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Overhead shot of a portion of Asian Cabbage Salad in a white bowl

Asian Cabbage Slaw

This crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad makes the perfect light and refreshing salad for spring and summer potlucks, barbecues and parties. It's so easy to make with shredded mixed cabbage, edamame, fresh herbs all tossed in a sweet and savory sesame ginger dressing. Gluten-free, low carb, vegan and easily, paleo, low carb, keto and Whole30 compliant.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword asian cabbage salad, asian cabbage slaw, cabbage salad, cabbage slaw, chinese cabbage salad, chinese cabbage slaw, salad healthy, salads green
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 268 kcal
Author Kelly



  • ½ small head of Napa cabbage finely chopped (about 3 cups), can also sub with green savoy cabbage if preferred)
  • ½ small head purple / red cabbage finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper very thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 1 cup frozen and thawed shelled edamame , omit for paleo and Whole30 or sub with snap peas.
  • 2 green onions finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 2 tablespoons cashews toasted
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ cup fresh or packaged + drained Mandarin oranges, , omit for strict keto.


  • ¼ cup coconut vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup , may sub with sugar-free sticky liquid sweetener for a low sugar option. Omit for Whole30
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos can sub gluten-free tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon creamy cashew butter or nut butter
  • ½ tablespoon fresh grated ginger


  1. Prepare the cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, green onions and cilantro by chopping or shredding them.

    Place them into a large bowl then add the edamame.

    Ingredients side-by-side in a clear mixing bowl to make Asian Chopped Salad: Edamame, grated carrots, Napa cabbage, purple cabbage, herbs and red bell peppers
  2. In a medium bowl or jar, whisk or shake together the dressing ingredients.
    45 degree view of blended sesame dressing in a glass jar with a spoon
  3. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Taste and add more dressing as needed.

    Add the almonds, sesame seeds, Mandarin oranges, and more green onions and cilantro and give the salad a final, light toss.

    Chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes for best results, before serving.

    Overhead shot of a portion of Asian Cabbage Salad in a white bowl

Recipe Notes

Store dressing separately from salad if possible. Refrigerate everything in airtight containers for 1-2 days.

Nutrition Facts
Asian Cabbage Slaw
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.