FREE Healthy Recipe: Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

One of the best things about a cabbage salad is that it gets better with time!

Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrots and snow peas hold up well even after being tossed with dressing. Most salads will become soggy and wilt, but not this one! That’s why this salad is great to make at the beginning of the week to put in lunches or take with you on trips or picnics. Not only is that salad easy to make and simple to preserve, it is also packed with nutrition.

This Chinese cabbage belongs to a large class of leafy/flower head vegetables which includes kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

For one, napa cabbage is low in calories but high in vitamin K, vitamin C and folates. In fact, in a 100g serving, napa has 38% of your RDA levels of vitamin K, 45% vitamin C and 20% of your folates. As you know, vitamin K plays a vital role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone cells.

In addition, it is a very natural source of electrolytes – like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron and magnesium.

With all these vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (yes, there’s antioxidants in napa too!) stowed away in each serving of napa cabbage, it’s one vegetable that should be on regular rotation in any household.

Finally, by finishing off this recipe with some fresh herbs such as cilantro and basil – it provides this salad with a nice lightness and contrast as well as some more vitamins and minerals such as manganese and vitamin C. [1]

So the next time you are preparing meals for the week or planning a picnic or backyard BBQ – whip out this recipe and wow your guests!

algaecal free healthy recipe

photo by veggchef.com

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 head organic napa cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1/2 small head organic red cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1 organic carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup organic snow peas, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup organic basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup organic cilantro leaves
  • 1 organic avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped organic roasted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. smooth organic peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. raw organic honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (hot sauce)
  • 1 clove organic garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated organic ginger
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

  1. Combine the cabbages, carrots, snow peas, avocado and half the herbs in a large bowl
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl, adding more water to thin if necessary
  3. Toss the cabbage mixture with the peanut sauce and top with the rest of the herbs, cashews and sesame seeds

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/napa-cabbage.html
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Monica Lam-Feist

About Monica Lam-Feist

Monica is AlgaeCal’s Communications Coordinator. She completed her studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a B.S. degree in Life Sciences Communication and a B.A. degree in Sociology. She also received certificates in Digital Marketing and Leadership. Monica was an elite athlete and represented Canada numerous times with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. Monica now uses her background in athletics and health to write for AlgaeCal. In her spare time she loves to workout, practice yoga and binge on Netflix shows!

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