Asian Cabbage Salad

My Asian Cabbage Salad brings together the crispness of shredded cabbage and the delightful crunch of almonds, all drizzled in a sweet and tangy Japanese-style vinaigrette dressing! If you’re looking for a quick and healthy cabbage salad bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, this recipe is your go-to choice. It’s a refreshing twist with a sweet and savory flavor profile, perfect as a side dish or a light meal!

Homemade Asian style dressing being poured onto a bowl of Cabbage Salad.

Why I Love This Recipe

What sets my Asian Cabbage Salad is its simplicity and vibrant flavors! This Asian-inspired dish is all about fresh, shredded cabbage combined with sliced almonds, creating a satisfying crunch. I combine all that with a sweet and tangy Japanese-style vinaigrette dressing elevates the dish, making it a perfect side or light meal option. It’s not just a salad, it’s a delightful blend of textures and tastes, suitable for anyone seeking a quick and healthy bite!

It’s a delightful twist from my Japanese Cabbage Salad, with a more sweet and savory flavor profile. Whether you serve it as a side dish or enjoy it as a light meal, this Asian Cabbage Salad is sure to impress. So, let’s dive in and savor the simplicity and sensational flavors of this salad!



  • Cabbage – green or red cabbage.
  • Almonds – unsalted sliced Dry Roasted Almonds.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Rice VinegarRice Vinegar distilled from rice used in Asian cuisine. Can sub with distilled white vinegar.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.

Additional Toppings

Feel free to add additions like Carrots, Chicken or Soy Sauce Flavored Noodles to create a satisfying and personalized dish.

🥬 Cabbage Pro Tip

For a time-saving solution, opt for store-bought Pre-Shredded Cabbage. It simplifies the preparation process.

🥬 Cabbage Ingredient Note

While the recipe traditionally features green cabbage, it’s worth noting that you can also use Red Cabbage or even a combination of both varieties.

Asian Cabbage Salad topped with sliced almonds and green onions.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Shred cabbage using a mandolin cutter or use pre-shredded cabbage.

Shredded cabbage.

Step 2 Top the cabbage with sliced almonds, green onions, and any other desired toppings, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Shredded cabbage mixed with nuts.

Step 3 Whisk together cooking oil, rice vinegar, sweetener, soy sauce, salt, and black pepper to create the dressing.

Dressing for Asian cabbage salad.

🥄 Dissolving Sweetener Pro Tip

Warm the rice vinegar in the Microwave for 10-15 Seconds before mixing it with the sweetener. This helps the sweetener dissolve more effectively.

Step 4 When you’re ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and serve.

Asian cabbage salad served in a bowl.

🍴 Serving Pro Tip

After dressing is mixed with the cabbage, the texture of the cabbage will become softer, so it’s best to Toss Only the Portion You Plan to Consume immediately.

Paring Recommendations

You can enhance your meal by serving it with stir-fry dishes like Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry, as they complement the salad’s flavors perfectly. Alternatively, consider pairing it with my Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice or Spam Fried Rice, both delicious fried rice dishes that add a satisfying element to your meal. To complete your dining experience, add a serving of Japanese Chicken Soup, known for its delicate flavor, which pairs exceptionally well with the salad’s sweet savory dressing.

Asian Cabbage Salad topped with sliced almonds and green onions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the salad stay fresh after dressing it?

It will retain its texture for about 10-15 minutes.

Can I substitute almonds with other nuts or seeds?

Yes, you can. Nuts are more for texture rather than the taste.

Can I make the dressing in advance and store it separately?

Yes, you can. The dressing will hold in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Storage Tips

Store the cabbage and dressing separately in airtight containers. The cabbage will stay crisp for 2-3 days in the fridge, while the dressing can last between 7-10 days.

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Asian Cabbage Salad topped with sliced almonds and green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks, top down.

Asian Cabbage Salad

Try the delightful flavors of my Asian Cabbage Salad, a crunchy and healthy recipe that combines shredded cabbage, sliced almonds, and a sweet vinaigrette dressing for a delightful and vibrant salad.
4.67 from 12 votes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian cabbage salad recipe, cabbage salad with almonds, ramen Asian salad cabbage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 104kcal





  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Asian cabbage salad.
  • Shred cabbage with a shredder. Transfer to mixing bowl.
    Shredded cabbage.
  • Chop green onions and add on top of cabbage along with sliced almonds.
    Shredded cabbage mixed with nuts.
  • Add rice vinegar, vegetable oil, sweetener, soy sauce, salt and black pepper into mixing bottle or a mixing bowl. Shake/mix well and set aside.
    Dressing for Asian cabbage salad.
  • Once ready to serve, mix dressing well, pour and toss with cabbage salad. Transfer to individual serving bowls. Note - cabbage will lose it's crunchiness once tossed in dressing.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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