Leslie's Peanut Slaw

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Author Notes: I lived with my Aunt Leslie and Uncle Doug for a stint after college while starting professional school in Cleveland. Leslie is an incredible cook and a rare woman who still cooks a sit-down family dinner almost every night. I have seen her make this slaw many times, so I can only hope I have recreated it almost as well as she. Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus

Food52 Review: This recipe is the perfect marriage—one that is layered, interesting, crunchy, spicy and all-around satisfying. For the love of everything that is holy, chop those peanuts before introducing them into the mix. Let it sit to soak in the flavors. Any less is a disservice. Do the right thing and you will be rewarded.Stephanie Anderson


Serves 4

For the slaw base:

  • 1 medium head of green cabbage (use half if you have a particularly large cabbage), cored and shredded
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts (you can purchase them this way, or toast raw peanuts over medium heat in a dry heavy-bottomed pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes)
  • One 14-ounce can of unseasoned black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

For the sweet and spicy dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 pickled jalapeños/green chiles (cans may be found in the International Foods or Mexican Food aisle), finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or other light unflavored oil such as grapeseed or canola
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a small bowl, use a whisk to combine all ingredients except for the oil. Slowly drizzle in oil, continuing to whisk the mixture, until slightly thickened, as you would do with a vinaigrette. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Pour dressing over slaw mixture and toss to combine. Let chill in the fridge for 2 or 3 hours prior to serving so that the flavors combine and the cabbage just slightly softens.

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