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Healthy Cabbage Salad

A healthy cabbage salad with cashews in a light and creamy dressing! This raw cabbage salad recipe also just so happens to be low carb! Use multi-colored cabbage for a colorful side on your plate.

Keto Cabbage Salad

Happy Monday!

If you guys have been following along with my Insta stories, you would have seen us celebrate Hattie’s 1st birthday on Saturday. HOW is she one!? The past year just flew by. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, smiley baby girl. She definitely completes our family perfectly. ❤

We had a pretty low-key day on Saturday, since a one-year old doesn’t really know it’s their birthday 😉 We had some family hot-tubbing time and went for a bit of a walk. Shocking, since I was fully expecting a huge snowstorm! (Wait for it). We also had dinner and cake with Etienne’s parents – did you see Hattie’s smash cake on Instagram!? It turned out perfectly!

Now about that snowstorm. It came! Just later than expected. As soon as dinner was over, the snow came in. And LOT OF IT. We got a pile of snow! A lot has already melted thankfully, and at least it provided some fun entertainment for the boys Sunday morning.

Keto Cabbage Salad

What makes this cabbage salad healthy?

Let’s talk cabbage. What an underrated vegetable! I’ve been upping my cabbage intake the past few months and am wondering why it took me so long to rediscover it. It’s inexpensive, crunchy, and so versatile. Oh, and SO low calorie, but full of good-for-you things like fiber and vitamin C! It’s also super low-carb, making it perfect for those on a keto diet.

My Mom makes this carrot and cabbage salad with an oil and vinegar dressing that we used to eat all the time growing up, and for some reason I just never picked up making it after I moved out! It’s really good though, and a perfect side dish.

I was going to post her salad, and maybe I still will, but I set out to making it one day and it turned into this giant, hearty, cabbage salad that eats like a meal. You might feel a bit rabbit-esque crunching away on it, but it’s so filling and satisfying! You could even add grilled chicken or shrimp to it for a little added protein.

Along with two colors of cabbage and carrots, I’ve got pepper, roasted cashews, sesame seeds and cilantro in the mix. I went with a creamy dressing rather than a vinaigrette and it suits the salad perfectly. It’s made healthier with Greek yogurt and honey, rather than mayo.

Keto Cabbage Salad

If you’re not a fan of any of the ingredients I’ve listed, you can certainly swap them out for something you like more. The dressing is great on any salad!

What do you eat with this cabbage salad?

Like I said above, it’s awesome on it’s own, or with some grilled chicken or shrimp. We have been eating this mostly on it’s own, for lunch. I actually think hard-boiled eggs would be a perfect addition to this too! 

This crunchy, colorful salad will be perfect for a warm summer day! Since it’s now looking like it won’t be summer for a while, I will be crunching on this during some cold days too 😉

Keto Cabbage Salad

Keto Cabbage Salad

If salads are your thing, you’ve got to check out some of my other salads on the blog!

And if you happen to be eating keto, check out a few of these other keto treats:

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healthy cabbage salad

Keto Cabbage Salad

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A healthy cabbage salad with cashews in a light and creamy dressing! This raw cabbage salad recipe also just so happens to be low carb! Use multi-colored cabbage for a colorful side on your plate.


  • 1/2 green cabbage, shredded (~4 cups)
  • 1 small red cabbage, shredded (~3 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, shredded (~1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup roasted cashews
  • sesame seeds, cilantro for topping


  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine both cabbages, the carrots, bell pepper and cashews. Whisk together the lime juice, fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and Greek yogurt. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and top with sesame seeds and cilantro leaves. Refrigerate the salad for 1 hour before serving to let the flavours mingle.

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days.


  1. Swap for agave or maple syrup
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: low carb cabbage salad // keto cabbage salad // healthy cabbage salad

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  1. Now this is my kind of salad Katherine! Love the crunchy cabbage and cashews, and the flavour from the cilantro is definitely a nice addition! I caught your stories this weekend. Looks like Hattie really enjoyed her smash cake! Hope that’s the end of snow for you guys!

  2. I can’t believe that Hattie is one already and I also can’t believe you have snow in April. Didn’t we just have Hattie’s baby shower??? It’s crazy how time flies. As for this salad, I love cabbage but I don’t eat it often enough. Totally trying this!

  3. I love cabbage in place of lettuce! So much more nutritious and crunchy!! I also lovee creamy dressings. To me, they make a salad so much better! Glad Hattie enjoyed her birthday! Sounded like a sweet low-key day to celebrate 🙂

  4. Hattie is such a sweetie!! Can’t believe she is one already! Time really does fly. Sounds like you guys had a lovely day! I agree that cabbage is underrated. I do love it, though! So crunchy, budget friendly and delicious. And what a salad you have here! Wish this was my lunch today. Stay warm, my friend, and let’s hope for warmer days soon 🙂 XO

    • Thanks Dawn, I cannot believe it either!! I LOVE cabbage. It is so crunchy, and I can’t believe how cheap it is! Why don’t people eat it more?! I will be wishing for warmer weather right along with you! Have a great week! XO

  5. I love this slaw recipe, Katherine! And the Asian-flavored dressing sounds so so good! Happy Birthday to Hattie! I missed the Insta story, I was spending the weekend in Vancouver, and purposely avoided any electronics while there! But how fun is a 1st Birthday? So great!

  6. Such a delicious cabbage salad Katherine! Full of all the good things! I can’t believe Hattie is already a year. Time is flying!

    • Ben|Havocinthekitchen

      Wow, snow at the end of the April? You must have been so excited! Well, we had some snow last week too, but it was just a tiny layer…I guess like 0.3 millimeters…so I shouldn’t really complain haha 🙂 I like a good cabbage salad, and your version sounds great! Love the addition of cashews, too.

    • I can’t believe she’s already a year, either. It went SO fast! Thanks Mary Ann. I’m making it again tonight!

  7. Happy Birthday to Hattie and this salad is one I would love to have for lunch any day of the week. I dearly love cabbage!!

  8. I love cabbage and I love this salad. All that crunch is fantastic.

  9. I love cabbage salads and this one will surely hit the spot! Loving that dressing!! Happy Birthday to your sweet littlest one! <3

  10. Katherine, this salad looks so perfectly crunchy and refreshing! Definitely my kind of salad! Happy birthday to Hattie! What a sweetie!

  11. Have seen the cake on Instagram and love it very much; couldn’t agree more to cabbage being so underrated and appreciate very much your version !

  12. Happy birthday to Hattie! One is such a precious age. This recipe sounds great too – I love that you added ginger to it

  13. Time sure flies, hope the little one had a fabulous birthday!!! Cabbage is such a underused veggie, this salad with that flavorful dressing and my favorite crunchy cashews will make a delicious lunch. I’m making this salad soon.

  14. Happy belated 1st birthday to Hattie!! Such a sweet milestone. This is a wonderful salad! It crunchy, healthy, and nutritious. I often have a plain old salad as a meal. I could definitely switch it up with this!

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  19. Oh Katherine this keto cabbage salad sounds and looks so good! I love all the variety of colours in it. So yummy and perfect for the summertime.

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