
The asian salad was sooo delicious! And I’m so happy that I made a ton of it and I’m planning to have it for lunch for a couple days this week. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
I love all of these colors and ingredients!
I love that you use coconut aminos in your dressing! It was really good with the rice vinegar, too. Definitely love this salad!
This is a great salad for summer BBQs.
Wow, love how this is ready in 5 minutes with so many fresh flavors and gorgeous colors! Perfect for summer parties.