Asian-Style Carrot and Cabbage Slaw

by Mary on May 4, 2012


Asian style slaw in a very small bowl

a little bowl of Asian style slaw

Serve this Asian-style carrot and cabbage slaw as a garnish, dish out a big salad bowl of it, or top it with tofu or another protein. The dressing has no sugar yet it’s a little sweet from the grated carrots. The lime juice, sesame oil, tamari, ginger and rice vinegar add plenty of flavor.

I prefer a natural, unsweetened rice vinegar such as Marukan Unseasoned or Organic Unseasoned .  Trader Joe’s has recently started carrying a natural rice vinegar, too.

I didn’t marinate the extra-firm tofu shown in the photo below, though you can certainly check out my marinated tofu recipe if you are planning ahead. This time I just splashed some tamari on the tofu and stir-fried it in a little olive and sesame oil. It was good!

Asian-Style Carrot and Cabbage Slaw
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 3
  • 5 c. chopped Napa cabbage
  • 1 c. chopped red cabbage
  • 2 c. grated carrots
  • scant ¼ cup minced scallion
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced as finely as possible
  • 3 Tbs. rice vinegar, natural or unseasoned (no sugar)
  • 1 Tbs. wheat-free tamari
  • juice of 1 lime (scant 2 Tbs.)
  • 1 Tbs. dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. black sesame seeds
  1. Combine chopped cabbages, grated carrots, and minced scallion and ginger in a large bowl.
  2. Season with the remaining ingredients. Black sesame seeds look dramatic but use whatever kind you have on hand.
  3. Makes three large portions. To turn this into a meal top with a protein source such as seasoned stir-fried cubes of tofu.


Asian style slaw shown in a bowl topped with tofu and with chopsticks nearby

Asian style slaw with tofu

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msihua May 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

Oooo.. I love good sides! Thanks for this!
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Crabby McSlacker May 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This looks awesome, and you can’t get much healthier than cabbage and carrots!

On a totally unrelated topic, I am now totally hankering for that trailmix app you mentioned on CrankyFitness, but I’ve got a droid, not an iPhone. Am I out of luck?
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mary May 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Thanks, Crabby. As far as the TrailMix app, it doesn’t have an Android version, though that’s the number one customer question. It works on the iPhone and will soon be available for the iPod Touch. It would be a whole nother programming project to make an Android version (different computer language, different marketplace).


Liz May 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Just love the look of this salad. Always try to sneak in these healthy side dishes!
Thanks so much for the recipe.
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