This simple Asian inspired carrot cabbage slaw is a crunchy and fresh addition to any summer meal.
If you’re looking for a summer salad or side that’s easy to throw together and bring along, then a slaw is the answer. While I’m a sucker for a good slaw any time of year, summer really is the perfect season for a slaw salad. It’s fresh and crunchy and goes great with just about everything on your summer menu.
This one is an Asian inspired carrot, cabbage slaw with an orange sesame dressing. It’s a lighter, fresher and more flavorful alternative to the kind dressed with mayo, not to mention less soggy. Colorful and crunchy it’s a welcome addition to any barbeque, picnic or summer get-together.
The slaw itself is a mix of very finely shredded red cabbage and carrots mixed with a generous amount of parsley and cilantro for freshness and hemp seeds and sunflower seeds for a nutty crunch. But it’s the sweet/tart orange sesame vinaigrette that really ties it all together. The orange pairs nicely with the sweetness of the carrots while the sesame oil brings a lovely toasty flavor to the slaw.
I like red cabbage here for its beautiful color and crunch but you could use a mix of Napa or savoy cabbage as well if you’d like. For the most fresh and flavorful slaw I’ll shred my carrots with a julienne peeler and my cabbage very thinly on a mandolin or with a sharp knife but a bag of pre-shredded carrots and cabbage will do in as well if you’re short on time. Grab a few bags from the store and you can have this slaw ready in a matter of minutes.
Crunchy, colorful and full of flavor, it’s definitely one of my summertime favorites and a go-to when I need an easy dish to bring.
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