Fit Friday :: Mandarin Orange Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing

You will be craving this sweet, salty, fruity, crunchy and totally fresh manadarin 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
Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Peanut Dressing - #FitFriday

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. 

Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Peanut Dressing - #FitFriday

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.

Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Peanut Dressing - #FitFriday

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.
Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Peanut Dressing - #FitFriday

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!

Yield: 6

Crunchy Mandarin Orange Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing



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.