Oriental Slaw

If you like coleslaw with your burger, you’ll love Oriental slaw with your ramen noodles.

Americans adore coleslaw. We serve it with sandwiches, dinners and even slather it on top of sandwiches. Oriental slaw is a spunkier version of the dish you love and may even take its place on your dinner table.

What Is Oriental Cole Slaw?

Coleslaw, or slaw, consists of shredded raw cabbage mixed with either vinaigrette or mayonnaise. Asian variations add flavors from the Orient to give this slaw its own flavor profile that varies by region in China, Japan, Thailand and other countries.

Oriental Slaw Recipe

In this simple oriental slaw recipe, you mix shredded carrots, cabbage and onions, and add lime, peanuts, ginger and chilies to achieve Asian flair.


For the salad:

  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • generous handful of chopped ginger
  • 50 grams of salted peanuts

For the dressing:

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • zest and juice 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • pinch of sugar


  1. Mix up the dressing first by combining the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Put the salad ingredients in the same bowl and scatter in the peanuts.
  3. Toss before serving.


These variations let you explore this dish and may inspire you to come up with your own version. If you have kids, you might want to get them involved by letting them put the ingredients in the dish.

Easy, Crunchy Asian Slaw

A simple healthy recipe, this variation is easy, crunchy and vegan-friendly. You can make it ahead of time and serve it with tofu or stuff it in tacos.

For non-vegans, it’s good served with fish or chicken or stuffed or piled on top of your burger. Use it to sneak veggies into your diet.

Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

This Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing is custom-made for pulled pork sandwiches. It packs less of a calorie wallop than slaw with mayo and your family will love the zesty taste.

Asian Coleslaw with Miso-Ginger Dressing

Miso-ginger is a classic Asian salad companion. Use it in this Oriental slaw recipe, which makes more than you need, so you’ll have some left for rice noodle salads or sautéed fish topping.

History of Cole Slaw

Coleslaw, or at least shredded cabbage, has been mixed with vinaigrette dressing since the days of Ancient Rome. However, it was during the 1600s that records of proper coleslaw showed up in the Netherlands. It was dubbed koolsla, or cabbage salad, and was widely served among the rich and poor alike.

In the early eighteenth century, Dutch immigrants started arriving in America in large numbers. They brought their food and culture with them. Many early traditions faded as these early immigrants settled into the American melting pot, but coleslaw became a mainstream American delicacy.

Interesting Fact

When it was still being anglicized, it was referred to as both coleslaw and cold slaw. However, coleslaw became the name of choice.

No matter what cuisine you’re having, chances are this simple dish with a complex flavor profile will hit the spot as a side dish or mixed in with meat or other proteins as part of the main event at dinner. Of course, if your family is divided into camps over whether mayo or vinaigrette dressing makes the best coleslaw, this recipe might add one more version to fight over.

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