It’s not always easy to pair Asian-style dishes with salad, but this sesame-ginger red cabbage and carrot slaw might just be the perfect partner. This is one of the most addictively delicious red cabbage salad recipes you’ll come across!
This crunchy salad is compatible with Asian-style vegetable stir-fries, noodle dishes, and recipes featuring tofu, tempeh, and seitan.
Red cabbage is quite similar to its somewhat more common green counterpart; they primary difference is the vivid color. Red cabbage “bleeds” and becomes dull when cooked, so its attributes are best highlighted in salads and slaws.
Like green cabbage, it’s a member of the brassica family of vegetables, related to broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Here’s more than you’ll ever want to know about red cabbage.
Ingredients for this slaw
- Red cabbage (1 head)
- Carrots (3 to 4, or pre-grated carrot)
- Sesame or hemp seeds
- Sesame-ginger dressing, bottled or homemade)
- Ginger, fresh or bottled
- Salt and black pepper
What to serve with Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
- This simple and colorful salad goes with just about any dish in the stir-fries and tofu and tempeh categories.
- It’s also a good way to boost vegetable intake when served with hearty sandwiches. Try serving it with Vegan Rarebit.
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- 4 cups thinly shredded red cabbage
- 2 cups grated carrot (pre-grated is fine)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon sesame or hemp seeds
- 1/3 cup sesame-ginger dressing, bottled or homemade, or as needed (see link to homemade dressing in Notes)
- 1 to 2 teaspoons grated fresh or bottled ginger, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a serving container and toss together. Let stand for 10 minutes or so before serving to allow flavors to blend.
Here's our Sesame-Ginger Salad Dressing if you'd like to make your own.
Explore lots more easy vegan salads and sides.
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