Cabbage Salad Recipe with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Cabbage Salad Recipe with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

In this cabbage salad recipe with sweet poppyseed dressing, thinly sliced cabbage and grated carrots are combined with a sweet and tangy dressing. The resulting dish is a satisfying crunchy salad, topped with toasted almonds, which can be made into a main course by adding shredded chicken, cooked shrimp, beans, or tofu.

Homemade Salad Dressing

I am a firm believer in having homemade dressings on hand to enjoy over vegetables, raw or cooked, at any moment. This sweet and tangy poppyseed dressing is made with pantry ingredients, and is a great use for poppyseeds besides muffins (what else does one use them for anyways?). The flavor reminds me of sweet store-bought, full-of-junk coleslaw dressings, but without all the crazy junk, just clean, simple ingredients.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe goes great with Smoky Black Bean Chili. Or make it a main course salad by serving alongside or topped with Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp. Also try topping with shredded rotisserie chicken, white beans, or fried tofu.

cabbage salad recipe sweet poppyseed dressing

Cabbage Slaw with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

This salad is a tangy and refreshing side or can be made into a main course salad by adding shredded chicken, cooked shrimp, white beans, or tofu.
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Course: Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine: California
Keyword: easy coleslaw, salad for bbq
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 1/2 green or red cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion (I used a mandolin)
  • 1/2 cup almonds

Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons dark amber maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Cut cabbage half into thirds. Slice each third thinly, starting from the top, cutting crosswise. Place shredded cabbage in a large bowl, along with grated carrots, and onion.
  • Toast almonds in a dry saute pan over medium heat until fragrant and browning slightly. Watch closely, do not let burn. Immediately pour into a small bowl or dish and let cool. Roughly chop and add all but 2 Tablespoons into bowl with cabbage.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl to combine. Pour dressing (to taste) over cabbage mixture and toss to evenly coat. There may be some extra dressing. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with remaining 2 Tablespoons toasted chopped almonds.
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