Monday, July 14, 2014

Asian Peanut Coleslaw

Super coleslaw with peanuts and thai dressing

Need a salad to bring to our next party? This Asian Peanut  Salad looks and tastes spectacular. My friend Melissa is an amazing cook. We attended a BBQ last Sunday, and she brought this healthy delicious salad. It's an Asian version of coleslaw with peanuts, peanut butter and edamame. It tastes sensational and is easy to assemble.

It's gluten free, grain free, vegan and has a wonderful flavor that everyone seems to love. In addition, it looks beautiful and inviting. My friend brought this to a party and there was not one morsel left.

After one bite, I began to take pictures and am sharing the recipe because it was such a big hit with everyone.I loved the crunchiness of the peanuts and the Asian spices.

Very Easy to Make

The salad itself is easy to make. You can start with a basic bag of coleslaw  mix of green and red shredded cabbage and some shredded carrots that is available in most supermarkets ( or make your own  in the food processor).add a few red peppers, scallions, and cucumber and you have almost the full salad base.

The dressing is made quickly in the blender and is fresh and spicy. As usual, I don't like things that are "hot",  so I will leave out the hot pepper flakes.

Cabbage is full of fiber, cancer protective antioxidants, and vitamins. It's a great choice for a healthy addition to any meal.
                        thai dressing over peanut coleslaw

Melissa said it was her husband Stu who actually found the recipe online. It was from a blog called Once Upon A Chef. Jen posted lots of step by step pictures and has a fabulous blog with lots of fresh real food. She is worth visiting. In fact,  I just started to follow her. Other than leaving out the red pepper flakes and cutting out the sugar, I just made some minor personal taste adaptations.

Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing


For the Thai Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter or peanut  butter
  • 2 tablespoons  rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • optional: 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • salt to taste

Ingredients For the Salad

  • 4 cups chopped Napa cabbage or shredded coleslaw mix 
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • red bell pepper, very thinly sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 small English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
  • optional: 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame 
  • 2 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro


  1. For the dressing, combine all of the ingredients except for the cilantro in a blender and process until completely smooth. Add the cilantro and blend for a few seconds until the cilantro is finely chopped. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For the salad, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. If serving right away, drizzle the peanut dressing over top and toss; otherwise, serve the dressing on the side so the salad doesn't get soggy.

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  1. This looks beautiful! I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe!

    1. Glad you like it. I love how colorful and beautiful it looks

  2. love the colours in this dish. Looks delicious!

    1. summer vegetables are really colorful . Hope you try it.

  3. My boyfriend loves peanuts and I love the beautiful colours of this recipe - cant wait to give it a go!

    1. We added some extra peanuts to make it even crunchier. It was delicious.

  4. Yum!! This is a perfect time of year for a tasty salad as a meal!! And I love the Thai influence...sounds delicious ...thanks for sharing!!

    1. That's why I'm making salads like this. Why turn on the oven in this heat. A salad is perfect!

  5. Love anything with peanut butter! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. This looks delicious! I remember my mom giving me a Thai salad recipe and loving it. I think it include Napa cabbage. I can't wait to try yours!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

  7. What a delicious summer salad. Thank you for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. Pinned/shared.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon with another delicious recipe.
    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  8. Hi Judee,
    I just love your Asian Peanut Coleslaw, the flavor will be fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, I always look forward to your visits!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  9. Delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog-hop, pinning it.

  10. What a great salad recipe. This is quite a unique idea with putting in the Asian peanuts. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!

  11. I love all of the colors and flavors in this salad/slaw. I could practically make a meal out of it. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

  12. This sounds amazing! I think I've had something similar at Sweet Tomatoes (or somewhere similar) so I'm stoked to have a recipe to make at home! I think I have all of these ingredients too. Can't wait to make this!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!! Looking forward to seeing another great recipe this week!

    1. We don't have Sweet Tomatoes in Philadelphia but I LOVE IT when we are in Florida. One of my favorite places to go...

  13. What a lovely fresh and crunchy salad, Judee! And the dressing sounds fantastic too. Thank you for sharing this deliciously wholesome recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

    1. It is a wonderful salad with a spectacular dressing.

  14. Hi Judee,
    Awesome! Thank you for sharing this wonderful Asian Peanut Coleslaw recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

  15. This sounds quite tasty! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. My teenage son has been so bad about eating vegetables lately. This coleslaw is perfect because he loves peanut anything. Pinned. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday.

    1. Diane,
      Hope your son likes this peanut coleslaw. It is really good

  17. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

  18. I love Thai food, but I've never tried to make it before. Maybe this will get me into it. ;) Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays. :)

    1. If you are going to try to make Thai food, this is an easy start. Good Luck

  19. This does sound delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinning.

  20. I am pinning this - it's absolutely beautiful!

    1. Vicki,
      Thank you. I feel like it looks really beautiful also


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