Asian-inspired Red cabbage salad

This red cabbage salad recipe is one of the yummiest recipes I've tried. The best thing is that besides being delish it is super easy to make and mega nutritious.

This delicious red cabbage salad with Asian-inspired flavors is sure to put a smile on your face. Its explosion of flavor with every bite and numerous health benefits make it a great dish to enjoy on its own or as a side with your favorite Asian cuisine.

Asian red cabbage salad in a bowl, nex to a bowl of cashews and basil.

Why will you love this salad?

This is probably one of the salads I eat the most during the summer. It is simple, delicious, and unique as is or as a side dish. You should try it with steamed rice or noodles; it is AMAZING.

red cabbage benefits

Red cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, is a nutritious vegetable that offers many health benefits. It belongs to the cruciferous family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

Red cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C and K and a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. Additionally, red cabbage contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Some studies have even suggested that red cabbage may have anti-cancer properties, making it a healthy addition to any diet.Besides, red cabbage or purple cabbage is within the cruciferous family and has excellent health properties; it is amazing in fighting against cancer.

a red cabbage cut in fourths

How to cut red cabbage?

To make a delicious slaw, it’s essential to cut the cabbage correctly. Begin by dividing the entire head of cabbage into four equal parts. Next, remove the core from each part. After that, discard any outer leaves that appear wilted or have dark spots on them. Finally, take each quarter of cabbage and slice it thinly. This method will ensure that your slaw has the perfect texture and taste.

A simple trick to fully utilize the excellent properties of red cabbage is to let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes after cutting. This activates its powerful antioxidants, making it a true SUPERFOOD.

Frequently asked questions

Bunch of basil for the red cabbage slaw


  • Red cabbage, When selecting a cabbage for salad, choose one that is heavy and firm for optimal freshness and taste.
  • Basil, When making cabbage salad, it’s best to use fresh basil. Alternatively, you can use mint or cilantro as a substitute.
  • Cashews. The idea is that the salad has something crunchy in each bite and boosts its nutritional benefits for cashews, peanuts, and almonds.
  • Soy sauce you like best; you can also use tamari or aminos.
  • Toasted sesame oil, I am always asked if it has to be toasted, and the answer is no. But if you want that depth of flavor, only toasted seeds have, use roasted sesame.
  • Rice vinegar is better to use without seasoning so that you can have total control of the amount of salt you want, but the same as with soy sauce, use the one you have at home. In a pinch you could use apple cider vinegar.
  • Maple or agave syrup. You need a touch of sweetness to balance everything out.

How to make the Asian red cabbage salad?

Typically, I begin by slicing all of the red cabbage and putting it in a bowl. After that, I prepare the other ingredients for the salad. I combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl, chop the cashews, and slice the basil.

First, I finely shred the red cabbage and mix it with a tangy dressing, ensuring that every piece is evenly coated. Then, I sprinkle in a generous amount of freshly chopped cashews, adding a delightful crunch to every bite.

Finally, I garnish the dish with a fragrant touch of basil, elevating its flavors and presenting it as a colorful and appetizing dish. Before serving, I always take a moment to taste and adjust the seasoning, ensuring that every element of the dish is perfectly balanced.t the flavors if needed.

How to eat the slaw?

So if you want to use this salad as a side dish, it would be perfect with anything you like. You can also eat it on steamed rice or quinoa and add more vegetables to make a Budha bowl, for example. It is also delicious with Thai basil lentils or spring rolls.

asian red cabbage slaw with basil and cashews

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Asian red cabagge salad

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This red cabbage salad recipe is one of the yummiest recipes I've tried. The best thing is that besides being delish it is super easy to make and mega nutritious.
5 de 2 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4 people
Calories 192 kcal



  • 3 cups sliced red cabbage
  • 3/4 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  • Add the sliced purple cabbage to a bowl.
    In a separate bowl mix the soy sauce, the sesame oil, the rice vinegar and the maple syrup. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Add the dressing to the sliced red cabbage and mix. Top with the basil and cashews.



This salad is best eaten immediately. If you have leftovers, store them in a glass container for one or two days.
This recipe is adapted from the “Dharma Feast Cookbook”


Serving: 1gCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 523mgPotassium: 312mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 982IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Asian dressing, purple cabagge, red cabbage salad, red cabbage slaw


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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