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Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing

Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

While we wait for the basil, cilantro, oregano, mint, dill, and other herbs to sprout up in the garden (we planted them just last week), we have been raiding the family vegetable garden.  I should actually say, saving the vegetable garden.  The rabbits have been doing the raiding.  Their furry, but slender bodies slip under the tiniest of openings along the fence line.  And once they're in, it's a garden salad buffet.  These bold Brers head straight for the peas and lettuce, and munch, munch, munch, until they've had their full.  Leaving the scraps for the planters to harvest. 

"You reap what you sow."  Tell that to a rabbit and you'll get a twitch of its whiskered nose and a sparkle in its beady eyes. 

young cucumber growing on vine in minnesota garden

fresh green onion just pulled from the soil in minnesota garden

Luckily, the rabbits ignored the green onions, carrots, and cucumbers - three of the main ingredients for my Asian coleslaw recipe.

Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

Along with red cabbage and fresh cilantro leaves from the St. Paul Farmers' Market - and some additional Asian spices and ingredients - I like to whip up this light, flavorful Asian coleslaw as a side dish for BBQs.  A sweet, salty, vinegary, citrusy salad that provides that refreshing tinge on the tongue that complements grilled meats.

how to shred red or purple cabbage for coleslaw recipe

This Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing is great as a side dish, but even better as a topping for a hotdog, burger, or pulled pork sandwich.

grilled organic grass fed beef hotdog (from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Canon Falls Minnesota) with asian coleslaw topping

Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing 
by Season with Spice

1/2 medium size red cabbage - shredded finely
1 cucumber - halved lengthwise, seeded and, sliced thinly
1 medium size carrot - grated coarsely
1 green onion - chopped
1 bunch of cilantro
1 tbsp Season with Spice's Toasted Sesame Seeds 
1 tbsp Season with Spice's Roasted Black Sesame Seeds
Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp fresh ginger - minced
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. In a large salad bowl, combine the red cabbage, cucumber, carrot, and green onion.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Then add to salad bowl and toss with veggies. Let sit for 10 minutes.
3. When ready to serve, use your hands to roughly tear up the cilantro leaves and mix in with the vegetables. Finally, sprinkle in the sesame seeds and a dash of freshly ground black pepper.


Tanvi_SinfullySpicy said...

In my little patio garden, its the bugs which eat all my herbs..I m so sick of chasing them..rabbits is a different game all together..I hear ya!
This is soo colorful and healthy! I am not much of a mayo person ..prime reason why I run from traditional coleslaw! Love the dressing ..ginger, honet , soy..I m salivating! LOL. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Nashira Usef said...

Salad looks so colorful and healthy Reese, I'm going to try your dressing too. And that first shot is simply awesome, I've pinned it!

Maja Matus said...

I love your will to save the garden! I'll bet it will be amazing with fresh herbs and vegetables! Love this salad!

justonecookbook said...

Oh my I would love to use this Asian coleslaw for hot dogs! Sounds refreshing and I love the crunchiness of slaw... Never put it in the hot dogs before and I can't wait to try this next time we bbq hot dogs!

Yumgoggle said...

I envy your garden...and the hoppers too! They get the freshest buffet salad in town. Love the light dressing. Perfect for summer, you don't want to get too messy and heavy on sauces during this time of the year. As side dishes for grill parties, this will be superb too...
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Victoria at Flavors of the Sun said...

Great-looking salad/slaw. And I love the idea of topping a hot dog with it--pulled pork as well, you say?

BiteMyCake said...

So sorry to hear about the rabbits...but glad to see this salad on the menu! :) I really like red cabbage, but we usually make something different with it, this salad is something new for me, no doubt it's refreshing and yummy!

Ira Rodrigues said...

To be honest i dont really like the red cabbage, but since you give an idea of serving it with Asian dressing, I think it quite on my taste.

Mjskit said...

What a beautiful slaw! I love the generous amount of ginger in the dressing. Never have used ginger in a slaw but it sounds wonderful!. Am definitely going to have to try it! Those pesky little rabbits are so cute but a pain when you have a garden.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Nash!

Season with Spice said...

Yes, pulled pork too:)

Season with Spice said...

You can sure replace the red cabbage with white cabbage or other vegetables too.

Season with Spice said...

Would love to know how you use red cabbage in Croatia.

Season with Spice said...

Oh, I can promise that the coleslaw will elevate the fun of eating hot dogs!

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Maja. Gardening is hard work, so it's heartbreaking to see those rabbits destroying the vegetables..

Season with Spice said...

Surely still worth the effort of having a garden of our owns despite all these challenges of keeping out invaders. Thanks for liking the recipe of this coleslaw, Tanvi. I think I have to come up with another new slaw recipe as I've been requested to make this again for another party. And I've made for the fourth time in a row!

Kankana said...

Love how colorful the salad looks! I don't have any backyard and I suck at gardening any way :(

lmn said...

SO DELICIOUS!!! thank you!

Season with Spice said...

Hi Imn - so glad that you enjoyed the coleslaw:)

Jon said...

This is so awesome! I tried it over the weekend. My family and friends love it!
Now they are calling it the 7 wonders (as both salad and the dressing are made up of 7 ingredients)
Thanks Reese!

Season with Spice said...

7 wonders?!! That's brilliant! Your family and friends are really cute, Jon. From now onwards, I will start using the name whenever I make this coleslaw. Thanks Jon!

Princess Saria said...

this is wonderful! How much does this feed??? I'll be feeding about 30 people should I double or triple this recipe??? thank you!

Season with Spice said...

Hello Princess:) We made the coleslaw for a party of 20 last summer and everyone loved it. It should be just enough if you are serving it along with a wide variety of dishes. Otherwise, I'd increase the amount of ingredients if it is for the main salad dish. It doesn't have to be exact, so add half a cucumber and carrot to start out. Since the coleslaw can be kept in the fridge for 3 days, any leftover isn't too bad too. Hope you have a wonderful party!

SeasonWithSpice said...

Hi...I have looked some of your recipes and they all sound delish! I am opening up a specialty food store in Concord NH and would love to know if you sell wholesale to retail stores such as us?

Wellington's Marketplace ...we have a Facebook page with a web site that should be up and running next week.

Thank you!

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