Vegetarian Cabbage Slaw (Goi Chay)

This recipe is the vegetarian version of the popular Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad.  I make it using pan-cooked (not fried!) tofu.  It’s a quick and delicious salad I make often for potlucks and get-togethers. Don’t skimp on the herbs–it’s what makes this salad so fragrant and refreshing!

Watch video below for instructions.


8 oz package extra firm tofu
1-14 oz bag of finely shredded green cabbage (6 cups)
1 cup julienned carrots
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup mint, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Vietnamese coriander or cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp black sesame seeds

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped


Remove tofu from packaging.  Rinse with water and pat dry using a paper towel. Cut tofu into thin slices.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  When skillet is hot, place tofu slices into pan.  Cook until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Cut into thin strips.

Mix dressing and stir until sugar is dissolved. Combine tofu and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Drizzle dressing and toss salad well.  When serving, sprinkle more sesame seeds and garnish with fresh mint.

Yields:  8 cups

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4 Responses to Vegetarian Cabbage Slaw (Goi Chay)

  1. Pmury May 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Still making this and now my friends are as well! Spot on recipe.

    • Trang May 21, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      Hi! That’s great your friends like the recipe too. Appreciate you sharing it with them. Are you a vegetarian?

  2. Pmury September 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! It tastes just like my favorite salad at The Elephant Walk restaurant in the Boston area!

    • Trang September 15, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      Hi, awesome! Glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing your comments!

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