Asian Slaw or Coleslaw (One Bowl)

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Quick and easy Asian slaw recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 30 minutes. Full of shredded red and green cabbage, carrots, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger.

Crunchy, packed with nutrition, and oh so colorful. This side dish brings the flavor and beauty to any meal, especially all those summertime festivities coming your way. Here are a few other variations to keep you covered all summer long: Easy Carrot Slaw (One Bowl) and Apple Slaw (One Pot) and Creamy Slaw (One Bowl) and Oil And Vinegar Coleslaw (One Bowl).

Easy Asian Slaw in White Bowl on White Background

How To Make Asian Slaw Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Prepare dressing– By whisking together olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper.
  2. Add veggies– This includes cabbages, bell pepper, carrots, green onions, cilantro.
  3. Mix- Until combined.
  4. Let it rest– For at about 20 minutes.
  5. Add toppings– This includes peanuts and sesame seeds.

What To Serve With Easy Asian Coleslaw Recipes?

This is one of those side dishes that can easily be served on its own or you can use it as a filling/ topping in sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, tacos, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, stuffed potatoes:

Serve it with protein such as fish, beef, ham or chicken:

What Is The Difference Between Coleslaw And Slaw?

The word “cole” typically means that the salad is cabbage-based. However, “slaw” refers to any vegetable such as broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, etc being shredded and used as the base for the salad.

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Asian Slaw Dressing/ Asian Coleslaw Dressing

Whisk together the following ingredients and store in a sealed jar in fridge for up to 1 week , or use immediately:

  • 1/4 tbsp Olive oil Or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Peanut butter Creamy
  • 1-2 tbsp Honey Adjust according to your sweetness preference
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce Low sodium
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha sauce Adjust to your preference
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Finely minced, Or replace with 2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Finely minced, Or replace with 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste

Variations For Asian Slaw Salad

Add ramen noodles– This adds even more texture and crunch. Use it as a topping, prior to serving.

Honey substitute– Try maple syrup or agave syrup.

Use toasted seeds and nuts– Because this adds even more flavor and aroma.

Make it spicy– Add more sriracha sauce or add red chili flakes.

Add mayo– For a creamy version.

Make it gluten free– Use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, or use a gluten free soy sauce.

Add fruit– Such as fresh mangoes or pineapples.

Try other nuts– Such as almonds or walnuts.

Add other vegetables– Such as cauliflower, broccoli or brussel sprouts.

Add shredded coconut– For some texture and flavor.

Pickled slaw– Mix in some pickled carrots and veggies or this Homemade Kimchi for a fermented version.

Tips And Techniques For Oriental/Chinese Coleslaw

Why is my slaw soggy? The vegetables will begin to release water, as the slaw sits. Serve it immediately to prevent this from happening.

Why is my slaw dry? This means you need more dressing or it has all settled to the bottom of the bowl. Mix it up first, and if it is still dry, add more dressing.

Resting time is important- Because this allows the flavors to marinate and really develop. Don’t marinate for too long because that will lead to a soggy mess. 15-20 minutes is sufficient.

Adjust seasoning– Add more or less according to your personal preference.

Serve a crowd– Make a bigger batch by doubling or even tripling all the ingredients to feed a lot of people.

Adjust the amount of dressing– Add more or less depending on your preference.

Storage

Make ahead instructions– Make the dressing and keep it separately from the vegetables in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Then, toss everything together and enjoy.

Refrigerate– Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 2 days, but the vegetables won’t be as crunchy anymore.

Freeze– You can not freeze this dish because of the water content in the veggies. They will not thaw well, and the texture will be very unappetizing and it will be a soggy mess.

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One Pot Asian Slaw (Asian Coleslaw)

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy Asian slaw recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 30 minutes. Full of shredded red and green cabbage, carrots, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger.

Servings: 6 People
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese coleslaw, homemade slaw
Calories: 177 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

Asian Slaw Dressing
  • 1/4 tbsp Olive oil Or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Peanut butter Creamy
  • 1-2 tbsp Honey Adjust according to your sweetness preference
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce Low sodium
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha sauce Adjust to your preference
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Finely minced, Or replace with 2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Finely minced, Or replace with 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
Slaw
  • 6 cups Cabbage Combination of red and green, Shredded
  • 1 Bell pepper Red or green, Thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Carrots Washed, Peeled, Cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup Green onions Thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro Finely chopped
Toppings
  • 1/3 cup Peanuts Roasted, Unsalted, Preferably Roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Sesame seeds White and black, Toasted

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, prepare the dressing by whisking together olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper until smooth and creamy.

  2. Add cabbages, bell pepper, carrots, green onions, cilantro and mix until evenly coated.

  3. Let the slaw sit at room temperature for at 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to deepen and develop.

  4. Sprinkle peanuts and sesame seeds on top.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best after 20 minutes but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. However, the slaw won’t be as crunchy any more. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Asian Slaw (Asian Coleslaw)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 428mg18%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 4429IU89%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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