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This Crunchy Cabbage Salad is full of good stuff, no soggy lettuce in sight, mixed with a delicious peanut butter dressing. It is a perfect side dish as part of a vegetarian family meal, with something zesty, fruity and creamy in every single mouthful.

A big bowl of salad with peanut butter dressing, peppers, cabbage and mango

This is a favourite ‘doesn’t even taste like a salad’ salad, perfect for lettuce-dodgers like me.

I know, a Cabbage Salad doesn’t sound super inspiring but I promise, this explosion of colour and flavour in a bowl manages to be fruity, zesty, fresh, crunchy and creamy all at once. The peanut butter salad dressing takes the whole thing to another level.

You can also make it ahead of time (because… no limp lettuce leaves!) and add the dressing at the last minute before serving. BOOM!

You’ll love this recipe because:

Fresh, zesty AND crunchy

✅ Something a little different

Impressive make-ahead side dish

Ingredients for a Thai-style salad with peanut butter salad dressing

 FAQs about the Crunchy Cabbage Salad Recipe

What veggies/salad are used in this recipe?

It’s a mix of red peppers, white cabbage, spring onions, cucumber and mangos. SUCH a delicious combination and works so well with the dressing. I suppose you could call it a crunch bowl rather than a salad, however it is influenced by those amazing Thai style salads that incorporate interesting, fresh ingredients that complement each other well.

What makes up the peanut butter salad dressing?

For this recipe I used peanut butter, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, honey, limes, a handful of salted peanuts, fresh mint and a splash of water. Simple store cupboard ingredients that are all modestly priced in the supermarket.

What could I serve this salad with?

This works so so well with fresh meat or fish, especially when grilling or barbecuing. The mango really brings out the flavours and is delicious alongside it. That said, this salad can hold its own and packs enough punch to be a meal in its own right, if you prefer.

What kind of peanut butter should I use?

You can use whichever kind you like, but natural peanut butter is a lot more runny than regular so you’ll probably need less water than in the recipe.

Close up of a Thai-style salad with peanut butter dressing

Fancy more peanut butter dinner recipes?

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Cabbage Salad recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ by the recipe. Also, if you’d like to show me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.

5 from 17 votes

Crunchy Cabbage Salad {with Sticky Peanut Dressing}

This flavour-packed salad with peanut butter salad dressing is a perfect side dish for barbecues, grilled meat or fish. It’s fresh, zesty and fruity deliciousness.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 People as a side dish


  • 2 Red peppers
  • Half White cabbage
  • Bunch Spring onions
  • Half Cucumber
  • 2 Ripe mangos

For the peanut butter salad dressing:

  • 125 g Peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2 Limes , Zest and juice
  • Splash of water
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Handful of salted peanuts


  • Chop everything up into small chunks and add to a bowl.
  • Mix the salad dressing in a separate bowl or jug. Add just enough water to make a smooth, runny sauce.
  • When ready to serve, add the dressing to the salad bowl and mix everything together.
  • Top with peanuts and mint.


Peanut butter:
Natural peanut butter is a lot more runny than regular so you’ll need less water than in the recipe if using this.


Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 848mgPotassium: 367mgFiber: 4gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 2000IUVitamin C: 82mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved this! Super simple and the peanut dressing is delicious. I added some marinated chicken pieces (using a few ingredients from the dressing) on this occasion too. Didn’t think my partner would enjoy it, but he did and has asked that we do it again – he was spooning the leftover dressing out of the dish.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this to go alongside a fabulous Thai roast chicken dish – my ‘’non-salad’ liking family all said “only a little bit of salad please! 😬 but by the time they tried it they all asked for seconds! (Even my OH who HATES anything remotely salad-like!) Fabulous dish – delicious! Worth the ‘chopping up time’ – will defo make again! 👍

    1. 5 stars
      Very tasty flavoursome salad. I served it at a BBQ. My husband who isnt a big salad lover was back for seconds and even thirds! The dressing is very tasty. Will absolutely make this again thank you Sarah!

  3. 5 stars
    This was fabulous, I added a diced carrot, finally got my kids eating salad.
    Sarah must chop superfast though as it took me nearer 30 minutes to prepare but worth a bit of effort. It also makes a huge amount (as homemade coleslaw always does) the leftovers will be going on a jacket potato for lunch

  4. 5 stars
    Made this today to go with an Asian style pulled pork dish, along with a radish and cucumber salad. It was absolutely delicious, easy to make and produced an enormous bowl of salad!