Spicy Sesame Slaw

So Craig and I are going away on vacation in a few days and as a result we are trying to eat up all the food we have in the fridge. I went a little crazy at the farmer’s market this weekend so this is proving to be quite a challenge. I had picked up beautiful heads of green and red cabbage so I knew I had to make slaw. I threw in carrots, green beans and some herbs to dress it up a bit. Now, as you know I HATE mayo, so I usually make some kind of creamy peanut slaw. Instead, I decided to experiment with some different Asian flavors to come up with something spicy and complex.

Since it had been quite an indulgent weekend, I wanted this salad to be a complete meal. So I added some edamame for protein and fiber. The dressing took a few tries to get right, but it incorporates a lot of healthy fats and adds a ton of flavor to the crunchy veggies.


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Spicy Sesame Slaw
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Serves: 6
  • 1 head of green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 head of red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots (approx 4 carrots)
  • ½ lb green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1.5 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, washed and chopped
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp chili oil
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 3-4 minutes
  2. Drain, rinse and allow to cool
  3. Blanch frozen edamame in boiling water for 5-6 minutes, until cooked through
  4. Drain, rinse and allow to cool
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, vinegar, rice wine, chili oil and sesame seeds, set aside
  6. In a large bowl combine cabbage, carrots, green beans, edamame and cilantro
  7. Toss with dressing and serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds
If you don't have rice wine or rice wine vinegar you can substitute more apple cider vinegar. If you don't have chili oil, substitute 1 tsp red chili flakes.


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8 Responses to Spicy Sesame Slaw

  1. Jenn and Seth August 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    hope you have a great time on your upcoming vacation! this slaw sounds absolutely delicious, i just love all the ingredients in here!

  2. DeniseB August 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Yum, this looks so tasty and fresh. I am always so happy when cleaning out the fridge equals tasty meals!! Love the dressing on this

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    When I go grocery shopping I sometimes get too excited with all the fresh ingredients and I forget about future dinner plans and all the upcoming events! But great that you share this delicious slaw with us. Have a great vacation Dara!!

  4. Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    This slaw looks so fresh and tasty my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Erin August 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    So, the first thing I always do when I see a cole slaw recipe (the boyfriend LOVES slaw) is look for mayo in it. So I love this one. No mayo! YAY!


  6. Liz August 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh, boy, I love the look of this! Hubby probably wouldn’t touch it, but then that means there’s more for me!!! Have a wonderful vacation!

  7. CJ at Food Stories September 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Dara … This slaw looks amazing & I love how you made it a complete meal :-)


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