Thai inspired cabbage salad with grilled marinated salmon

This Thai inspired cabbage salad holds up really well even if it’s dressed, which makes it perfect for making in advance. Bring it to work for lunch, or to the park for a picnic.

Thai inspired cabbage salad with grilled marinated salmon


450 g (1 pound) pointed- or summer cabbage very thinly sliced
100 g (3,5 oz) carrot, julienned
100 g (3,5 oz) celeriac, julienned
100 g (3,5 oz) red onion, thinly sliced
100 g (3,5 oz) bell pepper, thinly sliced
10 cm (4 inches) leek, thinly sliced
1 handful chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon fish sauce
6 tablespoons soya sauce, gluten free and salt reduced
2 tablespoons tagatose
1 grated garlic
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped chili

In a small pan, reduce the soy sauce to half the amount together with the tagatose.

In a bowl, whisk the soy reduction with the lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, chili, some of the chopped cilantro, and the sesame oil.Thai inspired cabbage salad with grilled marinated salmon

In a bowl, toss the cabbage with the carrot, celeriac, onion, leek, bell peppers, and the rest of the cilantro. Add ¾ of the dressing and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped chili, cilantro and sesamy seeds. Serve the additional dressing at the side.Thai inspired cabbage salad with grilled marinated salmon


2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon tagatose
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1 teaspoon chopped chili
1 teaspoon grated ginger
400-500g (1 pound) salmon filet without skin and bones

Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a dish. Coat the salmon with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Brush the griddle or the pan with canola oil. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the fish filets and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until lightly charred and nearly cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the salmon to plates and serve with the cabbage salad, some extra dressing and lemon wedges. Thai inspired cabbage salad with grilled marinated salmon© endo(f)pain – 2014 – All rights reserved


  1. rebecca

    I am keen to make this for my family tonight, but I am unable to find tagatose where I am. Is there a substitute I could use for this?

    • Hi Rebecca,

      I just tried to make the reduction with sukrin and stevia. I won’t recommend this. The stevia didn’t taste right and the sukrin reduction solidified. I haven’t tried honey, but I think it will work great both in the reduction and in the salmon marinade. Honey has a higher GI than tagatose, but maybe you can make a little less of the reduction and add a little mango in the salad for sweetness.

      I hope it works out, good luck!


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