Asian Coleslaw With Rice Vinegar Dressing

Asian coleslaw
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
83 Calories
3g Fat
11g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 83
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 5g
Calcium 218mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for coleslaw with tangy rice vinegar dressing uses Asian flavors to liven up a standard coleslaw recipe. To further highlight the Asian influence, try replacing the red cabbage with Napa cabbage.

Cabbage is a popular vegetable in many Chinese dishes, but coleslaw as Westerners know it is not among them. This recipe is a good approximation of what a "native" Chinese coleslaw might feature. 


  • 4 cups red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup carrot (shredded)
  • 2 bok choy stalks (with leaves)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • Garnish: 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, or as desired
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash the vegetables and drain thoroughly. Shred the cabbage and carrots.

  3. Separate the bok choy stalks and leaves. Cut the stalks diagonally and the leaves straight across.

  4. Toss the shredded cabbage, carrots, bok choy and mung bean sprouts in a large bowl. Set aside.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and rice vinegar. Whisk in the sesame seed oil.

  6. Place the dressing in the bottom of a bowl, add the vegetables and toss again. Add the cilantro, if using, and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top.

  7. Chill until ready to serve.

  8. Serve and enjoy!


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