This Asian Cabbage Salad is a quick, easy and refreshing salad with cabbage, snap peas and carrots in a savory ponzu dressing.
This recipe was originally posted in 2014, photos updated in 2018.
Now that the new year has begun, I am all about the big salads. Lunches are just begging to be big salads. Whether it be a crispy chickpea & arugula salad, a tarragon shrimp salad or this Asian Cabbage Salad, I cannot get enough.
This Asian Cabbage Salad has become one of my go to when I’m looking for something a bit different. It comes together so easy. Just a quick cook of the snap peas. Mix it all together, pour the dressing over the top and voila! A super delicious salad that is perfect as a dinner side dish or a light lunch.
If you aren’t sure what ponzu is, it is a citrus based sauce that is popular in Japanese cooking. I have loved using it as a dip for years. I like dipping potstickers or egg rolls in it. But until recently, I never really thought to use it as a dressing. I’m not quite sure why. I mean it says dressing on the side of the bottle. I did doctor it up a bit for this recipe. Instead of using it straight out of the bottle I mix in a little sesame oil, sesame seeds and garlic powder. It just adds a nutty, garlicky flavor to the citrus sauce and works very well as a salad dressing. And as much as I enjoyed the crisp fresh veggies, I must say that the dressing is my favorite part.
I’m not going to lie, I actually made the salad a second time in as many days just so I could have an excuse to make the dressing again. It is that good.
And now that I’m thinking about it, I think I might try to make this into a meal by adding some shredded cooked chicken, or maybe even some shrimp.
Yay! More recipe testing means more chances to enjoy the dressing!
KristaJanuary 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm
I have to add this to my menu for this weekend! It looks so good!
CatalinaJanuary 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm
Perfect winter salad! So simple and so tasty!
Amy @ Little Dairy on the PrairieJanuary 11, 2018 at 11:25 am
This looks so good! Great side dish!
KarlynnJanuary 11, 2018 at 11:12 am
This is a salad I could eat everyday!
Jacque HastertJanuary 11, 2018 at 10:19 am
I can’t wait to get the ingredients so I can make this!
AmandaJanuary 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm
I love those snap peas in there!
JenJanuary 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm
I love the idea of adding chicken or shrimp to it. Such a great dinner option!
Nami | Just One CookbookMay 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm
Hope all is well with you and your baby (thinking of you!). I love ponzu, too, and immediately had to check this recipe. Looks so refreshing and delicious – perfect summer salad! :)
Cookin CanuckMay 18, 2014 at 11:49 am
I am absolutely loving this recipe, Des! I could happily eat this any day of the week.
DesereeMay 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Thanks Dara! :)