Asian Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing

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This zesty Asian slaw is packed with flavor and whips up in minutes! You need to make this show-stopping side dish for your next summer cookout.

Bowl of Asian Slaw with a wooden spoon in it.

My vegan coleslaw is one of my favorite summer sides. And with cookout season right around the corner, I’m starting to crave cool summer salads. I thought maybe this time I’d take things up a notch though. Are you guys ready for more slaw?

And I’ve had Asian slaw on my list of recipes to work on forever. And well, summer is unofficially about to begin, with Memorial Day weekend coming up fast, so I figured now was the time!

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What is Asian Slaw?

Blue surface set with plate of Asian Slaw, chopsticks, napkin and cilantro.

Is Asian slaw a new thing for you? It’s a lot like coleslaw, but instead of a creamy mayo dressing, Asian slaw is made with a light, zesty dressing with Asian-inspired flavors, like the sesame and ginger you’ll find in this one.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Rice vinegar. Look for this in the international foods section of your supermarket.
  • Soy sauce. Gluten-free tamari or liquid aminos can be substituted if needed.
  • Maple syrup. Another liquid sweetener such as agave or coconut nectar could easily be substituted for this.
  • Toasted sesame oil. This should also be available in the international foods aisle at the store.
  • Sriracha. Leave this out if you’d prefer a milder version of this dish.
  • Fresh ginger.
  • Garlic.
  • Cabbage. Red cabbage, green cabbage, or a combination of both will work just fine!
  • Carrots.
  • Red bell pepper.
  • Scallions. Also known as green onions.
  • Fresh cilantro. This can be left out if you’re a cilantro hater.
  • Toasted sesame seeds.

Tip: Feel free to substitute some of your favorite veggies. Napa cabbage would work in place of the red/green cabbage, broccoli would be a great sub for the carrots or bell pepper, and daikon radish would be a great way to add some bite!

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

This stuff is just as easy as classic coleslaw, and the method of making it is pretty similar!

  • Start by mixing up your dressing. You’ll be using some rice vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Stir everything together and give it a taste-test. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes.
  • Next, shred some cabbage and carrot. You’ll also be slicing up a bell pepper as well as some scallions and cilantro for this.
  • Throw everything into a big bowl, drizzle in your dressing, and give it a good toss!
Collage showing the 4 steps for making Asian Slaw.

You can taste-test again and readjust the seasonings if you like — more vinegar for extra tartess, more maple syrup if yours is too tart, more ginger for zip, or more garlic just because you can never really have too much garlic. Just make sure to mix your slaw up well if you add anything.

Bowl of Asian Slaw with cilantro, napkin, plates and chopsticks in the background.

I like to top my slaw with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Tip: You can serve this slaw right away, or chill it for a bit. I like it best when it’s been chilled for about 2 hours.

Shelf-Life & Storage

Asian slaw will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. It will lose some crispness over time, so the sooner you eat it, the better!

Bowl of Asian Slaw with Wooden Spoon

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Asian Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing

This zesty Asian slaw is packed with flavor and whips up in minutes! You need to make this show-stopping side dish for your next summer cookout.


  • 2 ½
    rice vinegar
  • 2
    soy sauce (See note)
  • 1 ½
    maple syrup
  • 1
    toasted sesame oil
  • 1
  • 1
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1
    garlic clove,
  • 5
    shredded cabbage
    (about 2 ½ pounds; red, green or a mix)
  • 1
    shredded carrots
    (about 2-3 medium carrots)
  • 1
    medium red bell pepper,
    sliced into thin strips
  • ½
    chopped scallions
    (about 2 scallions)
  • ¼
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1
    toasted sesame seeds


  1. To make the dressing, stir the rice vinegar, soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, sriracha, ginger and garlic together in a small bowl.

  2. Place the cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, scallions and cilantro into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the dressing to the mixing bowl, and everything well to coat the veggies.

  4. Taste test and adjust any seasonings to your liking.

  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately or cover and chill.

Recipe Notes

Use gluten-free tamari or liquid aminos if you need to keep this recipe gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts

Asian Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 49
Calories from Fat 8

% Daily Value*

Fat 0.9g1%

Saturated Fat 0.1g1%

Sodium 245mg10%

Potassium 195mg6%

Carbohydrates 9g3%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 5.3g6%

Calcium 30mg3%

Iron 0.7mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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