Asian Cabbage Salad

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 is a quick, easy and refreshing salad with cabbage, snap peas and carrots in a savory ponzu dressing.

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.

This Asian Cabbage Salad is a quick, easy and refreshing salad with cabbage, snap peas and carrots in a savory ponzu dressing.

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.

This Asian Cabbage Salad is a quick, easy and refreshing salad with cabbage, snap peas and carrots in a savory ponzu dressing.

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.

This Asian Cabbage Salad is a quick, easy and refreshing salad with cabbage, snap peas and carrots in a savory ponzu dressing.

Yay! More recipe testing means more chances to enjoy the dressing!

Asian Cabbage Salad Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 2 reviews

Cabbage Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces snap peas
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Ponzu Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Ponzu sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Instructions

1

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together. Let set at room temperature while you prepare the salad.

2

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add in the snap peas and cook 2 -3 minutes or just until bright green. Drain and run quickly under cool water.

3

Combine all of the salad ingredients together in a bowl. Toss with dressing and serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Krista
    January 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I have to add this to my menu for this weekend! It looks so good!

  • Reply
    Catalina
    January 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Perfect winter salad! So simple and so tasty!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    January 11, 2018 at 11:25 am

    This looks so good! Great side dish!

  • Reply
    Karlynn
    January 11, 2018 at 11:12 am

    This is a salad I could eat everyday!

  • Reply
    Jacque Hastert
    January 11, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I can’t wait to get the ingredients so I can make this!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    January 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I love those snap peas in there!

  • Reply
    Jen
    January 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I love the idea of adding chicken or shrimp to it. Such a great dinner option!

  • Reply
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 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! :)

  • Reply
    Cookin Canuck
    May 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I am absolutely loving this recipe, Des! I could happily eat this any day of the week.

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