I know what you’re thinking, Polish Ola, why are you making an Asian vegetable peanut salad? Because I am worldly and I like vegetables. Plus Polish peeps love cabbage and would totally make this salad but maybe sub in a bunch of mayo and/or sour cream.
This Asian vegetable peanut salad has a bunch of vegetables and you can easily swap out different ingredients based what you have on hand. You can also make it ahead of time because it’s made up of heartier vegetables rather than soggy leaves.
If you don’t like the peanut dressing, that’s cool. As I said, you can make a creamy dressing, a vinaigrette, or some chemical slurry from the grocery store that is supposed to be a dressing. The peanut butter dressing has all the flavours balanced: sweet, sour, bitter, savoury…I’m probably forgetting a couple, but that’s basically Asian food in a nutshell – the balance of flavours. Told you I was worldly!
Can you sub the peanuts for other nuts/nut butters? Probably. I’m not allergic so I get to enjoy peanuts to their fullest potential.
Asian Vegetable Peanut Salad
2 cups red cabbage (½ cabbage), thinly sliced
2-3 large carrots, shredded (or ⅓ bag of already shredded)
1 bell pepper (any colour), thinly sliced
1 green onion, sliced
½ cup baby kale
½ cup edamame
½ jalapeno pepper, diced
⅓ cup peanuts, chopped
¼ cup cilantro
1 Tbs sesame seeds
If you want, you can use a whole cabbage, but it’ll make a massive amount. If you have a giant family and/or ravenous kids who prefer healthy eating, cut u p the whole cabbage, but otherwise, I’d stick to half.
To make this Asian vegetable peanut salad, thinly slice most of the vegetables and put all of the above ingredients in a bowl. If you want to omit any ingredients, you can. You can also add in bean sprouts, peas, or cucumber. I sprinkle the sesame seeds at the end.
2 Tbs peanut butter
2 Tbs water
1 garlic clove, diced
1 Tbs lime juice
1 Tbs oil (avocado, olive)
1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp Sriracha
½ tsp brown sugar
Salt, pepper, to taste
Put everything in a mason jar or small bowl and mix all the ingredients together. Watch out for the peanut butter and make sure it’s well stirred into the dressing, otherwise it’ll plop out like one big ol’ glob on your salad. That can turn off some people.
Pour the dressing on the salad, toss, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Serve right away, later on, or maybe the day before. You now have time to prep ahead #winning.