Easy Asian Slaw - Weekend at the Cottage

Easy Asian Slaw

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Toast the sesame seeds: Bring a small skillet to temperature on medium high heat. Add sesame seeds and toss them about until they turn a light, golden colour. Immediately transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  2. Prepare the dressing: Blend together all of the ingredients for the dressing using a conventional or immersion blender to a fine consistency.
  3. Assemble the salad: Empty the bag of coleslaw into a medium-sized bowl. Add ¾ of the quantity of dressing and toss. Add ¾ of the quantity of toasted sesame seeds and toss again. Add more dressing to taste. Transfer salad to a service bowl or platter and garnish with chopped scallions and remaining sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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Packaged coleslaw tossed in a tangy, sweet and spicy Asian inspired dressing…

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    5 MIN
  • 6 SERVINGS
Easy Asian Slaw

Everyone love this EASY ASIAN SLAW! Make it and find out what all the fuss is about!

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the lovely guy who stopped me at a local grocery store. He said he follows Weekend at the Cottage and loves what we do, then cut to the chase: “How about an easy coleslaw recipe – one you make at home.”

What a brilliant idea! I know Carol is going to love it because her favourite posts are always those with few ingredients, easy preparation and tons of flavour. As I’ve learned over the years, if Carol loves something, others will too. This then is your friendly reminder to PIN this recipe to a favourite Pinterest board or bookmark the page for reference.

I make this simple Asian salad quite often and I affectionately refer to it as my “slaw, blah, blah”. Only a few tips needed before you’re making it like a pro. Once you’ve tasted the results, it will appear as a weekly favourite in your menu planning.

Let’s make EASY ASIAN SLAW!

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients for the easy Asian slaw

The main ingredient for this simple Asian cabbage salad is coleslaw. Although you can shred your own cabbage with a tiny bit of carrot, why? The prepared kind found in the produce section of your grocery store will do the trick and is inexpensive too.

Chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds

You will need a few ingredients to make the sesame oil dressing, and two additional ingredients for the slaw itself – scallions and sesame seeds. I like having these flavour boosters on hand and often use them in recipes. In fact, everything used in this Asian slaw salad is great to have on hand for other recipes. 

DRESSING

The prepared coleslaw with a drizzle of the dressing

Although I’ve listed exact measurements for the dressing below, feel free to adjust quantities to taste. A dear friend of mine has an aversion to fish sauce (what?) so if she’s coming for dinner I leave it out. Another friend loves heat – we’re talking a chili flake obsession – so I add twice as much and so on. This dressing welcomes interpretation.

One of the things that helps make this easy salad recipe so effortless is the dressing. It’s especially simple to recreate if you have an immersion blender. I’ve listed my favourite in the Amazon link section below.

TOSS AND SERVE

Easy Asian Salad

Like other coleslaws, this salad is still a welcome treat the next day, though I think it best enjoyed moments after you toss and serve. There’s something really special about a crunchy Asian coleslaw with all those layers of flavour. 

The Asian slaw served into small bowls

We expect you’re going to dream up a bunch of great ways to serve this salad. It’s especially wonderful served with our SWEET AND SPICY SALMON, our ROAST CHICKEN or as a casual side with our SLOPPY JOES or JUICY BURGERS. Talk about yum!

When it comes to easy salad recipes, this one ranks up in our top favourites. Make this EASY ASIAN SLAW and find out why.

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Easy Asian Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bag coleslaw
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, chopped, for garnish
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Thai fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  1. Toast the sesame seeds: Bring a small skillet to temperature on medium high heat. Add sesame seeds and toss them about until they turn a light, golden colour. Immediately transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  2. Prepare the dressing: Blend together all of the ingredients for the dressing using a conventional or immersion blender to a fine consistency.
  3. Assemble the salad: Empty the bag of coleslaw into a medium-sized bowl. Add ¾ of the quantity of dressing and toss. Add ¾ of the quantity of toasted sesame seeds and toss again. Add more dressing to taste. Transfer salad to a service bowl or platter and garnish with chopped scallions and remaining sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

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