A bright intense ginger dressing served over napa cabbage.
This is an Asian inspired vinaigrette coleslaw side dish recipe, which you can serve with most East Asian main course meals.
The homemade dressing is a straight forward, Asian flavored vinaigrette style salad topping.
The recipe was inspired by my Japanese cabbage slaw salad, just that this napa slaw is more complexly flavored.
The ingredients will remind you of east asian meals.
The dressing is prepared with freshly chopped ginger root. It has to be fresh ginger, dried ginger won't bring it.
Nothing screams more Asian than ginger!
Rice vinegar is an asian vinegar variety. It's soft and not strongly flavored, making it a perfect choice for salads.
You may use other vinegar but mix it with a small quantity of water if the vinegar is too strongly flavored.
I use the most common soy sauce in the world, regular kikkoman or the healthy boy brand soy sauce.
Both are a thin soy sauce variation.
Not every sesame oil tastes the same!
There are different variations such as toasted sesame oil.
Just use one that you enjoy.
I think canola oil is great for salads! It's not that heavy and it blends well with the other ingredients in this recipe.
As a substitute you may use sunflower oil too or any other salad oil of your choice.
Sugar helps to balance the flavors in the dressing. It's necessary so that all the Asian flavors come out.
I use brown sugar because it tastes bettter in my opinion but you are free to use any regular white sugar too.
How to make it?
To prepare this refreshing bright sesame ginger dressing with cabbage is rather easy. I have outlined the steps.
The complete recipe with all the ingredient and step details to print out, is located at the bottom of this post.
Prepare your cabbage. Rinse and discard wilted leaves.
Chop cabbage into bite sized pieces and keep in a mixing bowl at the side.
Peel and chop ginger.
Prepare the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a salad shaker, small bottle or in a bowl.
Pour salad dressing over cabbage and garnish.
Serve cold as a side dish.
This recipe can be enhanced by adding any of the following ingredients to the dressing or salad.
Pep up your dressing by adding:
- chopped fresh garlic
- dash of peanut oil
- carrot puree (hibachi copycat) or pumpkin puree or mango pulp
- dash of a hot sauce such as sriracha, tabasco, franks hot sauce or mango habanero hot sauce or any other of your choice
Add the following salad ingredients shredded or cut into two:
- cocktail or cherry tomato
More garnish ideas:
- bonito flakes
- crushed nori seaweeds
- spring onion greens chopped
Serve your asian napa cabbage salad with east asian main course meals.
Japanese meals such as teriyaki chicken, miso soup (as a light meal) or sushi work great with this salad too.
Thai, Vietnamese and other east Asian foods can be served with this salad too.
The Asian salad dressing can be served without the cabbage too with seafood such as with raw oysters and smoked salmon or tuna.
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Asian Ginger Dressing with Napa Cabbage Recipe
- ½ Napa Cabbage small head
For the Dressing
- Rinse and discard wiltet napa cabbage leaves. Chop napa cabbage leaves to desired size and keep in a bowl aside.
- To prepare the dressing add the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar to a container and combine.
- Now add the sesame oil and canola oil to the dressing and blend to a dressing,
- Pour dressing into a bottle to user up later or pour directly over prepared cabbage salad in a serving bowl.
- Garnish with chili flakes and sesame. Serve up cooled.
- Use all-purpose Kikkoman style soy sauce.
- Use toasted or regular sesame oil
- Use Canola oil or sunflower or other salad oil
- The garnish is optional
- The dressing can be stored over a longer period in a bottle. I totally recommend that you do that because the dressing gets well infused with ginger flavors.