Asian Style Cabbage Carrot Cilantro Slaw

I had half a head of red cabbage and a ton of fresh cilantro left over after making shrimp tacos last week so I decided to make something with them. My first thought was this divine little slaw I made up last winter but when I went in to grab the veggies, I noticed not one, but two bags of organic carrots cooling their heels in the crisper (no doubt the result of my faulty memory last time I bought groceries.)

So I changed course from a Mexican-inspired to an Asian-inspired slaw, pairing the veggies with sesame oil and rice vinegar instead of lime juice and honey.

Shredded red cabbage by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Survey says… YUM! Carrots, cabbage and cilantro are a rather magical combo – crunchy, sweet and fresh. Full of beta carotene, vitamin C, B, A and other good things. And mighty purty to look at, too.

Carrot Cabbage Cilantro Slaw by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Here’s the simple recipe.

Red Cabbage, Carrot, Cilantro Slaw
Serves 4-6 as a side


* 2 cups grated or finely shredded carrot
* 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage (I used my handy-dandy mandolin – makes it a breeze!)
* 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, washed, dried and chopped
* 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (also known as just rice vinegar – they’re the same thing but they’re NOT the same thing as rice wine or mirin which is really good stuff, but something altogether different)
* 1/2 tablespoon sugar, maple syrup, or apricot jam, to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (you can also use peanut or olive oil)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste


Combine the carrot, cabbage and cilantro in a bowl. Mix the other ingredients together and stir to allow the sugar (if you use sugar) to dissolve. Toss it all together and stir to combine.

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Justin M
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William C
William C1 years ago

Thank you.

Sonia M
Sonia M1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Richard A
Richard A2 years ago

Thank you for the recipe.

Elena P
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

Elena P
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Kelly Rogers7 years ago

Sounds good

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Vicky P7 years ago