Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad
with Toasted Sesame Dressing

This Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad with toasted sesame dressing is an easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in 10 minutes. It’s a filling meal that’s a little sweet and a lot crunchy!

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Cashew Cabbage Salad in two serving bowls with two forks and a gray napkin

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With shredded red and green cabbage, carrots, and edamame, this salad is packed with color and crunch! But best of all, it’s ready in less than 10 minutes, thanks to pre-shredded vegetables and frozen edamame!

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This recipe was the hit of my latest cooking demo at Sprouts. The theme was all about getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Now, that we are all getting back to school and work, quick, easy and healthy meals don’t have to be a chore. Though you can take time on weekends to prep vegetables and grains for quick meals during the week, you can also find things like tricolor coleslaw, triple washed baby spinach or kale, and shredded carrots to save a ton of time in the kitchen.

The toasted sesame salad dressing brings it all together. If you haven’t tried toasted sesame oil, do it. Toasted sesame oil has an unbelievably rich, nutty aroma and flavor to match. And the thing is, you only need a little. I keep it in the fridge to add a boost of flavor to stir-fry dishes and yes, salad dressings.

This one is a blend of apple cider vinegar, plain and toasted sesame oils, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and a little something sweet. You can add brown or coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey if keeping it vegan is not required. Whisk it all until it’s creamy like this…

Pour it all on. Toss to coat. And top with crunchy, roasted cashews.

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Once the dressing is on, get ready to eat. The cabbage will start to soften soon after the salad is dressed. If you want to make it ahead of time, shake the dressing in a mason jar and pour it on the vegetables just before you’re ready to eat.

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Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad

This Crunchy Cashew Edamame Cabbage Salad with toasted sesame dressing is an easy weeknight meal that's ready in 10 minutes. It's a vegan salad that’s a little sweet and a lot crunchy! 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: cabbage recipes, cabbage slaw
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


Salad dressing

  • ¼ cup sesame oil (any neutral oil works)
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (I used Sprouts brand)
  • 3 tbsp raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut or brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp coarse salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Salad ingredients

  • 1 16 oz. package Tricolor Coleslaw
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed/cooked
  • ½ cup roasted cashews
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions (green onions)


  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a large bowl. (You can also shake the dressing in a jar and pour it onto the salad ingredients.)
  • Add the slaw, carrots, cabbage, and edamame to the bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Top with cashews and green onions. Serve.*


*This cabbage salad is best served right after it’s dressed. However, the dressing can be made up to a week in advance to be ready when you are.

Recipe by Marisa Moore, RDN | Marisa Moore Nutrition:
All images and content are © Marisa Moore. Please do not republish or reprint anything without prior consent. You are welcome to share this post via social media though :).


Calories: 380kcal

10 Comments on Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad
with Toasted Sesame Dressing

  1. Danielle
    August 17, 2018 at 1:07 PM (1 year ago)
    What a lovely colourful salad. I bet this would go down well at a BBQ.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      August 17, 2018 at 1:54 PM (1 year ago)
      Yes. The color makes it so appealing! It would work well for a BBQ but if you do take it, be mindful that it will lose some crunch the longer it sits. Reply
  2. Jenni LeBaron
    August 17, 2018 at 1:21 PM (1 year ago)
    This looks like an excellent alternative to traditional coleslaw. I love the addition of cashews and the flavor from the toasted sesame oil.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      August 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM (1 year ago)
      Thanks! It's definitely that and more! Reply
  3. Cindy Gordon
    August 17, 2018 at 2:19 PM (1 year ago)
    Not only is this dish stunning, but it has so many delicious ingredients! Perfect for my lunch all week long!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      August 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM (1 year ago)
      It is a looker! And yes. It's great for weekly meal prep! Reply
  4. Chef Markus Mueller
    August 17, 2018 at 2:38 PM (1 year ago)
    Love the color combo in this salad! I make a kale slaw that mixes kale and green cabbage for varying shades of green . Know I want to make it and add in some red cabbage for color!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      August 17, 2018 at 3:41 PM (1 year ago)
      Love the idea to add kale. It will really be a super salad with that! Reply
  5. Vicky
    August 17, 2018 at 3:19 PM (1 year ago)
    This looks so simple to prepare and is such a colorful and pretty dish. I love Sprouts and shop there all the time and will have to pick up that oil next time I am there.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      August 17, 2018 at 3:42 PM (1 year ago)
      Yes. Definitely look for it! It was only $3.99 at my Sprouts and adds so much incredible flavor! Reply

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