I’ve lived below the Mason Dixon line my whole life, but I didn’t actually move south until college. By south I mean the sweet-tea-drinking, slow-talking southern culture. It took me a little while to catch on to a few southern things, but one that was pretty easy to pick up on was that eastern North Carolina was famous for it’s vinegar-style barbeque.

“Barbeque” around here means pulled pork- not a cook out or chicken legs smothered in tangy red sauce. On the eastern half of the state {and probably even more than that}, it also means spicy and tart vinegar-based pulled pork.

nc style barbecue

While it didn’t take me long to realize people go ga-ga for this stuff, it took me a bit longer to catch on to the whole “slaw” thing. Apparently, coleslaw, in the same vinegar sauce, comes with every order of barbecue. If it’s a sandwich, it comes right on there- they look at you a little cross-eyed when you ask them not to do that.

I’ve never liked coleslaw. Then one day, after years of shunning the NC style coleslaw, I decided to taste a bite. That’s when I realized it wasn’t the coleslaw I didn’t like- it was the mayonnaise.

So for the first time ever, I decided to whip up a batch of slaw. Only I couldn’t leave it alone- cabbage and vinegar just sounded too dull. So I went Asian on it.

asian slaw

Asian Slaw


First up, loads of veggies.

cabbage, carrots, pepper

Plus my go-to-Asian-fying ingredients.

asian sauce ingredients

If you can get your hands on fresh ginger, I highly recommend it. Completely different taste experience than the powdered stuff. Even the jarred, pre-chopped stuff would be better than the dried kind.

fresh ginger root and garlic

Who ever said food wasn’t beautiful?

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Purple cabbage.

making coleslaw

Plus green cabbage.

red and green shredded cabbage

Coated with Asian marinade. I added the sauce while I cut the vegetables so it could start soaking up the goodness and the vinegar could start softening the extra-crunchy cabbage a bit.

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Nothing screams Asian like edamame.

healthy coleslaw

And then you have it: Asian slaw!

vegan asian slaw recipe

No mayo here.

asian coleslaw

It’s perfectly good on it’s own, but wait until you see the serving suggestion I have in store for you tomorrow. Winking smile

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Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw


    For the Slaw
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked, shelled edamame
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • For the Dressing
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar, unseasoned
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ½ tsp salt (omit if didn't use low sodium soy sauce)
  • 3/4 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 inch minced fresh ginger (~1 Tbsp)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in small bowl. Whisk until peanut butter is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss well. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to let slaw soak up the sauce. Adjust seasoning to taste.

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