Green Cabbage Asian Slaw

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.

adding toasted almonds to a veggie slaw

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.

closeup of asian veggie slaw

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!

Why is cabbage good for you?

  • Excellent source of Vitamin A, C, B, and E.
  • Inhibits ulcers and infections.
  • It 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 that 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 BBQs throughout America.

Liz Tossing Slaw

What’s different between red and green cabbage?

Red cabbage is a bit bitter and it offers even more health benefits than green!

Can slaw be dressed in advance without wilting?

Yes! Cabbage is sturdy enough that it won’t wilt.

Your fork is waiting.

Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe 1

Green Cabbage Asian Slaw

4.45 stars average
This bright and flavorful Green Cabbage Asian slaw is the perfect side dish for stir-fries or Summer grilling. Naturally mayo-free.
PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


Asian slaw:

  • ½ green cabbage (thinly sliced – savoy and napa work well)
  • ½ cup scallions (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint (minced)
  • ¼ cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds (or roasted peanuts)
  • 2 tablespoons black roasted sesame seeds (optional garnish)

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette


  • 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.


Serving size will vary depending on the size of your cabbage head. In fact, 1/4 of the dish will most likely be more than 2 cups of slaw. Slaw can be dressed well in advance because the cabbage is sturdy enough that it won’t wilt. Great for parties!


Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 15.5gProtein: 4.7gFat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.2gSodium: 324mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 9.6g

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38 thoughts on “Green Cabbage Asian Slaw”

  1. Cabbage is such an underappreciated veggie, but I am a huge fan. I tend to do more purple cabbage (so yummy in salads), but green is fabulous too! Love everything about this Asian inspired slaw-yum!!!

  2. I have to say, cabbage is one of my favorite veggies and your salad is incredibly appealing! Love all the fresh herbs and the vinaigrette sounds marvelously tasty.

  3. Liz,
    My daughter has a cabbage preference–Savoy–which tickles me to no end. We like it lightly sautéed and salted most often, but I’ve been experimenting and this fresh slaw looks pretty tasty too.


  4. Perfection salad….Could I possibly use red cabbage…or would this throw your exquisite offering off-kilter?!….Loving the black sesame seeds …textures going on here…

    1. 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!

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