Bone Healthy Recipe: Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Nutrition / August 8, 2014

Author: Monica Lam-Feist, BS

Monica is AlgaeCal’s Content Marketing Manager. Monica 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 Studies and Leadership. Monica was an elite athlete and played Varsity soccer for the Wisconsin Badgers, Vancouver Whitecaps and for the Canadian Women's National Team. She brings a holistic and unique perspective and pulls from her experience in athletics and health to write for AlgaeCal.

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

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!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 0

Total Cook Time: 15 mins


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, pitted and cubed
  • 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


  1. Combine the napa cabbage, red cabbage, 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 salad with the dressing and top with the rest of the herbs, cashews and sesame seeds


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