Forget about “creamy or traditional”, this Asian coleslaw is bursting with colours and flavours! A combination of green cabbage, purple cabbage and kale, and topped with a delicious peanut butter, sesame oil and ginger vinaigrette? Yes, please! Serve it as a side dish or make it the main by tossing in some grilled chicken, shrimp or tofu. The added bonus? Cabbage’s long-lasting crisp texture makes it the ideal salad ingredient for any picnic.
Make it your own!
You can easily personalize this recipe using your fave ingredients (or whatever you have lying around). Toss in some shelled edamame, sliced radishes, red peppers, snow peas, chopped cashews, sesame seeds or dried algae. If you can’t find crispy noodles at your local grocery store, swap in ramen noodles (the instant soup kind). Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Asian cabbage salad
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Cost per serving: about $4
4 to 6 servings
500 mL (2 cups) red cabbage, thinly sliced
500 mL (2 cups) green or Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
500 mL (2 cups) kale, thinly sliced
250 mL (1 cup) carrots, julienned
500 mL (2 cups) crispy chow mein noodles
125 mL (1/2 cup) toasted slivered almonds
60 mL (1/4 cup) chopped cilantro
4 green onions, diced
Salt and pepper
30 mL (2 tbsp) honey
60 mL (1/4 cup) rice vinegar
60 mL (1/4 cup) canola oil
10 mL (2 tsp) soy sauce
15 mL (1 tbsp) peanut butter
15 mL (1 tbsp) fresh ginger, finely chopped
10 mL (2 tsp) sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1. Vinaigrette: In a bowl, combine all ingredients and set aside. 2. Cabbage salad: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, kale, carrots and green onions. 3.Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to coat. 4. Top with crispy noodles, almonds and cilantro. 5. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
What to drink with this Asian salad?
To highlight the recipe’s Asian flavours, we suggest a very vibrant, very aromatic white. Bottles with the “Fruity and Vibrant” taste tag are ideal — they exude delicate floral notes and a dryness that will pair beautifully with the exotic ginger notes of this salad. Another suggestion? A Pinot Gris with the “Fruity and Sweet” taste tag will really elevate the dish’s sweet side. Or try a medium-dry white from Alsace. It’s perfect to pair with the crunchy almonds and creamy peanut-butter-and-honey vinaigrette.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio
$16.60White wine750 mlUnited States, CaliforniaSAQ code : 12952906
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Photos: Maude Chauvin and David De Stefano (recipes)