Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

Blood Orange, Cabbage, Edamame Salad

Did you know that there are quite a few profane cabbage jokes?

I'm having incredible writers block lately (perhaps because I'm writing my thesis and weekly papers for my Italian class, English class, and Internship), and I couldn't think of any way to talk about this salad.

Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

Then I decided to look up cabbage jokes since this salad is made with napa and purple cabbage.

Because really what better way could I use my time?

Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

I stumbled upon a few cute ones like this one:

Q: What's the difference between cabbage and snot? A: Kids dont eat cabbage!

But then I found a whole bunch of weird ones. I'll just let you go and search those for yourself.

Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

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Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

Serves 4 dinner sized salads or 6 side dish salads

This salad is crunchy and refreshing. It is loaded with protein from the edamame and cashews, crunchy veggies, and healthy fats from the vinaigrette. For a complete dinner, it would pair wonderfully with grilled salmon, chicken, or tofu and rice or quinoa. 


  • 4 cups napa cabbage, sliced thin
  • 4 cups purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 pound frozen, shelled edamame
  • 2 blood oranges (or any other orange: navel, cara cara...), peel and pith removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced - you can use any color, I thought red was pretty
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews, toasted
  • large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Ginger Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Ginger Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil - I used blood orange olive oil
  • 1 TBS toasted sesame oil - try not to substitute!
  • 1 TBS red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBS honey (or agave nectar/maple to make it vegan)
  • 1/2 TBS dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger (or 1/8-1/4 tsp powdered ginger)
  • zest from 1 blood orange
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. To defrost edamame quickly, place frozen edamame in a colander and rinse with warm water (I actually rinsed a few times while I prepared the rest of the veggies), Let drain. Alternatively, you can place in a colander and let them reach room temp without the water.

2. In a large bowl, combine both cabbages, edamame, orange slices, bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, and cashews, set aside.

3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad (I didn’t use all of it) and toss until combined.

Storage Salad is best if eaten immediately, but it stores well in fridge for up to one week (cabbage is very hearty). HOWEVER, the cashews become softer and the green onions may get bitter, so I recommend storing them separately, if possible.

Blood Orange, Edamame, and Cashew Salad

Recipe adapted from this Cabbage Salad

Related Recipes

Cabbage Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette, Roasted Almonds, and Cara Cara Oranges (v/gf)

This recipe was the inspiration for my current creation.

Cabbage Salad Cara Cara Orange IMG_6105

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