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Asian Slaw

This easy to make Asian slaw is crisp, crunchy and full of Asian inspired flavour. This colourful slaw makes a very versatile side dish that easily compliments a variety of your favourite mains. Paleo and Whole30 friendly.


This simple Asian slaw is really just that…..a very simple side dish…..but the crunchy vegetables, added optional chili and nuts all topped off by a sweet, salty, spicy dressing really make this slaw stand out.

Its a salad that ticks all the boxes that a good salad should have – tasty, healthy, colourful, a variety of different textures and great flavour. I promise you it will be one side dish that you will want to enjoy again and again!

Close up of crunchy Asian Slaw

Additional Recipe Notes for making Asian Slaw

  • I really like a bit of spice in any Asian style salad so I have added some chopped chili, but if you are are feeding the whole family then keep the chili aside to sprinkle over the adult servings and the same goes for the dressing. You can easily split the dressing portion and stir some chili flakes in at the end for the adults.
  • If you are following a Whole30 or Paleo diet then you will need sub coconut aminos for soy sauce and when sourcing the ingredients to make the dressing be sure to read the label to ensure there are no nasty additives or hidden sugars.
  • I have used a blend of purple and green cabbage, purple cabbage not only gives this salad a lovely colour but is also high in antioxidants. You will need approximately 1/4 head of each cabbage to make 2 cups of shredded unccooked cabbage for this slaw.

What goes well with this Asian slaw?

Now obviously as the name suggests this slaw will go well with most Asian food, it will work well as a side dish alongside some barbecued meat such as my Thai Chicken Skewers or to serve along side a Asian style noodle dish such as this Vietnamese Prawn Noodle Salad.

You can also serve this Asian slaw as a main meal (it will serve less people obviously) and enjoy it with some grilled chicken, fish or prawns on top.

This slaw can also be made ahead for easy lunches…….Make a big batch of this salad to take for lunches in the week – keep it simple and add a can of tuna, salmon, pre-cooked shredded chicken, a boiled egg or stir through some chickpeas.

If you are looking for other tasty Asian inspired recipes you may like to try:

Korean Zucchini Pancakes

Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Gado Gado Indonesian Salad

Chicken and Vegetable Miso Soup

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Have a lovely week!


Serves 8

Asian Slaw

A crunchy Asian slaw with a full flavoured Asian style dressing.

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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5 based on 12 review(s)


    Asian Slaw
  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1/4 cup spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbspn sesame seeds (I used a mix of black and white)
  • 2 red chilies, small, finely chopped *optional
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbspn soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbspn fish sauce
  • 1 Tbspn sesmae oil
  • 1 Tbspn olive oil
  • 1/4 tspn red chilli flakes *optional
  • 1 tspn garlic, crushed *optional


  1. Place all of the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the dressing together.
  3. Toss the dressing through the salad just before serving.


This salad contains 7gm of net carbs per serving.


Whole 30
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
wheat free
seafood free
mustard free



312 cal


24 g


15 g


11 g
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  • Reply
    Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!
    April 16, 2019 at 8:39 am This slaw looks so fresh and perfect for summer grilling picnics, can't wait to try it out!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm Thank you Kari!
  • Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 4:32 am I love salads like this! SO tasty, refreshing, and easy! That dressing sounds good enough to eat along!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 18, 2019 at 8:35 am Thank you Jean!
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    Renee Kohley
    April 18, 2019 at 5:51 am The dressing sounds fantastic - I love those flavors! I like to make slaws to keep in the fridge for the week for easy side dishes! Thanks!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 18, 2019 at 8:35 am Thanks Renee, yes slaws are great for easy side dishes in the week!
  • Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 8:10 am Love the idea of asian flavors in a slaw, especially that dressing! I might just have to leave out the cilantro though (ha, just can't do cilantro, but maybe I'll try mint instead).
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 18, 2019 at 8:35 am Aah yes its funny how some people just can't do cilantro - I on the other hand love it! Yes mint will also work well :)
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    April 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm I'd love to eat this straight up or put a nice piece of grilled fish on top. So many options.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm Thanks Kelly, yes its pretty versatile :)
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    Megan Stevens
    April 18, 2019 at 3:33 pm Oh my goodness, such a big yum to this!! I like the idea of leaving it to marinate and wilt overnight. Super yummy!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm Thanks Megan, aah yes that would definitely make it flavourosme!
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    Raia Todd
    April 19, 2019 at 6:45 am I love the sound of that dressing! My family is full of coleslaw fiends, so I'm definitely trying this out on them!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm Haha love it (coleslaw fiends!) I hope they enjoy this one :)
  • Reply
    April 19, 2019 at 9:35 am I love a colorful salad like this. So colorful and it looks crunchy good, too.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm Thanks Linda, it does have a nice bit of crunch! :)
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    April 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm That looks so delicious and I love it's low carb and healthy, too!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm Thank you Chihyu!
  • Reply
    April 22, 2019 at 5:27 am I love all the flavors in this zingy Asian Slaw. That dressing :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:37 pm Thanks Stacey, yes the dressing tops it off nicely!
  • Reply
    April 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm I love the color in this dish, looks so good!! Pinning for later, thanks for sharing!!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm Thanks Sara!
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    Anne Lawton
    April 23, 2019 at 1:18 am This slaw looks great! I love all of the beautiful colors and ingredients in it! Perfect for the summer!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm Thank you Anne :)
  • Reply
    April 23, 2019 at 2:09 am I love all the colors in this, and the dressing is absolutely delicious!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm Thanks Annemarie!

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