Creamy Rainbow Asian Slaw

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Sometimes I get stuck in a mode where I think I need to only post entree recipes, or recipes that are filling enough to eat by themselves.  I’ll think of a salad idea and then I start throwing in all these other ingredients like chickpeas and quinoa.  Don’t get me wrong, salads like that are amazing and I pretty much eat them for lunch everyday, but today I am giving you a big bowl of pretty vegetables that can be eaten as a delicious side or as an amazing taco topping (taco+this slaw=coming soon!)

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There are some foods that I think it is totally acceptable to take shortcuts with.  As delicious as homemade tomato sauce is, I always have a few jars stocked so I can make some quick pasta whenever I want.  And I sure as heck am not going to slave over a pasta making machine at 5:00 when I get home from work.

But, there are other foods that don’t take nearly as long to make and are like 1,000 times better than anything you can buy at the store.  Cole Slaw is one of those foods.  I can’t really even stomach store-bought coleslaw.  It is way too sweet, mayonnaise-y, and doesn’t have any color at all!

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When it comes to slaw, it doesn’t get much better than homemade.  I do occasionally buy the pre-shredded bag of cabbage to make things easier but I always make my own dressing.  It really is so easy and you most likely have all of the ingredients you already need to make a simple slaw dressing.

For this Creamy Rainbow Asian Slaw I mixed things up a bit and made a peanut dressing with all kinds of flavorful ingredients like; rice wine vinegar, miso and ginger.  I then poured it all over a big bowl of colorful sliced vegetables and it was glorious!  Although, I said before that I’m trying to post more recipes that aren’t just entrees, I did eat a small bowl of this slaw for a snack today :)

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 I’m kicking up this slaw even more next week when I will bring you Miso Citrus Glazed Tofu Tacos with a big heaping spoonful of this slaw right on top!  Stay tuned and have a great weekend :)


Creamy Rainbow Asian Slaw

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Category: Side, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1 head napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, shredded
  • 3 cups sugar snap peas, Julienned, measure after
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1 large red pepper, cleaned and julienned
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Creamy Peanut Dressing:

  • 1 cup veganaise
  • Heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, or soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons light yellow miso
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons water


  1. Place all vegetables into a very large bowl. You can use two bowls if needed, but once you add the dressing and mix the volume should reduce.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Slowly pour dressing over the vegetables and stir until everything is coated. You may not need all the dressing, depending on how saucy you would like your slaw. Start with a little and add as needed.
  3. For best flavor, let slaw sit for up to 30 minutes before serving. Add peanuts right before serving.

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  1. says

    This looks amazing, Izzy! I love any sort of slaw, but especially love ones with Asian flavors. Your peanut dressing looks completely addicting and perfect for the crunchy veggies. And I just love all of the colors here! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. says

    Oh yeah, this slaw is so what I’m craving right now! So colorful and nourishing. The farm down the road just reopened their farm stand and they’ve been pulling over- wintered crops.. one of them being cabbage! I think slaw is one of my favorite cold salads and is always best homemade. Your peanut miso dressing sounds amazingly delicious… crave worthy! Can’t wait to whip this up with fresh cabbage! Thank you Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Farm stands are so much fun!! You must buy all the cabbage!! It is one of my favorite cold salads too and seems to get so well with everything I love (tacos and burgers!). Oh yeah, the peanut miso dressing is pretty delicious :)

  3. says

    This is just the sort of fresh and bright salad that I crave. It’s big on crunch and flavor, and it’s another one of those salads that keeps really well in the fridge for a few days. I like your addition of napa cabbage and snow peas.

  4. says

    I think this is the most beautiful slaw I’ve ever seen, Izzy!
    It sounds wonderful and actually makes me feel a bit guilty about the sandwiches I often throw together for lunch because I’m being lazy.
    Oh, and that dressing … swoon!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Ceara! Although I’m scared that Spring might almost be over where I live, eeek! I better eat more slaw :)

  5. says

    Slaw is one of those things I just straight up forget about. Like you, I don’t really want to buy it at the store (because blech), but it never comes to mind to make even though I love it. The colors in this are gorgeous and I bet the crunch of the peanuts is great with the crunch of the veggies.

    • She Likes Food says

      I would probably forget about it too except my husband seems to be obsessed with it and is always asking for it! He loves the storebought stuff so I have to make mine extra good to compete with it :)


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