Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RDI would have posted this recipe for Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing sooner, but the dog ate the peanuts.

You know.

This guy.

My Sweet Labradoodle // The Spicy RDPlease don’t let him fool you…I know he looks all sweet and innocent, but he’s really sneaky!

By the way, he also ate the chocolate covered macadamia nuts I brought back from Hawaii.

Or, at least he licked the chocolate off, and left a pile of macadamia nuts on my bedroom floor.

Did you know macadamia nut oil stains your rug BRIGHT yellow?

I know now.

Anyways, back to this yummy, super healthy Asian Chopped Salad…

I know you like super yummy healthy salads, because this Super Duper Raw Power Salad has been a huge hit! BTW, thanks so much for all the comments and yummy reviews you’ve given me~I LOVE getting your feedback!

It was inspired by a salad I had at my in-laws house.  One of the guests brought it, and it was so fresh, flavorful, and crunchy, I just knew I had to re-create it with my own twist which included swapping out the green cabbage for Napa cabbage, and adding in some crunchy radishes.

Asian Cabbage Salad Ingredients // The Spicy RDCrunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RDBlue polished nails are a must for tossing!

Speaking of crunchy radishes, did you know that I just found out after 13 years of marriage that Mr. Spicy loves radishes???  I’ve been trying to buy them more since I found out.  There’s true love for you 🙂

Ok ,ok…Enough lovey dovey stuff.

Here’s the recipe…

Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing
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Serves: 4 main servings or 8 side servings
  • Peanut Dressing:
  • ¾ cup high oleic sunflower seed or other neutral tasting oil
  • ¼ rice wine vinegar
  • Juice from ½ of a lime
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or gluten-free tamari, or to taste
  • Salad:
  • 2 cups chopped Napa cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked organic edamame
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped radishes
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup peanut dressing or more to taste {Recipe above}
  1. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a high speed blender, and blend until smoothy and creamy. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss.
  3. Add ½ cup {or more to taste} of the dressing to the veggies and mix well before serving, or serve the dressing on the side ~ 2 tablespoons dressing per 2 cups salad. You will probably have dressing left over.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Main: 2 cups salad Side: 1 cup salad

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RDEat your Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with chopsticks or a fork.  Your choice.

Nutrition Notes & Tasting Tidbits…

  • Vegan, vegetarian, and naturally gluten-free when you use gluten-free tamari. 
  • Don’t eat soy?  Omit edamame and add more peanuts. Oh, yeah!
  • Don’t eat peanuts? Omit peanuts {and peanut butter from dressing} and add more edamame or other nuts.
  • Don’t eat peanut or soy?  Add more yummy crunchy veggies!!!
  • Loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber from all the veggies, this salad will fill you up, without filling you out!

You may even want to jump on the “Salad-in-a-Jar” trend and take it to work.  Just bring the dressing on the side, so your salad doesn’t get soggy…

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing in a Jar // The Spicy RDWhat summer salads have you been craving lately? Have you jumped on the Salad-in-a-Jar trend? Do you have a sneaky dog like me???

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  1. This salad looks so colorful and delicious!! I love a crunchy salad with a peanut dressing… Yum!

  2. Food safety lady is not so sure about blue nailpolish while prepping food, LOL! This salad would be awesome for my lunches on my travels. I have a perfect tall plastic container to hold salad, and shake in some dressing…..YUM!!!! Sounds delicious! I love how you dressed up your puppy, so cute! Hugs, Terra

    • That’s my 11 yo, going on 21 yo daughter wearing the blue nail polish~ I thought it would be a fun photo with the colorful salad. I swear she washed her hands first 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comments Terra! xo

  3. this looks great and your dog is so funny sorry about the carpet stains

  4. Yum! I love peanut dressing and will pour it into anything ;). I love that you use sunflower seed oil..haven’t seen that before. So colorful and full of textures. Love it! Aww your dog is sooo cute. He sure knows how to work it..just look at that innocent face. Sounds a lot like my dog. Can’t believe he just licked the chocolate. Kona (my miniature schnauzer) would have ate the whole thing in no time. And I would have freaked out that he ate chocolate! I have not tried the salad-in-a-jar. However, in Korea, the “use your styrofoam cup” is very popular right now. Basically, you fill that lil’ cup with whatever and that’s suppose to be your meal..I know…that’s like nothing. It’s summertime so very typical of Korean women to take dieting to the extreme.

