Asian Coleslaw with Sesame Dressing on a white plate along with gold fork and knife.

Asian Coleslaw with Sesame Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: coleslaw, vinaigrette coleslaw
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

Refreshing and colorful Asian Coleslaw with Sesame Dressing recipe - a perfect salad to complement BBQ meats, taco dinner, Ahi tuna steak, and other Asian dinner menus.



  • 1 cabbage (I use ½ green and ½ purple)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bunch cilantro (½ cup after chopped)
  • 1 green onion/scallion
  • other vegetable choices (shelled edamame, bell peppers)



  1. Gather all the ingredients.
    Asian Coleslaw Ingredients

Make the dressing

  1. In a large bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, sesame oil, kosher salt, and sesame seeds.

    Asian Coleslaw 1
  2. Add freshly ground black pepper and whisk well to combine until sugar is dissolved.

    Asian Coleslaw 2

Prepare the salad

  1. Peel and julienne the carrot and cut the length in half if necessary.
    Asian Coleslaw 3
  2. Chop cilantro into ½ inch pieces and finely cut the green onions.
    Asian Coleslaw 4
  3. Remove the core of the cabbage and cut (or shred) the cabbage into thinly slices.
    Asian Coleslaw 5
  4. If you use two kinds of cabbage, cut the other one. Wash under cold water and drain completely (I use the salad spinner – works wonderful!).

    Asian Coleslaw 6
  5. Add all vegetables in the bowl with the dressing in it. Toss everything and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

    Asian Coleslaw 7

To Store

  1. You can keep the salad in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. I don't recommend making this dish ahead (1-2 hours is okay, but not a day before). Enjoy it soon while crunchy and fresh!

Recipe Notes

Sugar: 3 tablespoons of sugar might seem a lot when you are making the dressing, but you do need to balance out with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in the recipe.  You can swap sugar with healthier alternatives like maple syrup or honey, but make sure to taste the dressing first if its not too tangy before tossing with vegetables. 


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