This bright and flavorful Green Cabbage Asian slaw is the perfect side dish for stir-fries or Summer grilling. Naturally mayo-free, it’s healthy, delicious and filling.
Cabbage is not the sexiest vegetable in the world but it remains a regular in our recipe rotation all year round. Not only is it extremely versatile but it is low calorie and packed in fiber so you can eat a giant bowl without an ounce of guilt! My Asian Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Scallions is the perfect balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy.
Fresh herbs bring it all together and toasted nut and sesame seeds make you want to keep going back for more. And frankly, once you realize how many health benefits a serving of cabbage provides, you’ll be glad you did!
What health benefits does cabbage have?
- Excellent source of Vitamin A, C, B and E.
- Inhibits ulcers and infections.
- Contains indoles, a powerful compound proven to reduce the risk of cancer. Green cabbage, savoy in particular, contain a good amount of sinigrin, a form of glucosinolate which has been shown to fight cancer. Specifically, research shows that they are powerful in preventing colon, prostate and bladder cancer.
- Cabbage is a muscle builder, blood cleanser and eye strengthener.
- Readily available and easy to grow.
- Rich in iron and sulfur, vital digestive cleansers.
- Extremely versatile and works well with various flavors.
- Very low calorie.
- Cabbage contains polyphenols which help regulate our inflammatory system and prevent chronic inflammation.
This slaw is the perfect alternative to the traditional mayo-laden side dish found in deli counters and BBQ’s throughout America.
Can I use red cabbage instead of green?
Red cabbage would be excellent but I would probably do a combo of red + green and maybe even add shredded carrots. Red cabbage is a bit bitter but I love it and it offers even more health benefits than green!
Can the slaw be dressed in advance without wilting?
Yes! Cabbage is sturdy enough that it won’t wilt.
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Green Cabbage Asian Slaw
- 1/2 green cabbage thinly sliced - savoy and napa work well
- 1/2 cup scallions thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds or roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons black roasted sesame seeds optional garnish
- Add cabbage, scallions, cilantro and mint to a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette and drizzle over the slaw. Toss well, check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
- Sprinkle toasted almonds on slaw before serving.
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