I stumbled upon this Asian Red Cabbage Salad recipe several years back while I was searching for the perfect dish to make for a friend undergoing cancer treatment.  It was important to me that the dish I prepared for him and his family was not only going to make their day a little easier, but I wanted to make sure it would nutritionally help him in his fight.  With the base of this salad being an uber colored cruciferous vegetable, I knew this was the one!  Most importantly, I’m happy to report that he won that battle against cancer.  I’m also happy to add that I have a massive fear of making a recipe for the first time for someone else…but this one did not let me down!   It’s passed the test as another fool proof Spunky recipe.  

Now, onto all the goodness this salad offers.  I’ve already mentioned the cancer fighting properties of the red cabbage, but did you know it helps prevent premature aging, aids in skin and eye health and can even help with weight loss?  If you’re not familiar with jicama (pronounced hee-kuh-muh), it’s often called a Mexican potato.  It offers much more than a potato, though, as it is loaded with Vitamin C, iron, potassium and Vitamin B-6.  Jicama can boost energy levels, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to stabilize blood sugar.  Now onto the black sesame seeds: they might be little but they are mighty!  Loaded with magnesium, calcium and other essential trace minerals like copper and zinc, they help to support the immune system and bone density.    I could go on and on about the many other benefits this gorgeous bowl of salad provides, but I don’t want to hold you up any longer.  Grab your reusable produce bags and head to the store stat!  Your health is waiting.

Asian Red Cabbage Salad
Serves 6
This delicious, crunchy salad is the perfect alternative to the traditional leafy green salad but without compromising any health benefits.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
181 calories
23 g
0 g
8 g
7 g
1 g
174 g
696 g
13 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 696mg
Total Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 13g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Crunchy Topping
  1. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  2. 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  3. pinch of cayenne
  1. 1/2 tsp jalepeno, seeded and diced
  2. 2 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  4. 1/4 cup tamari
  5. 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  6. 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  7. 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  1. 1 lb red cabbage, shredded
  2. 1/2 lb jicama, peeled and thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup edamame, shelled, cooked and cooled
  4. 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  6. 1 1/2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss nuts, maple syrup and cayenne together in a bowl.
  3. Spread nuts on baking tray and bake 10-12 minutes, until golden and fragrant.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Metal spatula can make loosening nuts easier, assuming it won't scratch the baking tray.
  6. For dressing, whisk together jalepeno, brown rice vinegar, lime juice, tamari, maple syrup, sesame oil and ginger. Set aside.
  7. For salad, cut the cabbage in half, remove the core and shred with a sharp knife.
  8. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, jicama, edemame, mint and basil.
  9. Toss with the dressing and sprinkle in black sesame seeds.
  10. Sprinkle nuts on top just prior to serving.
  11. Store left-over salad in fridge for up to 1 day.
  1. Ginger paste can be substituted if fresh ginger is not available.
  2. Two cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced, can be substituted for the jicama.
  3. Cilantro can be subbed in for the basil.
  4. Use organic ingredients when possible.
Adapted from Rebecca Katz
Adapted from Rebecca Katz
Spunky Avocado
 Another great recipe with black sesame seeds is our Homemade Goji Berry Granola, give it a try!

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