This Asian-inspired cabbage salad is made with a rainbow-colored ingredients and creamy ginger peanut dressing. It's easy to make in only 15 minutes when you're craving something fresh and bright.
About This Recipe
This cabbage salad is made with a full rainbow of chopped veggies: carrots, red cabbage, green cabbage and bell pepper. It's tossed in a simple, creamy peanut sauce dressing and topped with crunchy peanuts.
If you're craving some fresh produce, this salad is an easy way to enjoy a bowl full. It's ready in only 15 minutes and 3 simple steps: chop everything, add the dressing, and enjoy!
This salad can be a light lunch, dinner or side dish. You can also make this for meal prep and it will stay good for about 3 days in the fridge.
Cabbage Salad Ingredients
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe. The full recipe and ingredient list can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Red cabbage
- Green cabbage
- Red pepper
- Green onions
- Sesame seeds (optional)
For the Peanut Ginger Dressing:
- Peanut butter
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Sesame oil
- Maple syrup (or honey)
- Ginger powder
How to Make Cabbage Salad
Here's how to make this recipe in 3 simple steps:
- Make the dressing: in a small bowl or jar, stir together the dressing ingredients. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of water, or more, until your dressing reaches your desired thickness. The amount of water you need to add will depend on the type/brand of peanut butter used.
- Mix the salad: add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl: red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, red pepper, green onions, cilantro.
- Serve: drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle the peanuts and sesame seeds (optional) on the salad before serving.
Here's some of the most popular substitutions and additions for this recipe:
- Cilantro: if you don't love cilantro, this recipe is still tasty without it.
- Chicken: this recipe is popular with chicken (shredded or chopped).
- Edamame: edamame is a tasty and high-protein addition to this recipe.
- Peanut butter: smooth, all-natural peanut butters will work best for this recipe; but any creamy peanut butter will work.
- Bell pepper: I've used a red bell pepper but you can use any color.
About The Dressing
The dressing for this salad is a simple, creamy, 6-ingredient peanut sauce. It's so good you'll want to eat it on everything! I use it on many of my salads and also as a dipping sauce.
The peanut sauce keeps this salad light but satisfying and coats it in sweet, nutty, ginger flavor. It's the perfect complement to all the chopped veggies.
Here's a few other popular dressing options for this recipe:
- Lime vinaigrette
- Sesame ginger vinaigrette
- Any peanut sauce or dressing
Frequently Asked Questions
The thickness of your dressing will vary depending on the type/brand of peanut butter that you use. You'll want to add water to your dressing (a little bit at a time) until it reaches your desired thickness.
An all-natural, smooth peanut butter will work best for mixing with the other ingredients; but you can use any type of smooth peanut butter.
You'll want to thinly shred your cabbage for this recipe. You can do this by cutting it into quarters and removing the core and then thinly slicing it. Here's a quick 1 minute video that shows you how.
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Nutrition disclaimer: nutrition information is an estimate to the best of our availability; please note that nutrition information will vary based on the exact products and quantities used.