Easy Asian Slaw

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This Asian Slaw recipe is savory, sweet, and so quick and easy! Crisp and crunchy veggies in a flavorful sesame dressing.

You need just handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes prep to make this side dish!

5 minute Asian slaw in a bowl garnished with sesame seeds

How to Cut Cabbage for Slaw

Just like a classic coleslaw recipe, cabbage should be cut nice and thin. It’s easy to do.

  • Slice a head cabbage in half and then cut each half so you have quarters.
  • Use a knife to remove the core in a triangle fashion.
  • Using a sharp knife, thinly slice in quarter-inch (or thinner) pieces going from right to left on a cutting board. If you are left-handed (like me :) ), move in the opposite direction.

You can use a food processor or a mandolin, but slicing with a sharp knife is quick and clean up is easier.

Want to save a little time? Buy pre-made coleslaw mix or a broccoli slaw as the base.

5 minute Asian slaw ingredients in a glass bowl

How to Make Asian Slaw

This Asian cabbage salad is an easy recipe. You can easily adapt it to veggies you have on hand. I like to try to combine various colors and textures for a great salad.

Wash and cut any veggies you add into thin strips. Simply toss with the dressing below or a homemade or store bought sesame ginger dressing. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions or even fried wonton strips.

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Review Recipe

Easy Asian Slaw

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine Asian
Crisp cabbage and veggies in a simple rice vinegar dressing.


  • 3 cups green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 cup purple cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots julienned
  • 2 cups red bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish
Sesame Dressing *
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

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  • Combine all slaw ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a separate bowl (or shake in a jar with a lid).
  • Toss slaw with dressing. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and additional green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Cabbage and carrots can be replaced with packaged coleslaw mix if desired.
*Store bought Asian Sesame Dressing can be used in place of homemade dressing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 66, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 210mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 4019IU, Vitamin C: 65mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
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