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.
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.
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.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THE Asian red cabbage SALAD
- 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.
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Asian red cabagge salad
- Salad bowl
- 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.
Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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