Thai Peanut Cabbage Slaw Recipe

Never in a million years will I buy the argument that one cannot eat healthy for cheap. I’ve heard over and over how some of the unhealthiest foods are the cheapest out there – and I don’t disagree (think potato chips, microwave meals, hot dogs, and convenience store foods).

But for every unhealthy cheap food, there’s a healthy but budget-friendly counterpart out there.

Take, for example, this salad. Super healthy. Not expensive at all.

The Cost

  • One small red cabbage: $2.02 (I used half = $1.01)
  • One carrot: $.19
  • One red Fresno pepper: $.18
  • Bulk peanuts (about 1/4 cup): $.28

The cost for the salad (minus the dressing and optional cilantro and lime garnish) was $1.66. That’s enough for two main course salads or four side salads.

Thai peanut salad recipe

The next time someone tells you that cheap food and healthy food are mutually exclusive, challenge them. I don’t buy it, and neither should you.

I hope I have been able to demonstrate that through my blog over the past year or so. Take a look around and let me know what you think!

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Thai Peanut Cabbage Slaw
Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Thai Peanut Cabbage Slaw

To make this salad more substantial, add some fried tofu, chicken or rice noodles.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For salad

  • 2 cups chopped red cabbage (about 1/2 a small head of cabbage)
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 red Fresno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Lime wedges and cilantro, for serving

For dressing

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Arrange cabbage, carrot, red pepper, and Fresno pepper onto serving plates. Top with peanuts.
  2. To make dressing, place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour over salad and serve with lime wedges and cilantro on the side.

One Response to “Thai Peanut Cabbage Slaw Recipe”

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    liz — August 3, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    gosh this looks good! I am totally with you. There are definitely ways of making REAL food affordable!

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