Asian Coleslaw Recipe

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I’ve been posting main dishes for the past few weeks and it’s good time to take a break.  If you are tired of regular coleslaw, how about trying out Asian style coleslaw?  I named it “Asian” because I needed to differentiate this from my regular coleslaw recipe and ingredients include cilantro and sesame oil.

The original recipe was from my Japanese friend who lives in Southern California.  Ever since I made this salad for the first time, my family prefers this coleslaw over my “western” one.  I was especially in shock when I first saw my son enjoying raw cabbage!  He never ate raw cabbage…  Every time I make this salad, he always finishes it without complaints, and now my daughter who likes to copy him all the time is also eating raw cabbage!  If your child does not like raw vegetable, give this recipe a try.  Maybe they’ll like it.  Thanks Minako-san!

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Asian Coleslaw
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Serves: 4
  • ½-1 cabbage, julienned or shredded
  • ½-1 carrot, shredded
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for dressing and mix well.
  2. Add all vegetables in the bowl and refrigerate at least for 1 hour.
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  1. Nami, I love your blog so much. I adore Japanese food and I’m loving your homestyle recipes. You will definitely getting a lot of these tweets, “Guess what I made tonight. Nami’s _______!”

    • Amy you are funny. I hope I can keep inspiring you. After I got to know so many foodie bloggers, I want to cook THEIR food. But I have to make sure I have good content here too! What’s your favorite Japanese food that you want to cook at home? “Maybe” I can try cooking…we’ll see. =P

    • Kath – this one is very good. If you are used to mayonnaise coleslaw, you should give this a try. It’s less calorie for sure. :-)

  2. Hi Nami, lovely cole slaw.
    We would love if you submitted this recipe & any two other side dishes to this week of the Get Grillin’ event that Cookin’ Canuck and I am hosting :)

  3. Eri

    Hello Nami, I’m so happy I found your blog, it’s awesome! congratulations, you’ll see me here often! I’ll try the salad today!

  4. Silvia


    私はオーストラリアのパースからの院生で、去年の春に交換留学生として神戸大学に行きました。パースに帰ってから、一番恋しくなったのは日本の味です(笑) しかし、パースでは美味しい日本料理屋さんがなかなか見つからなくて、いつもここでレシピを探して、作ってみたんです。今日は友達のクリスマスパーティーのためにこのサラダを作ってみたんです。なみさんのレシピはなんども作ってみても、全部美味しかったし、これも間違いなく美味しいと思います。今日もイチゴ大福を作ろうと思います。


    • こんにちはSilviaさん!コメントどうもありがとう!私は横浜出身なので、同じ港町の神戸は大好きです。日本語とても上手ですね!パースでは日本の材料は手に入りますか?色々とJOCのレシピを作ってくれて嬉しいです。どうもありがとう!イチゴ大福気に入ってもらえると嬉しいです。コメント嬉しかったです。ありがとう!

      • Silvia


        はい、oriental shopで結構簡単に手に入るんですよ。さば以外はね。さばの味噌煮いつも食堂で食べてましたから、今すごく恋しいんです(><)

        • アニメのパワーはすごいですね!さばが手に入らないんですね。サバの味噌煮美味しいですよね。買えないのはとても残念です。いつか冷凍でも買えるといいですね!

  5. Aimee

    I am definitely going to try this!
    It’s interesting because so many (western) style recipes of coleslaw call for mayo, which I find gross most of the time. I am so happy there is an alternative.
    Thank you!!