Make Ahead

Better-Than-Deli Asian Sesame Slaw

July 22, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 10-12
Author Notes

The deli counter at my local supermarket sells what it calls Chinese Sesame Slaw. A concoction of Asian-ish ingredients, it is a nice change from the standard Cole slaw (Deli Guy literally told me, "Try it, you'll like it!"). Delicious as it was, oil seemed to be the major ingredient, practically oozing its way out of the sealed plastic container.
With some experimentation, I created a clone, but with significantly less oil. It can be made up to a day in advance, easily doubles, and travels well to a picnic, barbecue or potluck. —ohyoucook

What You'll Need
  • 1 16-ounce bag bag fresh coleslaw mixture (pre-shredded cabbage and carrot)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place the Cole Slaw mixture.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over the slaw mixture. Gently toss until dressing is evenly distributed. Chill if not serving right away.
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4 Reviews

Merry January 16, 2020
We have been looking for an Asian slaw to use with a fish taco recipe and this may be the one. We used equal amounts of red cabbage and green cabbage plus some slices of watermelon radish. The dressing was tweaked a bit with fresh ginger (grated) rather than ground. After tasting the finished dish, we added a dash of fish sauce. Lovely combination and one we will be repeating. Thank you for this one!
ohyoucook January 17, 2020
You're welcome! You are right about the fresh ginger ... I think I was lazy the day I made it. Fish sauce sounds like an awesome addition.
Merry January 17, 2020
Loving it with fish tacos tonight - our find of the moment. Thank you!
JanetFL July 28, 2013
Thanks for this recipe. I've had "Asian Slaw" from the deli, too, and found it way too oily for me. Looking forward to trying this!