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Crunchy Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Soy-Ginger Dressing is an easy, seasonal side dish or entrée. We love that it uses a whole head of cabbage and can be prepared in advance for a week of lunches or dinner salads. If you’re prepping ahead, you’ll want to get everything chopped and toasted and mix up the dressing. Store the veggies, dressing, and crunchy toppings separately and combine them just before serving so they don’t get soggy.

Looking for more inspiration to try this great recipe? Check out our Quick Bites video about it, which includes more information on seasonal daikon radishes that you may choose to include.

Crunchy Cabbage Salad


  • 1 head green or napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons Soy-Ginger Dressing (see below)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted*
  • ½ cup sesame seeds, toasted*
  • ½ cup chopped almonds, toasted*

Additional Toppings (choose one):

  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1-2 packages ramen noodles, toasted*
  • 1 cup finely julienned carrot, jicama, or kohlrabi
  • ½ cup sliced radishes


In a large bowl, combine the cabbage and green onions. Add carrot, jicama, kohlrabi, or radishes, if using.

Add 5 tablespoons of Soy-Ginger Dressing and toss to coat. Add sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chopped almonds, and any additional ingredients. Toss to combine.

*To toast the sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and ramen (if using), heat them in a dry skillet or bake at 325°F, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown and become fragrant, 5–10 minutes. If using ramen noodles, discard the seasoning packet and break up the noodles first.

Soy-Ginger Dressing


  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar*
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce**


In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together until combined.

Serve with Crunchy Cabbage Salad or the salad of your choice, or use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

*White wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar may be substituted.

**Chili garlic sauce can be found in the Asian food section of most grocery stores. One common name is sambal oelek.