Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

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This cool and crunchy Asian slaw is a delicious way to eat your colors!

Bowl of colorful Asian slaw with ginger peanut dressing.

This Asian slaw is a great way to eat your colors, and it’s every bit as delicious as it is healthful. I know the list of ingredients looks long, but please don’t let that discourage you. The great thing about the recipe is that it makes use of all the prepared vegetables available at the supermarket today, like shredded coleslaw, grated carrots, and shelled edamame. Pair the slaw with my coconut shrimp, char siu chicken or beef bulgogi burgers. The recipe makes a lot, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers for lunch, in which case the slaw is delicious all on its own.

What You’ll Need To Make Asian Slaw with Ginger-Peanut Dressing

For the Ginger-Peanut Dressing

ingredients for Asian slaw dressing

For the Slaw

ingredients for Asian slaw

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by combining all of the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl.

Asian slaw dressing ingredients in large mixing bowl

Whisk until the peanut butter is dissolved. Set aside until ready to dress the slaw; the dressing can be made up to a few days ahead of time.

whisked dressing in mixing bowl

Next, combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Asian slaw ingredients in mixing bowl

Before serving, add the dressing and toss well.

tossing Asian slaw with dressing

Let the slaw sit for at least ten minutes so the vegetables have a chance to soak up the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a bit more salt), then serve chilled. This slaw is best served fresh but leftovers will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.

Bowl of colorful Asian slaw with ginger peanut dressing.

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Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

This cool and crunchy Asian slaw is a delicious way to eat your colors!

Servings: 6 as a side dish


For the Ginger Peanut Dressing

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (I like Skippy Natural No Need to Stir)
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

For the Slaw

  • 4 cups prepared shredded coleslaw
  • 2 cups prepared shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • 2 medium scallions, finely sliced
  • ½ cup chopped salted peanuts (or you can leave them whole)
  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing (be sure the peanut butter is dissolved). Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and and toss well. Let the slaw sit for at least ten minutes so the vegetables have a chance to soak up the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a bit more salt.) Serve cold. This slaw is best served fresh but leftovers will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.
  3. Make-Ahead Instructions: The dressing can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time; store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 339
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Cholesterol: 6mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • I have made this many, many times and loved it. This time I am serving it to 10 people on a fishing trip. Can I prep the veg and dressing on Sunday, keeping everything separate and mix and serve on Tuesday? For 10 people would you 1.5 x the recipe?

    • — Karen on June 3, 2024
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    • Yes and yes (and glad you like it)! 😊

      • — Jenn on June 3, 2024
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  • I have never left a comment before but this excellent recipe motivated me to do so. I made this for a neighborhood gathering and topped the salad with chicken tenders and shrimp for the protein. Next time I’ll leave off the meat and just enjoy this yummy salad. I definitely added the Sriracha, used ground ginger, and doubled the peanut butter for the sauce- the recipe is definitely a keeper. Leftovers stay fresh and crunchy for days if dressing not added.

    • — Cindy Martineau on November 13, 2023
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  • This is the best Asian Salad ever! Healthy, too. We probably make a big batch every week or two. It’s a hit!! Thanks!!

    • — Lana on September 19, 2023
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  • Delicious! I sometimes throw in broccoli, jicama, other veggies, or chow mein noodle and substitute toasted cashews for almonds and green cabbage in place of purple. It requires a lot of prep time, but the end result is well worth the effort.

    • — Jennifer on September 18, 2023
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  • We really enjoyed this with our grilled Korean style lamb chops. Used the pre-shredded tri-color coleslaw mix to save time and made no other changes.The leftovers were also good.

    • — lowandslow on August 1, 2023
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  • Just made this recipe, and it is so delicious, I don’t know if I can wait for the dressing to soak in 10 minutes!! I just want to start on it right now!!

    • — Diana on July 3, 2023
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  • Loved this recipe! Such a good summer side dish for a BBQ.

    • — Rachel on June 11, 2023
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  • This was SO delicious! We will definitely be making this one again.

    • — Miranda on April 18, 2023
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  • I was tasked with preparing the side dish for our cooking group. The entree was Salmon. Asian Slaw was the perfect side dish.

    • — bbstx on April 13, 2023
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  • Easy and quick to make compared to some other salads we’ve made for lunches, but we found it to be a little bland. Maybe I’d add more sesame oil and used seasoned rice vinegar next time. I think you could increase the amount of peanut butter too. I could hardly taste it.

