Japanese Coleslaw

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4.75 from 8 votes
This Japanese coleslaw has exotic Asian flavors that are bold and delicious.  The best part, though, is there is no mayo in the recipe, so it's perfect for summer.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Japanese Coleslaw

This Japanese coleslaw has exotic Asian flavors that are bold and delicious.  The best part, though, is there is no mayo in the recipe, so it’s perfect for summer.

Japanese Coleslaw

Japanese Coleslaw salad couldn’t be easier to make.  I use a bagged coleslaw mix and add a few extra veggies, but you could easily chop your own cabbage and add whatever veggies you like.  It’s flexible like that. Truly the perfect side dish.

Summer recipes are amazing because they are simple, delicious and so compelling.


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What We Love About This Asian Slaw Recipe

The sauce has a deep soy flavor accented with ginger and garlic.  And, it comes together in a snap.  This sauce will make anything taste great!

  • 10 Minute Salad: Japanese coleslaw recipes are crunchy, spicy and so very flavorful.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone is looking for something a little different and special.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, or dairy free, side dish etc…
A fork in a bowl of slaw.

Ingredient Notes for Japanese Recipe

  • Coleslaw Mix: Bag mix of fresh cabbage from the grocery section.
  • Pea Pods, cut diagonally
  • Green onions, sliced

Sesame Dressing for Asian Salad

Equipment Needed for Recipe for Asian Cole Slaw

How to Make Asian Cabbage Salad

These are the basic steps for making Chinese coleslaw. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: SALAD

First, add salad ingredients to a large bowl. Then in a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients

STEP 2: DRESSING

Finally, pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

Prep and Storage Tips for Chinese Coleslaw

HOW TO MAKE THIS COLORFUL ASIAN COLESLAW RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly, this recipe is great to make ahead of time. It will last three to five days in the fridge.

HOW TO STORE THIS JAPANESE CABBAGE SALAD RECIPE

Store in an airtight container or cover bowl well in foil or plastic wrap.

Frequently Asked Questions about Asian SlawRecipe

HOW TO MAKE THISSIMPLE SALAD RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Use a low fat peanut butter, low sodium soy sauce.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT VEGETABLES FOR THIS PERFECT SALAD?

Of course, use carrots, or whatever vegetable that you like in your coleslaw. Also, try Napa cabbage, red cabbage or green cabbage, savoy, or bok choy. 

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this recipe can be increased or decrease to fit the party you are serving.

CAN YOU ADD MEAT?

Absolutely, try adding salmon, tuna, or even bacon.

A fork full of slaw.

Expert Tips for Making This Asian Slaw Recipe

  • Add Seeds: Sesame seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Short cut tip: Using bagged salad makes this so easy and quick.
  • Variation tip: Broccoli slaw can be used in place of the cabbage slaw.
  • Alternate ingredient: Shaved Brussel sprouts work too.
  • Nuts: Peanuts make an amazing crunch.
  • Zest: Lime Zest or lemon zest or lemon juice can add brightness.

What to Serve with Japanese Coleslaw

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Japanese Coleslaw
4.75 from 8 votes

Japanese Coleslaw

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Japanese coleslaw has exotic Asian flavors that are bold and delicious.  The best part, though, is there is no mayo in the recipe, so it's perfect for summer.
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Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 oz bag of coleslaw mix, 14
  • 1 cup fresh pea pods, cut diagonally
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon House Seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Add salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

Expert Tips

  • Add Seeds: Sesame seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Short cut tip: Using bagged salad makes this so easy and quick.
  • Variation tip: Broccoli slaw can be used in place of the cabbage slaw.
  • Alternate ingredient: Shaved Brussel sprouts work too.
  • Nuts: Peanuts make an amazing crunch.
  • Zest: Lime Zest or lemon zest or lemon juice can add brightness.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: 10 minute

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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5 thoughts on “Japanese Coleslaw”

  1. 5 stars
    This was AWESOME! I did use things I had around like hot honey so I left out the hot sauce and I had this peanut butter from Hawaii with coconut. I also bought some breaded chicken tenders from the deli and added sliced almonds. I can’t wait to impress people with this recipe.

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