Asian inspired Red cabbage salad

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?

Probably this is 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.

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 for Asian slaw?

The best way to cut cabbage is to cut the whole head into four parts and then remove each part’s core. Then, remove the outer leaves that look wilted or have dark spots on them and thinly slice each quart.

A small trick to make the most of red cabbage’s excellent properties is to let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes after you cut it. This activates its potent antioxidants, the power that makes it a SUPERFOOD.

Bunch of basil for the red cabbage slaw


  • Red cabbage, look for a cabbage head that is heavy and firm. The fresher, the better the salad will taste.
  • Basil, like cabbage, uses the freshest basil leaves you can find. If you do not have it, you can substitute mint or cilantro.
  • The idea is that the salad has something crunchy in each bite and boosts its nutritional benefits for cashews (affiliate link), peanuts, and almonds (affiliate link).

  • 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.
  • Maple or agave syrup. You need a touch of sweetness to balance everything out.

How to make the Asian red cabbage salad?

What I usually do is that I cut all of my red cabbage and place it in a bowl. Then I prepare the rest of the ingredients for the salad. I mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl, chop the cashews (affiliate link), and cut the basil.

Then I add the dressing to the red cabbage and mix, and to finish it, I top it with chopped cashews and basil. Taste and adjust 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

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Asian red cabagge salad

Alejandra Graf
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.
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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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