I promise this Asian Coleslaw will be your go-to side dish salad this summer. You can whip it up in minutes and the super yummy sesame-flavored dressing turns the crunchy cabbage and carrots into a mouth-watering bite.
I originally shared this recipe on February 11, 2014. I have updated the images and some of the text today.
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Why You’ll Love This Asian Coleslaw with Sesame and Ginger
This Asian-inspired coleslaw is mayo-free and made with an oil and vinegar dressing, loosely inspired by my Asian Sesame Dressing. We’ve added crunchy colorful red and green cabbage, a necessity in traditional coleslaw, but we have also added in more colorful crunchy veggies for color, texture and flavor!
Serve it with Maple Teriyaki marinated chicken, Sesame Noodles or pair with our Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Short Ribs.
Ingredients For This Asian Coleslaw
For the Dressing:
- White vinegar: You can also use cider vinegar learn more about vinegars here.
- Maple syrup: You can sub in white sugar if you like.
- Tamari: This is a type of gluten-free soy sauce. If you are following a paleo diet you can use Coconut Aminos instead.
- Oil: I use a blend of toasted sesame oil, avocado oil and flax seed oil (for a nutritional boost because it is a great source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.)
- Seasoning: You’ll need ginger, salt and pepper. I recommend grating the ginger for the best flavor and so that it blends into the dressing well.
For The Slaw:
- Cabbage: You can use green, a mix of green and red (or purple) or even savoy or Napa cabbage if you prefer. Here’s how to cut the cabbage for the slaw.
- Vegetables: These add contrasting color and crunch. Shred the carrots on a box grater, and julienne cut the peppers and radishes. Then simply slice the scallions finely.
- Toasted sesame seeds: for garnish
How To Make Asian Coleslaw
To make the dressing whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, flax oil, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil and salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Once the dressing is made add in the veggies and sesame seeds and toss the coleslaw combine.
FAQs and Expert Tips For Asian Coleslaw
Make Ahead Instructions
- You can make the dressing ahead. Do so up to a week in advance.
- The cabbage and other veggies can be cut one day ahead. Keep in a resealable container, or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.
- If the oils in the dressing become solid, set the jar in a bowl of warm tap water to warm up to room temperature. Shake the dressing well before pouring over the salad.
This Asian Coleslaw sits well for a picnic or barbecue. Serve with a slotted spoon or tongs as it will get watery in the bottom of the bowl. It can be made up to 8 hours in advance. Leftovers will last up to three days.
What To Serve with this Asian Coleslaw
- I love these Peanut Noodles. They have plenty of ginger!
- You could make these Hoisin Glazed Asian Turkey Meatballs and rice for a nice meal.
- I adore this Maple Tahini Roasted Salmon, and this coleslaw would be a great side dish.
- This Thai Coconut Lime Grilled Skirt Steak is always very popular and would make a nice compliment to these Asian flavors.
- Or try it with short grain brown rice and these uber delicious Korean BBQ Meatballs.
More Healthy Coleslaw Recipes
We have amassed quite a few coleslaw recipes here at Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Between celebrating the month of May for National Salad Month and making healthy side dishes for summer potlucks, backyard barbecues and picnics, there are too many opportunities to whip up another bowl of coleslaw. We have more than a half dozen slaws here!
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- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 cups 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
I promise this Asian Coleslaw will be your go-to side dish salad this summer. You can whip it up in just minutes and the sesame dressing goes well with so many dishes.
3 tablespoons white vinegar, or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari, see **ingredient note
1 tablespoon flax seed oil, see *ingredient note
1 tablespoon avocado oil or organic canola oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black or white pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 cups finely chopped cabbage
½ cup grated carrots
1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/4 cup radishes
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
- Whisk vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, flax oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, ginger, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a large bowl.
- Add cabbage, carrots, peppers, scallions, radishes and sesame seeds and toss to coat.
**Ingredient note: to make this PALEO, substitute coconut aminos for the tamari.
*Ingredient note: Flax seed oil, or FLAX OIL is a great source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Flax oil can be found in the refrigerated section of health food stores and large supermarkets. It is heat sensitive, so don’t cook with it and be sure to store it in the refrigerator. It has a slight nutty/fishy flavor, so it is best when paired with bold flavors like those in this dressing. You can sub avocado oil or organic canola oil for the flax if you don’t have it.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: Asian
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 95
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 322 mg
- Fat: 6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 10 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g
Keywords: Sesame Coleslaw,Asian Coleslaw
Stellar!! I can’t believe how delicious this is! It’s a keeper!
As always with Katie, I learn far more than how to make a dish: this one a great coleslaw that even little grandchildren will enjoy. Readers learn about different oils and vinegars and their uses. If I had wanted to investigate the cutting of cabbage heads, I could have done that as well. Healthy Seasonal Recipes is a favorite for this cook with gluten intolerance, Crohn’s Disease, and a diabetic husband. I’ll be making this coleslaw again many times.
Hi virgina. Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate it and I am thrilled you like this Asian slaw so much! Yippee!
We were getting our menus and foods ready for camping. I had seen this recipe and decided it would be an excellent dish to make and take with us. It looked so good that my husband wanted to try it for dinner. Welllll…..we each had two healthy-sized servings! The salad sat in the fridge for a couple of hours. The veggies were all tender-crisp and the flavors had married. This recipe will be a keeper! What a perfect, healthy, rainbow-colored dish to take to potlucks! Thanks for sharing…
This is such an amazing coleslaw recipe!! My family loved it!
Not only delicious but this has such a gorgeous presentation!
This is so delicious and tasty! I can’t wait to make this again!
I love it! Really refreshing and easy to make!