Red Cabbage-Asparagus Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe -
Red Cabbage-Asparagus Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe
  • READY IN 33 mins

Red Cabbage-Asparagus Salad with Tahini Dressing

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"Crispy, colorful, tangy and delicious. This salad is quick to throw together and is super healthy!"

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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    3 mins

    33 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Blanch asparagus until just tender, drain, and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. When the asparagus is cold, drain and slice on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together tahini, water, lemon juice, and garlic. Stir in sugar to taste.
  3. Toss together asparagus, red cabbage, radishes, green onions, feta, pine nuts, and dill in a large bowl. Pour in tahini dressing and mix to combine.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 08, 2008

THIS RECIPE IS AMAZING! The most important ideas/comments/notes are: 1. The dressing IS incredible! I've been looking for the perfect lemon tahini dressing ever since I ate at Mountain Oasis in Flagstaff, Arizona, and this one is a close second! I doubled it and saved the rest for a simple green salad the next day. 2. I added about a cup of thinly sliced jicama to add another color, flavor, and crunch to this dish. I'm considering a beet, as well, for next time. 3. I used the feta as an optional topping. I used one dish of plain feta and one with a mixture of the feta and dill (I omitted the dill from the raw recipe). 4. Leaving the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours does help the flavors blend better than serving it right away. 5. A pinch of celery salt is nice to add, as well, upon serving. 6. Next time, I'm going to toast some pecans with some sugar and cayenne to add as another optional topping. To toast: Make sure all nuts are coated with butter before sprinkling the sugar and cayenne (VERY LITTLE cayenne goes a long way!). Spread them in a single layer at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes (until you can smell them . . . mmmmm!). 7. This recipe still deserves five stars, even though I tweaked it a little! It's nice and simple and tasty!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 26, 2009

I had everything except cabbage and ended up having to use green cabbage instead, due to our poor selection at the grocery store. We thought it was a bit bland. Next time I will follow another reviewers advace and add Tabasco, more onions, and maybe even try lime juice. I will definitly try this again, I love the combination of vegetables. Perfect for a cookout!


22 Ratings

Apr 06, 2007

This salad tastes way better on the second day! It was pretty good the evening I made it but when I brought it for lunch the second day it was even better. (If you intend to keep it over night don't add the cheese until you are ready to serve individual portions as it will start to run when it mixes witht the dressing.) The cabbage was just too crisp the first time around, after it had a chance to soften up in the fridge overnight and mingle with the dressing it was just right. It might have helped if I had sliced the cabbage a little thinner....but I tried to keep it about the same size as the asparagus. I doubled the amount of the dressing because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tahini! The dressing is very good; I plan to use it as a topping for other salads in the future. The dill...I'm still undecided about; which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I'm not a huge dill fan but that's just me. I think mint might be an interesting option, we'll see next time as I plan to make this again. Very simple, colorful and tasty salad!!

Apr 08, 2011

I loved this! So much better than typical cole slaw (probably because I love tahini). I unfortunately did not have any feta on hand (but I think it would be even better with it), and I replaced the asparagus with broccoli prepared exactly as the asparagus would be because I didn't have any asparagus. My husband told me he wanted me to add Chulula next time to give it a kick, which I will try, but I'm still giving this five stars because I've eaten it all week and the flavors get better every day in the fridge!

Jun 16, 2007

This salad was excellent with just a few changes. I mixed up the cabbage, radishes, green onion, and tahini dressing early in the day and let that sit in the fridge. Later on I thought it needed a little something, so I added about 2 Tbsp of mayo and 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. That was much better. I didn't add the dill because I didn't think it was a good dish for dill and I subsituted sliced almonds for the pine nuts. Before serving I cooked the asparagus and added that along with the feta cheese. Other than that, the only other addition I made was chicken. I grilled two marinaded chicken breasts and then thinly sliced them (still warm) onto the salad. So good. My husband loved it. Next time we decided we're going to try adding some golden raisins and bleu cheese intead of feta.

Mar 02, 2009

I had everything but the tahini, I substituted apple cider vinegar and also added a dash of salt to the dressing and a few drops of Tabasco. This was delicious! Like others, I also omitted the dill.

Jan 16, 2009

I really thought this was a great recipe, until I tasted it! I went out and bought tahini for this recipe, as I have never used it before, and was a bit taken aback with the flavor of it, it's like peanut butter almost! This may be a good salad with a different dressing, for my taste. It is quite a big recipe too, so I have to discard alot of food because nobody here will finish it. I would suggest halving the recipe if you're not sure...I'm glad I tried it, but not for us.

Jun 28, 2008

Okay. This recipe was pretty freaking good. Make more dressing. Instead of water add lemon juice to the dressing. You can add more dill, this recipe is conservative. It sounds crazy but I had corn tortillas in the fridge from tacos last week and i ate it in those and is was DELICIOUS. It can use more radishes than the recipe calls for. Also I added a shredded carrot for sweetness. It was sweet.


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  • Calories
  • 161 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 7.9 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 90 mg
  • 4%

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

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