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Do you know a good name for coleslaw other than coleslaw?

There might not be one – which is really too bad – because coleslaw has so much potential and quite a bit of flexibility. It also packs a ton of nutrients in one small package. Too bad the name isn’t so attractive.

Coleslaw and potato salads are those two quintessential salads for any successful BBQ. But not the nasty kind you get from the grocery store with all the questionable ingredients, overly drowned with nasty dressing, so no vegetable flavor remains.

No. Not that kind.

But rather the kind where the cabbage is still crisp and fresh, perfectly dressed with just the right amount of dressing so it compliments all the other flavors. Or a potato salad made with new potatoes, either boiled to perfection and soft but not mushy, or roasted and delicious (I’ll have to make one of those soon).

Back to coleslaw. The best part of a coleslaw is that it is highly adaptable. Change the dressing and you change the salad. This allows it to pair well with almost any BBQ theme and it’s always perfect for fish or grilled chicken.

No matter how hard I try to sell this coleslaw, it still won’t sound as appetizing as it would if it had a different name.

So instead of slaw, I’ll just call it a cabbage salad. After all, it’s not really assembled like a slaw. At least not shown here, but it can be done either way. Combining all the ingredients together is an option, but it doesn’t look very pretty that way. I chose to do a deconstructed version of a coleslaw to highlight all the wonderful ingredients and the freshness of the flavors.

Not only is it filling but it’s low in calories and you’ll feel healthier just for having eaten it!

Asian Purple Cabbage Salad

  • 1/2 head of Purple Cabbage or 6 cups
  • 1 carrot, julienned or shredded
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

In a small frying pan over medium high heat, toast the sesame seeds until golden. About 1 minute. To assemble the salad add all the ingredients to a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. If you own a mandoline, it will make chopping the carrot and radishes super fast.

Alternately, spoon 1 -2 Tbsp of dressing onto a plate. Layer the ingredients separately on a plate, on top of the dressing. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Example show above.

Asian Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari  or low sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Srirachi sauce or other hot sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Maple syrup or other sweetener

Using a blender or an emulsion blender, combine all the ingredients above until smooth and creamy.

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I’m sharing this with Summer Salad Sunday, My Meatless Monday, Mangia Monday, Monday ManiaSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesday, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat Tuesday, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, and Full Plate Thursday.

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