Prep 50 mins
Cook 0 mins
One of my DH's favorite salads. If you eat meat, cooked chicken, fish or pork would be really a great addition for a main course salad.
- 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 6 tablespoons sesame oil
- 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
- 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 cup jicama, but into matchsticks
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
- 2 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 8 large green onions, sliced
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 jalapenos, minced fine, without seeds
- Whisk first 7 ingredients in a snall bowl to blend.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add dressing, then toss to coat well.
- Dressing may be made one day in advance, but let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before mixing with freshly prepared salad.
- Sprinkle with chopped peanuts as garnish if desired.
Have made this several times now and everyone always asks for the recipe! You can add or leave things out as you have them or desire; i.e. I've made with and without Jicama (it's a pain to peel & while I like the flavor by itself it kind of gets lost in the salad anyway), green & red peppers (DH doesn't like), onions, celery (not in the recipe but I added it when I didn't use peppers), extra carrots, tomatoes, avocado, etc. I also use about equal amounts green and purple cabbage. If you like spicy I highly recommend either extra jalapenos or leave some of the seeds in (I thought it was way too mild w/ just the two seeded jalapenos). I also like it better with almost double the garlic. And I like red pepper flakes on it.
Dressing: I've substituted chunky peanut butter, almond butter and tahini (my favorite) for peanut butter. I've used stevia instead of brown sugar. I've used 3 TB sesame oil and 3 Grapeseed; I've used all Olive oil; but my favorite is all coconut oil (you have to melt it in the microwave first if solid). I've used Bragg's Amino or Tamari in lieu of regular soy sauce (not only gluten free but more flavor, less 'salty').
This is great! So healthy too. I've never used jicama before. Its like a slightly sweet water chestnut. DH loves the recipe too. I skipped the jalepenos, and even without it the ginger has a nice zip. Yum!
Boy, I'm with your husband...this is now one of my favourite salads too, and I have put it in my "Best of the Best" cookbook. I used canola oil and 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil because I didn't have any regular sesame oil. The dressing alone could be used in any recipe calling for asian dressing. This recipe makes a lot for our small family, but I found that the salad held up well till the next day.