    • — Keith Swist on March 10, 2023
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  • Yes many of the ingredients may be gluten-free, but for those with Gluten allergies, soy-sauce has wheat in it, so make sure to get a Gluten Free Soy sauce. had no idea, we really need to read the labels for everything we use!!!

    • — Busy Mum on February 4, 2023
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  • Amazing. I tried a lot of recipes and this was by far the best…

    • — angela castro on February 1, 2023
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  • Made this for the first time and it is delicious! The perfect sweet and tangy…love all the crunch. This is definitely in our rotation going forward.

    • — Cara on September 6, 2022
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  • No fish sauce?

    • — Tony d on August 21, 2022
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    • No, I typically use fish sauce for traditional Thai dishes and didn’t think it was necessary here.

      • — Jenn on August 22, 2022
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      • Excellent recipe. I have made it twice and was asked for the recipe both times. I doubled the peanut butter the second time that I made it.

        • — Jane on April 2, 2023
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  • Great recipe. I skipped the peanuts and scallions but otherwise followed the recipe. I topped the salad with chicken breast for a nice summer dinner. Leftovers tasted just as good and the veggies stayed crunchy.

    • — KT on July 7, 2022
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  • As others have said, the sauce was amazing! My husband was eating the drippings at the bottom of the bowl. I also spooned some of the excess dressing onto my steak, and it was delicious. I spooned the dressing on a little to soon and the slaw was a little less crispy than I would have liked, but the extra time permeated the cabbage to my liking.

    • — sharon on July 5, 2022
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  • I added an extra pepper, used napa cabbage only, and made asian style marinated grilled chicken and made the rest as is. It is delicious! My daughter loves this salad.

    • — Diane O'Halloran on June 27, 2022
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  • I’ve made this a number of times now, it’s a crowd pleaser and everyone asks for the recipe. Thank you for posting.

    • — Linda on June 26, 2022
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  • I have made this recipe multiple times and every time it gets rave reviews. It is so simple to make and adapts to any ingredient alterations so nicely.

    • — Kim on June 19, 2022
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  • This dressing is so yummy – I’ll definitely make it again. I realized after starting the recipe that my cabbage wasn’t good anymore so I put the dressing on some mixed power greens – absolutely delightful tossed salad to go with grilled salmon!

  • I made this again tonight for my visiting “foodie” daughter. She had seconds. I made my own slaw mix with napa cabbage, red cabbage and carrots straight off the farm! Yum! I served it with your/ few substitutions, dietary issues, Vietnamese meatballs!!! Omg great combo! Those meatballs and the fish sauce 🥳🤗😮

  • Actually, I stand corrected: Skippy Natural doesn’t have trans fats, but it has sugar and palm oil. (I knew there was a reason I stopped buying it, because it’s soooo good.)

  • I love your recipes and this one has gotten “restaurant quality” reviews from people. I just wanted to say that Skippy Natural PB is delicious, but it contains trans fats. It is not a healthy choice. 🙁

    • Every single time I make one of your recipes, it’s always a success!!! This is an amazing and extremely tasty salad that you can have as a side dish. But, I liked it so much that I am making this for my main meal today! I only substituted the vegetable oil with EVO. I must say that I trust your recipes so much that I don’t need to try them out first before I cook them for guests! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from Limassol Cyprus!!!

      • — Kalliopi Malai on January 13, 2024
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  • Good gracious, just made this recipe along with your German potato salad to serve with a smoked pork butt. I was looking for something a bit different from the usual eastern NC barbeque cuisine. Wow!!! What an awesome slaw and potato salad!! My guests were raving! This was a grand slam! What I like about the slaw- the dressing was the perfectly balanced and I loved the crunch of the cabbage, carrots and other vegetables! I’ll be making this again and again! Thank you so much for the time taken to test, perfect and most importantly, share your recipes!

  • Loved this dressing. It was delicious. Not too sweet and just right. Loved the texture with all the veggies, peanuts, pepper and edamame.

  • The dressing was VERY sweet. I double checked the measurements and it was not very good.

  • I make a lot of different coleslaws, this one is really, really good. Given this slaw has peanut butter in it I would NOT bring it to a potluck.

    I give it an A+, really, it’s that good.

  • This is so good!! I used peas instead of edamame, because I didn’t have any. I added more slaw and used a little less dressing and it was still so good! (I’m trying to eat a little lighter)

  • I didn’t had all the ingredients so I substituted some and even so it is so so yummy!!!
    The dressing it’s amazing!!
    Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

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