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peanut slaw recipe

Thai-Inspired Peanut Superfood Slaw Recipe

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop, Mix
  • Cuisine: Thai


This Thai-Inspired Peanut Superfood Slaw Recipe is a long-time reader favorite. It’s bursting with flavor and packed with nutrition. Use it as a light lunch, a side dish, or add your favorite protein of choice to turn it into a meal. We occasionally add shredded chicken or shelled edamame. If you love this recipe, please leave a star rating in the comments below to help other readers in our community.



For the slaw:

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage (any variety you like, OR, one 12-ounce bag of pre-shredded cabbage)
  • 2 carrots, peeled & julienned or shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 scallions (aka green onions), root end and 2 inches of green top removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen defrosted in room temp water)
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped fresh cilantro

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce; sub low-sodium soy sauce if desired)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (sub white sugar if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons creamy organic peanut butter (or almond butter or sun butter)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled & roughly chopped
  • Optional: hot sauce or a small fresh jalapeno for heat


  1. Put all of the ingredients for the dressing in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can finely chop the garlic and ginger and whisk all of the dressing ingredients together over low heat in a small saucepan until well emulsified.
  2. Wash and prepare all produce. You can shred the cabbage on a hand-help mandoline (my preference), by hand with a sharp knife, or use the shredding blade in a food processor. The veggie measurements are pretty flexible; adjust to your preference, what you might have on hand, and what’s a good price at the store (e.g. yellow vs red bell pepper). The peas are optional—I really like them here but if you don’t care for peas just leave them out.
  3. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cabbage will give off some water the longer it’s stored, so the fresher the better.

Keywords: Thai Peanut Slaw, Asian Slaw, Peanut Slaw Recipe