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Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Orange-Tahini Dressing

Posted in Favourites, Salads by janet @ the taste space on January 16, 2012

Coleslaw just sounds so 1980s.

I know it was probably a disservice to rename the Raw Pad Thai as Coleslaw with a Spicy Almond Dressing. I mean, coleslaw? How lame…

How about cabbage salad?  The word coleslaw originates from the Dutch word koolsla which means cabbage (kool) salad (sla). Same thing, then! :)

But why am I raving about a cabbage slaw, you may be wondering…

Well, for some reason I have been craving fresh cabbage. A sweet, crunch salad with a hint of cabbage-y tartness.

So I made this and ate it throughout the day… lunch, snack and dinner….

The nice thing about this salad is the dressing, which I adapted from My New Roots. Not mayo-laden like typical coleslaws. Rather, tahini is used as a creamy base and the sesame is highlighted by toasted sesame oil and freshly toasted sesame seeds. The fresh twist comes from the orange zest and fresh lemon juice. Cilantro perks up the salad with further crunch from sunflower seeds.

The next day, I was sad I had none left and craved it once again… and so the cycle repeats itself!


This is my submission to this week’s Raw Food Thursdays, to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays, to Simple and In Season, to this week’s Healthy Vegan Fridays, to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend and to this month’s citrus love blog hop.

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Orange-Tahini Dressing

10 oz green cabbage, thinly sliced (~3 cups)
1 large carrot, grated (1 cup)
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/8 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/8 cup sunflower seeds, toasted

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1.5 tbsp lemon juice (half a lemon)
1 tsp agave (or maple syrup)
1.5 tbsp tahini
1/4 cup water
zest of a clementine or small orange
pinch of salt, or to taste

1. Place cabbage, carrot, green onion and cilantro in a bowl and toss.

2. In a small cup, mix together the sesame oil, lemon juice, agave, tahini, water, zest and salt.

3. Plate salad, top with sesame and sunflower seeds and drizzle with dressing.

Serves 2-4.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on January 16, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    I cannot get enough cabbage right now and I LOVE how you used tahini in the dressing for this slaw. Definitely (thankfully) not the “old school” stuff from my childhood! :)

  2. Amy (Savory Moments) said, on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    I love cabbage and it’s such a great vegetable to enjoy this time of year. This salad looks so fresh and tasty!

  3. Sarah B said, on January 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    LOVE IT! Nice photos Janet :)

  4. sallybr said, on January 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    I love everything about this salad! I usually make a very simple version, shredded cabbage with lime juice, a tiny bit of oil, and peanuts on top – I think I saw it at Smitten Kitchen years ago the first time

    but I’m trying your version soon, the orange does it for me…

  5. Priya said, on January 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Super tempting salad..

  6. Joanne said, on January 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I am SO coleslaw averse because of so many disgusting mayo versions that are out there, so I’m glad you renamed it. :P The orange tahini dressing sounds amazing! That would have me addicted in no time.

  7. Sarah said, on January 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I just bought a cabbage yesterday and I would have loved to use it for this salad. As I (just now) went searching around my kitchen/fridge I realized something…I put the cabbage in someone else’s cart! How embarrassing, how sad! At least they have no idea who did it :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on January 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Sarah, that is a funny story.. I once did the same thing with spinach. I know I had bought 3 bunches but when I got home, I only had 2!! Argggg!! One can never have enough cabbage, though. ;)

  8. Ashlae W. said, on January 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks AND sounds incredible. i love cabbage – cannot wait to try this.

  9. betty said, on January 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    I love crunchy salads, the combination of flavors in this one is great

  10. thekalechronicles said, on January 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I love dressings with tahini in them — I’ll have to try yours soon.

  11. Ashley said, on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I love a big bowl of raw veggies like that, and love the seeds you added in too.

  12. Ellen Lederman said, on January 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Taste was excellent. But I made it about four hours ahead of time and thought it seemed a little soggy. Should it be crisp/crunchy or soft, like kale gets soft in a massaged kale salad?

  13. Deb in Hawaii said, on January 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    That tahini dressing sounds wonderful. I love all the good crunch in a cabbage salad. ;-)
    Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays.

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  20. Lana said, on January 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Made this salad about a month ago, huge success… I usually don’t like dressings, but this one was delicious. I would love to post a pic of my salad, but I don’t think you have that option. :-(

    • janet @ the taste space said, on January 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Ooh, awesome! Thanks for letting me know… I don’t know how to add photos to comments, but if you upload it to flickr or a similar photo sharing website, you can share the link. I’d love to see how yours turned out. :)

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  23. heathergfc said, on February 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Wow! I’m making this for lunch tomorrow!! Love the crunchiness and the sound of that dressing! Would you link it up at Raw Foods Thursdays? http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2013/01/raw-foods-thursdays-13113/

  24. thefoodery said, on February 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I’m eating the salad right now and it is SO GOOD! I love the citrus flavors, the crunch, and the nuttiness from tahini and sesame oil. This salad really packs a punch, I love it! :D

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