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Thai crunch salad in a white patterned bowl.

Thai Crunch Salad

This Thai-inspired crunch salad is loaded with fresh flavors and textures. Shredded cabbage, crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs are tossed with a delicious, creamy peanut dressing. Serve it on it's own or paired with your favorite protein for the perfect hearty, main course salad.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Mains, Salad
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4
Calories 376 kcal


For the salad

  • 3 cups red cabbage about half small head, shredded
  • 3 cups Napa cabbage about half head Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots shredded or matchstick cut
  • ½ english cucumber seeded and cut into strips
  • cup scallions green parts only
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves whole, loosely packed
  • cup peanuts chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey to keep it vegan you can use maple syrup or sugar
  • ¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1 lime juice and zest
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp chili paste or Sriracha optional


  • Roughly chop garlic and ginger and add to food processor or blender with the rest of the dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  • Shred cabbage and thinly slice bell peppers and scallions. Julienne cucumbers and carrots. Remove cilantro leaves from stems and keep whole.
  • Add veggies to a large mixing bowl and toss with a few spoonfuls of dressing. Top with chopped peanuts, scallions and cilantro leaves.
  • Serve with more dressing on the side.


For the base, feel free to use any kind of combination that you like. Use shortcuts and save time by grabbing pre-shredded carrots and a bag of coleslaw mix, broccoli slaw or even Trader Joe's cruciferous crunch!


Serving: 4gCalories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 11gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gSodium: 625mgPotassium: 786mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7470IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 2mg
Keyword appetizer salad, asian salad, healthy, healthy vegan recipe, main course salad, main dish salad, vegetarian
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