This homemade Sesame Ginger Slaw is a light, refreshing, and flavorful sesame ginger slaw recipe that is perfect for tacos or as its own easy side dish! Made with real, simple ingredients in a matter of minutes. Perfect for family gatherings or a Sunday supper!
The Best Sesame Ginger Slaw
The flavor combination in this amazing side dish is truly out of this world! Trust us! You won’t regret it. It can stand on its own as a delicious side dish recipe or use it as a topping on your favorite sandwich or taco recipe. So light and refreshing! The homemade sesame ginger dressing is definitely the best part of this Asian cabbage slaw – so good!
What You Will Need
- green cabbage & purple cabbage – you simply can’t have a slaw without them! They are the main ingredient.
- carrots – these provide the classic crunch in any slaw.
- green onions – also called scallions, provide a mild onion taste and nice pop of color.
- ginger sauce – ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), fish sauce, olive or avocado oil, coconut sugar, garlic, lime juice, and sesame oil. Recipe card notes options for making this Whole30.
How To Make Sesame Ginger Slaw
The first steps to making this easy sesame ginger slaw is to place all the sauce ingredients in a mason jar, cover, and shake! You can also whisk them together in a small bowl.
Then pour the sauce over the top of the vegetables.
Toss to fully combine and garnish with sesame seeds, if you wish. Serve any way you want!
- Meal prep: whether you want to combine the slaw and sauce ahead of time is up to you. As the slaw sits in the sauce, it will start to breakdown a little bit and become slightly wilted or soggy (which some people like). Just be aware of it. You can mix them ahead of time, store each in an airtight container, & combine about 30 minutes before serving. Totally up to you!
- Recipe variations: if you are looking to change things up a bit you could add some sliced cashews, snow peas, diced bell peppers, or any other crunch vegetable. And if you want to make it more than a side dish, try adding some shredded chicken or pan-fried shrimp!
- Short-cuts: if you are interested in skipping all the chopping, you can find pre-shredded cabbage and carrot sticks in the produce section of your local grocery stores.
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Sesame Ginger Slaw – a light, refreshing and flavorful sesame ginger slaw recipe that is perfect for tacos or as its own side dish!
- 1 1/2 cups green cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, julienned
- 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
- 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- Combine Slaw ingredients in a medium bowl and mix.
- Combine Sauce ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Taste and add any additional soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, garlic, etc. as desired.
- Pour the Sauce over the Slaw and stir to combine.
- For best results, let sit for about 15-30 minutes, then serve.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds right before you serve.
- Whole30: simply omit the coconut sugar and use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
- Sauce: we love using our sesame ginger dressing, but a peanut sauce or spicy mayo might also be nice for an interesting spin on the classic Asian slaw.
- Making ahead of time: you can easily prep this ahead of time – whether you want to combine the slaw and sauce ahead of time is up to you. As the slaw sits in the sauce, it does get a little less crunchy (which some people like). Just be aware of it. You can always make the sauce and slaw ahead of time and keep them separate, then combine about 30 minutes before serving. Totally up to you!
- Serving Suggestions: we love using this in Pork Belly Tacos and Pulled Pork Tacos! But it is also really good on its own!
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 40
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 161.6 mg
- Fat: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.9 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: sesame ginger slaw