Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing

05.05.2016

This Asian Slaw is packed with crisp veggies and fresh cilantro and is tossed in a creamy Thai peanut dressing. This is the perfect side dish for grilled chicken or shrimp, and it’s so easy to make! 

Asian slaw in wooden serving bowl

Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing

Crisp cabbage salads/slaws are the best! I’ve always loved coleslaw, and this is basically a Thai spin on American coleslaw.

Yes, it tastes entirely different but in such a good way! I’ll eat just about anything when it’s covered in a Thai peanut sauce.

I absolutely love the blend of flavors and textures here with the fresh cilantro and green onions, the crisp bell peppers and cabbage, the crunchy carrots, and that incredibly simple yet addictive slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly salty, creamy peanut sauce.

This is the perfect side dish to your favorite Asian chicken recipes. Toss in some grilled chicken breasts and serve it up for lunch. Either way it’s going to be a win!

Asian Slaw Ingredients

For the Asian slaw base, you’ll need:

  • Shredded cabbage
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro

And for the creamy Thai peanut dressing, you’ll need:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Lime juice
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

asian slaw ingredients in large serving bowl

How to Make Asian Slaw

  • Prep the veggies, then add to a large salad bowl and toss to combine.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Asian slaw dressing ingredients. Pour over veggies.
  • Toss slaw to distribute the dressing, then garnish with sesame seeds.

Can I Make This Slaw in Advance?

I wouldn’t recommend tossing the slaw with the dressing until you’re ready to eat it, just because the cabbage gets soggy as it sits in the dressing. If you want to prep this slaw in advance, I recommend tossing the vegetables together and storing them separately from the dressing. Simply combine everything once you’re ready to enjoy!

Is There a Peanut Butter Substitute I Can Use?

If you’re allergic to peanuts, you may be able to substitute tahini in the Asian slaw dressing. I haven’t tried this myself, but I’ve had readers report success with this substitution. Obviously, the flavor will be totally different from the recipe I made, but I think the slaw would still taste good.

close up of asian slaw tossed with thai peanut dressing

Tips for the Best Asian Slaw

  • You don’t have to toast the sesame seeds before garnishing the slaw (although you totally can if you prefer the flavor of toasted sesame seeds!).
  • If you have a sesame allergy, you can omit the sesame oil in the dressing. The flavor won’t be quite as deep, but it will still be delicious.
  • You could make this slaw a meal by adding grilled chicken to it.

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Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing

4.95 from 19 votes

A delicious Thai-inspired slaw salad made with crisp shredded cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper. It's tossed with a flavorful, creamy peanut dressing and served cold.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage (I used a combo of green and red, you can use the pre-cut stuff)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots , roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp peeled and finely minced ginger
  • 1 large clove garlic , finely minced

Instructions

  1. Add all salad ingredients to a a medium salad bowl and toss. In a mixing bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients until well combined (if needed you can season with a little salt). 

  2. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • You can make the salad and dressing portion ahead of time, just refrigerate both separately and add dressing when ready to serve. Also, don't add the dressing to the full portion if you don't plan to eat it all right away, just add to individual servings.
  • Recipe source: inspired by Once Upon a Chef
Nutrition Facts
Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 369mg16%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 4555IU91%
Vitamin C 62.6mg76%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Asian Salad, Peanut Dressing
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

71 comments

  • Stefanie: Making this for a side on Labor Day to enjoy w/ our bbq! August 29, 2018 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Claire: Just tried this Slaw and the dressing is absolutely delicious. August 1, 2018 at 8:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Claire! August 2, 2018 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Janet B.: I’m making this for the second time for my elderly parents for my mom’s 92nd birthday. I’m putting cooked shrimp over the top for protein and a nice lunch. The dressing is to die for!!!! This is five stars!! July 31, 2018 at 6:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review Janet! The shrimp is a great idea! August 2, 2018 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Lisa: Is it spicy with the siracha? June 24, 2018 at 9:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes so if you’d prefer you can omit it. July 9, 2018 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Ivy: I’m in love with the wooden bowl. Can’ wait to try this salad, thank you for sharing the recipe! May 30, 2018 at 1:37am Reply

  • Joy North: Excellent! A new family favorite! May 14, 2018 at 10:20am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment! May 15, 2018 at 11:20am Reply

  • CP: This may be six servings but it is so delicious we ate almost all of it in one meal! Will use this sauce on some other dishes as well. May 8, 2018 at 4:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it!! May 9, 2018 at 9:22am Reply

  • NanaB: Simply delish!! My family no longer asks for mayo coleslaw May 8, 2018 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Win! May 9, 2018 at 9:23am Reply

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