top down view of serving bowl with healthy sesame cabbage salad.

Quick and healthy, this easy cabbage salad is full of texture and flavor. Salad can be served as a side dish or main salad.


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  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded (green, napa, or savoy)
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage, shredded (optional)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin and cut in half moons
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 23 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup radish, thinly sliced and cut into half moons
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds, to garnish


  • 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon dijon
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, optional
  • salt + pepper, to taste


Dressing: In a small bowl whisk together the apple cider vinegar, tahini, dijon, salt, and pepper. Set aside to let the flavors develop.

Assemble: In a large mixing bowl, add the cabbage, cucumber, carrots, radish, green onions, and cilantro. Pour the dressing over top and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Chill: Place in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 – 3 hours to chill and soften. Alternatively, enjoy right away.

Serves 4 – 6

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days in a covered container. Give a good mix before serving.


Add a little spicy heat. Try adding 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the salad or a pinch to your serving for a nice bit of heat.

Adjust to taste. As with all my recipes, feel free to adjust any ingredient up or down to suit your taste.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.