    • Thanks Min! Salad in a styrofoam cup would not work for me at all. Harry {the dog} has eaten many a chocolate in his life. We try and keep it away from him, but as you can see, he is a very big dog {although he does not look very manly in that outfit-LOL}. Fortunately, it does not affect him 🙂

      • I know right..styrofoam is meant for fluids not food. I like to dress Kona too..he even has booties for walking ;). Harry truly looks great in pink hehe. I can tell he’s full of personality!

  5. Sounds wonderful!! I’m in love with peanut dressings (and, your dog!)

  6. Your salad looks delicious, it’s one of my favorite kinds! Your pup is adorable! I do know how sneaky they can be! I have two!!

  7. Gorgeous and I cannot wait to make this! Alas, no dogs here (daughter is terrified) but had a chuckle over that innocent looking photo and then reading about the nut incident 🙂

    • Thanks Deanna!! One of my son’s good friends used to be terrified of Harry, but they are good buddies now-not a mean bone in his furry body. Just sneaky ones 🙂

  8. This looks wonderful! Great make-ahead lunch option!

    • Thanks so much Karman and so glad you stopped by 🙂 I ate this for dinner the first night I made it, then 2 days in a row after that for lunch-it keeps fantastically!

  9. Your raw power salad is still my favorite salad ever. I can’t wait until I’m done with recipe development for my book and I can get back to eating it for lunch every day again. 🙂 But I might have to throw this one into the mix too–you had me at peanut dressing! 😀

  10. The salad looks positively beautiful but the real truth is I can not get over the dog. How adorable; don’t you dare tell me he isn’t just perfect; look at him all pretty in pink and a tutu even. SO cute!

  11. Okay – I want the dog – he’s just too adorable. The recipe looks fantastic too.

  12. Gorgeous crunchy, savoury salad – love it! And I think you have just got your dog back with that photo. He/she must be livid! What a cutie-pie 😀

  13. Perhaps he thought you they were a gift for him from Hawaii. 🙂 Glad he is ok though.
    My friend’s dog got into lollipops once in her pantry and had them stuck all over his fur. It was so sad but at the same time pretty funny.
    This salad looks amazing. So fresh!

  14. LOL, your dog is adorable .. even if he is a bit rotten on occasion. My dog has eaten a few forbidden things in her day, too! =) And this salad? Looks SO good. You have no idea how much I wish it was in front of me right now!

  15. Oh my goodness, the colors are beautiful! I usually just use a simple balsamic, but this dressing looks amazing- need to try!!

  16. Asian salads are one of my favorites. Might need to make this happen on the meal plan this week!

  17. Michelle says:

    Great salad but I had to comment about the macadamia nuts which are extremely toxic to dogs. Even one nut can be toxic. Clinical signs usually develop within 12 hours after ingestion. The most common presenting sign is weakness and inability to walk, especially in the hind legs. Other signs include: vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and elevated body temperature (hyperthermia). Paralysis is usually temporary in a healthy dog without any underlying problems, but in a dog with hidden health problems, it can be fatal. Chocolate is also extremely toxic to dogs as are raisins and advocados, both can kill in tiny amounts. Sorry to be a party pooper but I worked in clinical practice for over 15 years and it’s amazing how many people don’t know this.

  18. This looks amazing! It reminds me of a healthified version of the salad my gymnastics coaches used to make for us when we had meets! I’m definitely gonna have to try it out! <3


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