Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

Make this napa cabbage salad to showcase the colors of winter produce. Crunchy cabbage, fennel, and avocado are tossed in a tangy miso dressing.

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

There’s exactly one thing I love about winter – the colorful produce! I know, I know, the winter is not so bad here in Austin, but I feel for those of you up north, because I used to be one of you. I live for warm sunny days, so I made this cabbage salad of bright winter produce with you in mind – to send some love – and lemons… and well, also some clementines.

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

To make this crunchy napa cabbage salad

Start with a base of crisp winter veggies:

  1. Cabbage: Tender napa cabbage or savoy cabbage is best in this recipe.
  2. Fennel: Thinly sliced with a knife, or better yet on a mandoline.
  3. Radishes: Use a mix of watermelon and red radishes, or all red radishes.
  4. Carrots: Thinly sliced, use the mandoline if you already have it out.

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

Make a zippy citrus dressing to coat the cabbage

Next, whisk together this dressing. This one is made with lemon juice, clementine (or orange) juice, miso paste, ginger, and garlic. The citrus juices soften and tone down the bitterness of the veggies in this napa cabbage salad.

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad Add these extras for flavor and texture:

  • Creamy avocado
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • chopped almonds or sesame seeds

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

This is a great side dish for dinner or brunch. I also love it for lunch because all of these crunchy vegetables keep well in the fridge for 2 to 3 days after it’s first assembled.

Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

If you have leftover cabbage, make one of these recipes!

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Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad
This Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad is a bright, light winter side! Add a protein of your choice to make it a meal.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6 as a side
  • 1 large fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 1 medium napa or savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large or 4 small carrots, sliced into thin coins
  • 2 watermelon radishes or 4 red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 clementines, sliced or segmented
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • Generous handful of mint
  • ⅓ cup sesame seeds or chopped almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh clementine juice
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  1. In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, garlic, ginger, lemon and clementine juices and the miso paste.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the fennel, cabbage, carrots, radishes, half the clementines and half the avocado. Toss with half the dressing and let sit for 10 minutes. Season to taste adding more dressing as you like. Assemble the salad on a platter and top with the remaining clementines and avocado, mint and sesame seeds or almonds. Serve with the remaining dressing.

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  1. Helene Pretorius

    Looks delish! My kind of salad! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. Erica

    This is gorgeous!

  3. Izzy Bruning

    This looks so good – I love all the colours! x
    Izzy |

  4. Lorajack from

    Wow , it sound amazing. I think this recipe is very healthy, i made this for my mom,, because she is very health-congruous. Thanks for share this healthy recipes

  5. Joy Lobo from

    Fennel Clementine Chopped Salad very nice idea, This salad is looking eye catching due to vegetable colors, This salad is also very healthy. I will try this salad at my home when I have time. Can we use cashew or coconuts in place of almonds.

  6. Maria from

    How cute are those watermelon radishes?! I don’t think we have those up here in WA state. I am missing colorful produce terribly right now. I am buying clementines and hoping that the pop of color they give will tide me over until spring. I’m jealous of your produce variety this time of year!!

  7. Sandra

    This looks sooo yummy!! I have to try it 🙂

  8. James

    It looks so beautiful. I will cook it tonight for my family.

  9. Anderson

    Fantastic idea! Your. Fennel & Clementine Chopped salad looking amazing! Of course winter is very special for vegetables. I also like winter because I like all the winter’s vegetable. They are taste and healthy as well. I love your salad recipe. Thanks for sharing! Please keep writing for us and I hope we will get more post from you.

  10. Beautiful salad! Have you tried pickling watermelon radishes in ume plum vinegar?

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