Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad Recipe -
Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad

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"An excellent way to use up that leftover cabbage from the garden."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Crush noodles, place them in a medium skillet and brown in butter over medium heat. Add almonds and sesame seeds. Stir often to prevent burning. Add seasoning mix from noodles and cool. Toss in a large bowl with cabbage and onions.
  2. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar. Pour over salad, toss and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 09, 2007

I have tried several of these "chinese slaw" recipes. This is the best. the addition of the sesame oil makes a world of difference. It has been a requested recipe, even by people who already make a version of this. I keep the 3 components in separate containers in the frig and mix it up as I feel the urge. It stays crunchy and is a great quick lunch or dinner side dish. A BIG hit at gatherings, too.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2004

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must serve this salad the same day that you make it. I made it a day ahead and the dressing wilts the cabbage down to mush!

Jul 23, 2003

Really, this recipe is almost like "asian salad" also found on this site (just a little less sugar and less ramen noodles). Still, VERY GOOD! I like to use a package and a half of the pre-shredded coleslaw mix, it gives you the same results but less time is spent on chopping. In addition, to make this one "different " from the other recipe, I used cashews in place of blanched almonds...I just tossed them in when I mixed in the sauce. I'm keeping this one just in case I ever lose my copy of the receipe for Asian Salad.

Jun 21, 2003

This salad is phenomenal! My mom made it for me the first time. I don't like cabbage, so thought I wouldn't like this. Boy, was I wrong! I could have eaten the whole bowl! I made my mom fix it for me several times while home visiting - and it was also the big hit with any guests who lucked out and were present for dinner with this fabulous salad on the side. It does take a bit of work - but it's worth it! Plan to eat the whole salad in one sitting, as it's not so great the next day when the crunchies have gone stale. If it's too much for one sitting, make the salad and split it into two before adding the top ramen and almonds. Put the extra toppings in an airtight container for the next day. Do the same with half the dressing. Trust me - this is as good as the chinese salads you get in a restaurant! Kudos to the chef who shared this with the rest of us!!!

Jun 22, 2011

so i made this again tonight b4 realizing i didn't the ramen. here is my solution: use 1 cube of chicken boullion and dilute in a tablespoon of very hot water. add this to the dressing ingredients (which i always, always double except the oils. i only use 2 tablespoons vegg oil and 1/3 cup sesame oil to cut the fat/calorie content. yes, the dressing is a wee bit loose but i will sacrifice the oilyness of almost a cup of oil, yuck!). still toast your almond/sesame seed mixture but you don't even need the butter if you use non-stick pan. my family didn't even notice the difference. and once again we ate the entire bowl. so good with salmon and brown rice. ------------- my family loves this! its very yummy & very similar to another recipe on this site but has less calories (napa cabbage noodle salad). only made two small changes: less noodles cuz there would have been waaaay too many. used about half a bag. second, i added more green onion than called for as i wanted more of the wonderful subtle green onions flavor. another thing i did was make more of the dressing as i am going to try it as a marinade for sea bass or such.

Jan 03, 2004

Great salad. Have made tons of times. I make dressing and the nut topping, then chop and bag the veggies (Napa and green onions)and put all in fridge. When I am ready just toss all together. Can do up to 2 days ahead. Sometimes I make half recipe and do the rest the next day or the day after. Very user friendly recipe and always gets rave reviews.

Jan 25, 2004

I really LOVED this salad, but unfortunately I could never eat it again. If you get headaches from MSG, beware!! Those ramen seasonings straight are bad undiluted!! I used a bag of coleslaw mix instead of shredding a head of cabbage, and I added a few extra drops of soy sauce to the dressing b/c all I could taste was the rice vinegar. I also stored everything seperately like suggested, and it did keep for a few days.

Jul 14, 2003

Very good! Next time I'll add some carrots, broccoli, and chicken. Take the advice of another reply and store the dressing seperate from the cabbage because it is soggy the next day.


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  • Calories
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 30.3 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 5.6 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 9.2 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 590 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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