Sesame Cabbage Salad

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Looking for a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make salad that's also gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan? Look no further than this sesame cabbage salad! This crunchy, savory, and oh-so-satisfying dish checks all the boxes, and whether you're a seasoned plant-based eater or just looking to add more veggies to your plate, this salad is sure to impress even the most discerning taste buds.

sesame cabbage salad with oil-free sesame dressing

With over 1M views and 20,000 likes, this is the most popular recipe on my instagram – for good reason! Not only is this salad super tasty, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of prep work, you can have a mouth-watering salad ready in no time. And because it’s gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan, you can enjoy it without compromising any of your dietary restrictions.

Is this Sesame Cabbage Salad Healthy?

The star of the show in this salad is, of course, the sesame dressing. Many sesame dressings are loaded with oils, sugar, and preservatives. What sets this dressing apart is it’s TOTALLY oil-free and refined sugar-free, without compromising on any of the flavor. This good-to-the-last-drop dressing brings this healthy, whole food, plant based salad together with an abundance of savory sesame flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess. The end result is a nutrient-rich bowl your body and taste buds will thank you for!

What Ingredients are in this Sesame Salad?

The salad itself is loaded with a variety of veggies. Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and more! These humble vegetables are not only packed with nutrients, but when combined with the nutty sesame seed dressing, they become something truly special. To make this salad, you will need 13 lucky ingredients:

  • Napa Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Green Onions
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Maple Syrup
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Tahini
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Ginger


To sweeten the pot even further, this sesame cabbage salad is the perfect addition to your healthy meal prep! The ingredients are so hearty that this salad can be made up to 5 days in advance and kept in the fridge for easy grab and go lunches. Just be sure to wait to add the dressing until day-of.

If you enjoyed this salad, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out my other healthy, vegan, gluten-free salads:

Jackie Akerberg

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Sesame Cabbage Salad

This vegan, oil-free sesame cabbage salad is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that's perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner.
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4


Cabbage Salad

  • 4 cups napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, finely chopped, stem shredded
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 14 oz canned chickpeas, drained and towel dried
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Oil-Free Sesame Dressing

  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plain rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or tamari soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp roasted tahini
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of salt


  • Add all ingredients for the salad to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and season to taste.
  • If serving immediately, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. This salad is best dressed about 30 minutes prior to serving. If saving for later, wait to dress until day-of.
  • Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds if desired.
Keyword quick and easy, summer salad, whole food plant based
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