Savoy Cabbage Salad Recipe – A Crowd Pleaser

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Today I am sharing my most asked for recipe. It has become a friends and family favorite recipe that I bring to a potluck style outdoor picnic barbecue or even to a sit down dinner. It is called Savoy Cabbage salad and is quite a crowd pleaser, even your kids will be asking for more.

Savoy-Chinese-Cabbage-Salad-Recipe shown on a plate on table with blue and white napkin and fork.  It is a kid friendly dinner party menu staple.
Savoy Cabbage Salad

It is by far the most asked-for recipe in my recipe box.

I first tasted this Savoy Cabbage salad when my friend Tara brought it to a neighborhood gathering many years ago.  Ed and I loved it and so did my daughters – they were pre-teens at the time.  I asked Tara for the recipe since it would be a way to get more greens into their diet.

Tara worked for the GAP (clothing store) at the time and had written the recipe for me on paper with the GAP logo on it.  That paper went right into my recipe box and for years that is what it stayed on. I never transferred it to a recipe card.   The salad fondly became known as “GAP Salad” in my house.

For many years, when my daughters or I would made it to take to a picnic or party – we also took a few copies of the recipe, knowing in advance – someone would ask for it.  All through their high school and college years this is what their friends always requested they bring to every gathering where food was needed.   It is also what my family, friends, and co-workers always ask me to bring when we get together and I happily oblige, as it is fast and easy to make. No doubt – it is a crowd pleaser!

Savoy-Cabbage-Salad-Ingredients on counter.
Savoy Cabbage Salad recipe
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Savoy Cabbage Salad Recipe – A Crowd Pleaser

This salad is a crowd pleaser for all ages and the most asked for recipe in my recipe box. It can be made with savoy or napa cabbage. Ramen noodles give it a surprise crunch. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Asian noodles
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 193kcal
Cost: $7.00


  • 1 head savoy cabbage chopped
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • 1 package Ramen noodle soup – chicken flavor
  • 1- 2 oz. pkg. Sesame seeds or slivered almonds – I have added both to one salad.
  • Dressing:
  • 6 Tablespoons Nakano Roasted Garlic Rice Wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • Ramen noodle chicken flavor packet


  • Break up Ramen Noodles on a cookie sheet with sesame seeds and/or almonds. Bake at 325° degrees until a very light golden color. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Chop the cabbage into strips and then again crosswise to create bite-size pieces.
  • Chop the scallions.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake well.
  • Right before serving: Mix all the ingredients together and toss until it is mixed well.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 96mg
Ramen-Noodles broken up on cooking sheet.

If you make and take this to a gathering of friends and family – be prepared. Make a few copies of the recipe, I guarantee you are going to be asked for it.

Savoy-Cabbage-Salad-Recipe is a healthy kid-friendly recipe served up on square white plate.
Savoy cabbage salad on a white plate with a blue and white napkin and fork. Text overlay says What's For Dinner Mom? Kids Will Love this.

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  1. Hey Diane; Thank-You so much for posting this Recipe. I have not ever tried this before!
    I must make it however, and take it to the next Gathering, which will be soon!!!
    I am wondering though, is a cup of oil really needed, or can you cut back on that amount? Please let me know what you or the other readers think.
    Thank-You so much :-)

    1. Hi Sunny – Yes you can use less. I have made it using 1/2 cup and it tastes just fine to me. Some heads of cabbage are smaller then others – so you can tweak the amount of oil as you feel is needed for your taste.

  2. Hi Diane,
    I hopped over from FB to see your recipe. We have a lot of this cabbage growing in our garden right now! I will have to adapt your recipe because my husband is allergic to chicken! I’m sure I can use some other flavor of Ramen noodles. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I remember when Kelly made this is Kolda! I was such a happy kid that day and I made her give me the recipe =)

    1. Hi Wilma – I didn’t know she made it when she was in Africa – makes sense though as it was a favorite. Was it hard to find all the ingredients? Are you home yet or still in Africa?

      1. We improvised some things, but it was delish! I’m still in Senegal, but I’ll be home in a month!

  4. Yes, I love this one also. And Mandarin oranges sounds great too. I used to drive a few miles extra to go to a ethnic store to get the Ramen noodles that are already toasted and they had a better taste to me….. I need to look for those again….. you can not get them in the regular grocery store though.

    1. Hi Sheryll -Already toasted Ramen noodles – They would be worth driving a few extra miles for. I will have ask at my local Chinese grocery store.

  5. I can’t believe this! About 20 years ago, a friend named Marcia brought a very similar salad to our house. I got the recipe from her and still have the original copy which is entitled “Marcia’s Salad”. I am ordered to bring it to every family event. Marcia added sesame seeds and almonds to the Ramen noodles while toasting. My own personal touch is adding a can of drained mandarin oranges to the final salad. You are right. Everyone requests this salad!