Mandarin Orange Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing
You will be craving this sweet, salty, fruity, crunchy and totally fresh mandarin orange cabbage salad with peanut dressing for days! Enjoy it on these hot summer days. Use coleslaw mix for even faster preparation!
Dish Count :: 1 Large Bowl, 1 Spatula
I gave up on my scale. I didn’t realize what I trap I had been falling into for so many years, starting back in high school, weighing myself day in an day out terrified of the tenth of a pound I would gain. It was torture. And from the day I was 15 until now, I was a slave to the scale. Ben took to hiding it from me, like a sick Easter Egg hunt. That’s when I knew it had to change. And for the last six months, I hadn’t weighed myself once.
But guess what… I’ve still lost weight.
Eight pounds to be precise at my last doctor’s check up. And using their scales as a monitor, a couple times a year, is a much better route for me to go so I am not hyper focusing on the number and focusing instead on how I FEEL.
Sure, it’s nothing to write home about, but it’s progress. And I’m content with it. My routine is pretty simple, and I’ve made a few simple changes – nothing radical – but those little things help.
Incorporating a half salad with my daily half sandwich at lunch has been a huge help. I love big, colorful salads that pop with flavor. This mandarin orange cabbage salad with peanut sauce feeds a herd, and I took it for lunch for a whole week. The cabbage is so hearty it lasts and the mandarin oranges infused with the rest of the veggies to give it a sweet kick.
Part of my daily routine is incorporating walking into my day. Since I work on a construction site, it’s hard to get out and find a safe place to walk, but taking that 20 minute break is good for my sanity as much as it is good for my butt. And instead of sitting at my desk all day, I have started building up my standing tolerance with a few hours of standing work, too.
But as much as I champion my half sandwich with half salad, I still have to have my chocolate and portion out one serving into a little cup to eat as my lunch dessert.
It just has to happen.
The little things are helping and it’s motivation enough to keep on going! Try this salad next time you need a kick of freshness in your life. It will fill you up and make it a full meal with some grilled chicken on top!
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Mandarin Orange Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: No Bake
- Cuisine: Asian
- Diet: Diabetic
- 1/2 head Green Cabbage, Shredded
- 1/2 head Red Cabbage, Shredded
- 2 Carrots, shredded
- 1 Shallot, minced
- 1 can (8 oz) Mandarin Oranges, reserve juice
- 2 cups Sugar Snap Peas, snapped in half
- 1/2 cup Cilantro, minced
- 2 Tbsp Ginger, minced, or paste
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
- 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 1/2 cup Prepared Peanut Sauce, jarred or FRESH
- 1/2 cup Chow Mein Crunchy Noodles
In a large bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. On top, add the remaining ingredients (except chow mein noodles) and toss together with the dressing until combined.
Serve and top with crunchy chow mein noodles. Top with additional cilantro for garnish.
Keywords: Salad, Asian, Cabbage, Orange, Mandarin Orange, Recipe, Vegetables
Oh the flavors in this sounds awesome!! Great summer salad!
I try not to weigh myself either. It’s definitely how you feel more than the number on the scale. Especially when you start gaining muscle, it can read as weight on the scale, so that’s no bueno! Definitely gotta go off how you feel and how your jeans fit. 🙂
Love this bright and delicious salad!
I’m half glad I’m only just seeing this AFTER getting groceries or I would’ve grabbed a can of those crunchy noodles. I can eat them in a single sitting. So freaking good and now I want this salad!!
This is my kind of salad! Love these flavors!
So funny – I had an Asian cabbage slaw for chicken for lunch all week! Love that crunchy topping you added. Also, I love this post and am so proud of you for listening to your body, not the scale. xoxo
Good for you Megan! And love this salad! Pinned!
yum! This looks amazing! Congrats on the weight loss!
This looks fantastic and healthy – I love it!
Congrats!!! It’s so hard not to weigh yourself when the scale is sitting there waiting for you. Maybe my husband needs to hide mine from me.
Gurrrrl, the scale and I broke up a looooong time ago! She’s a liar!! 😉
Congrats on the weight loss – so long as you’re happy with your weight, that scale ain’t got nothin’ on you.
Also? Can I have a big bowl of the prettiest cabbage salad I have ever seen!?!
The scale is a dangerous thing! This salad is perfect for staying on track!
Congrats on those pounds being gone from your life! The scale is a life ruiner. I go off of how my clothes fit and how I feel. I find it to be so much better that way. And this salad looks amazing! I love the crunch factor.
In the ingredient list it says to reserve the juice from the meandering oranges, but I don’t see what I’m supposed to do with it.
I’m full blown craving this before 8am!
Scales can be so deceiving!! Your weight may go up, but it is not necessarily fat (my husband says muscle but I laugh at that, haha.) Glad you are no longer a slave to the scale and have all that time to make a delicious salad such as this one! I would love this over the usual.
I love salads and this one looks so fresh and I bet the dressing is to die for!
This looks like a great fancy salad to have with guests!
Ugh, the scale!! I try not to keep one in the house 🙂 Everyone is happier that way. I’m loving all the beautiful fresh colors in this salad!!
You GO Megan for ditching the scale! Going by how you feel is so much better than a number. Keep up the good habits like this beautiful and healthy salad!
I don’t weigh myself at all. I know if I’ve gained or lost weight by the fit of my jeans. I was a slave to the scale for too long and those numbers could mean it was going to be a good day or a bad day – not fun. I do love the look of this salad, Megan. It’s so colorful and healthy!
I agree! It’s not about the numbers but how you feel. Love it! This salad looks fantastic!
What would be the Carb count for this salad?
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