Napa Cabbage Salad: a perennial crowd-pleaser

napa cabbage salad Photo by Robert Wiggington

This recipe has stood the test of time. Originally published in 1995, it remains a staple summer dish for former Cottage Life editor Penny Caldwell. “The Napa Cabbage Salad was a Cottage Life recipe contest winner and is a real crowd pleaser. It makes a lot and I dare not arrive at our summer family reunion without it! It’s easy, can be prepped ahead for last-minute assembly, and, if by rare chance there are leftovers, it actually tastes better the next day.”

Napa Cabbage Salad

Judy Anderson
Napa cabbage, also called Chinese cabbage, looks like a long, celery-shaped head of cabbage, and goes well with the flavours in this salad. The recipe is great for a crowd—not only because it makes a lot, but because everyone seems to love it. Or, you can easily halve it if you wish.
5 from 3 votes
Course Salad
Cuisine casual, Cottage, entertaining, potluck
Servings 15 people


  • 2 pkgs instant ramen noodles with chicken beef, or mushroom flavoured soup base (85–100 g each)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp rice vinegar or balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 napa cabbage 10” long
  • 8 green onions chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • ½ cup sesame seeds toasted


  • Several hours before using, mix together the soup flavour packets from the noodles, oil, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir occasionally.
  • Chop the cabbage. (You should have about 16 cups.) Add onions and parsley.
  • Mix dressing thoroughly with salad greens. Just before serving, add almonds, sesame seeds, and dry soup noodles, slightly crushed. Toss to mix.


Keyword ichiban noodles, napa cabbage, ramen noodle, salad
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We recently republished the Napa Cabbage Salad in our 35th anniversary celebration in the June/July 2022 issue of Cottage Life.

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