Spicy Asian Coleslaw

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A flavorful twist on the classic, this Asian inspired coleslaw is creamy, tangy and slightly spicy. 

Spicy Asian Cole Slaw

I always used to think I didn’t like coleslaw but as it turns out, they can actually be quite flavorful. Traditional coleslaws are typically overloaded in mayo and sugar that you don’t actually taste the ingredients. I think it’s time to change that. 

Asian Cole Slaw

Right now cabbage and carrots are in season so I love taking advantage of these cheap and nutritious veggies when I can. Since cabbage can be a little boring on its own, I decided to take inspiration from a spicy tuna sushi roll and turn it into a creamy, tangy and slightly spicy vinaigrette.

Full of fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, and bright rice vinegar, each bite is loaded in classic Asian flavors. Ideal for a healthy side dish or as an entree salad with grilled shrimp or chicken, your whole family will love this new spin on coleslaw!

Your fork is waiting.

Spicy Asian Cole Slaw

Spicy Asian Coleslaw

4.75 stars average
A flavorful twist on the classic, this Asian inspired coleslaw has both green and red cabbage and is creamy, tangy and slightly spicy.
PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes



  • 2 cups green cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1 cup scallions (minced)

Spicy Mayo Dressing:


  • Whisk together the Spicy Mayo Dressing in the bottom of a large bowl: rice vinegar through sesame oil.
  • Add both types of cabbage and carrots to the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss in the scallions before serving.

Last Step:

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Calories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 9.7gProtein: 1.4gFat: 6.2gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 117mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 5.9g
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16 responses to “Spicy Asian Coleslaw”

  1. Hollie Avatar

    This looks just like what I am looking for in a coleslaw! Would you say that this is better made day of, or the day before? I need to make coleslaw for gathering of 40-50 people and I could make day before, or prep the day before and mix together just before guests arrive.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      This is a great recipe that can be made ahead of time, especially if you’re preparing food for a lot of people!

  2. Beth Hornback Avatar
    Beth Hornback

    This is so up my alley. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you lady!

  3. Nicole Taggart Avatar
    Nicole Taggart

    fun spin on the classic coleslaw. yum!

  4. Johnna Avatar

    This cole slaw is gorgeous! I’ll eat sriracha in anything, but have never had it in slaw. Will fix that with your recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!

    2. Ruth Avatar

      Personally I was grateful to see a recipe for something Asian and spicy that didn’t include the overexposed and over-rated Sriracha.

  5. Laureen Avatar

    This looks terrific, love the dressing recipe

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Lauren!

  6. Megan @ MegUnprocessed Avatar
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    That veggies look delicious – great photo!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Megan!

  7. Samantha @mykitchenlove Avatar
    Samantha @mykitchenlove

    Looks like a perfect side dish to any summer bbq or potluck!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!

  8. Michelle Lahey Avatar
    Michelle Lahey

    This sounds like the perfect, light summer side!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really is!