Karina's Vegan Coleslaw with Peanut Dressing

Easy coleslaw recipe with peanut dressing that is dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free
Crunchy cool vegan slaw with a light peanut dressing.

Cool + Easy

It's almost the end of July. How has your summer been? Moonlit and sultry? All Popsicles and kiddie pool? Or just plain flat out busy as a bee? If it's been busy, Sugar, I can relate. Here in our tiny corner of the world we've been too crazy to cook much. We've been living on salads and smoothies. We're apartment hunting. Spending hours in the car navigating the neighborhoods of West Hollywood, searching for the perfect place. Or rather, the quasi-perfect place because perfection is unattainable. I know this. I do. But I still (naively) make a top ten priority list.

If I find a unit with a window over the kitchen sink (high on my list) there's inevitably no dishwasher. If I tour one with a dishwasher, there's no  window, and no patio (I'd love some outside access to put a small table and plant a few pots by the door). Washer and dryer? Ha.

You know that saying, If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans? Well, if you want to hear the gods laugh even harder, make a wish list.

For an apartment in West Hollywood.
Meanwhile... I thought I'd share this light and sexy coleslaw recipe. I whipped it up last night when all we had in the fridge was a head of green cabbage, a slim wedge of purple cabbage and a bunch of fresh cilantro. Out of all the nut butters I have on hand I chose peanut butter for the base of my salad dressing, but this would also be scrumptious with cashew, almond or sunflower seed butter.

Asian style coleslaw recipe with Thai peanut dressing- a favorite vegan recipe
Asian style dressing makes an amazing slaw.

Karina's Vegan Coleslaw Recipe with Peanut Dressing

Recipe posted July 2010.

To make a completely raw recipe, switch out the roasted peanut butter for your favorite raw nut or seed butter (I imagine raw cashew butter would be fabulous in this slaw).


1 chilled head of green cabbage, outer leaves removed
A wedge of purple cabbage, for color
A fistful of fresh cilantro, washed, dried

For the peanut dressing:

1/3 cup smooth unsalted organic natural roasted peanut butter
1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice from one big lime
1 tablespoon coconut milk, as needed
1-2 teaspoons raw organic agave nectar, to taste
A pinch of ginger, to taste
Sea salt, to taste


Cut the cabbage in thirds; chop off the core section; and shred the wedges into thin strips. You can do this by hand with a large sharp chef knife like I did, or use a grater/shredder. Toss into a colander. Shred some purple cabbage, for color. Add it to the green cabbage. Rinse in cold water and pat dry (or use a nifty salad spinner). Dump the cabbage into a salad bowl. 

Roughly cut off most of the cilantro stems and add the cilantro into the bowl. Toss to distribute.

Make your dressing (I use a large glass measuring cup to whisk my salad dressings). Combine the peanut butter, olive oil, lime juice and coconut milk and whisk till smooth. Add the agave, a little ginger, and sea salt, to taste.

If the dressing needs to be a little thinner, add more coconut milk or lime juice, a tablespoon at a time. Taste test to balance the creamy, salty and tart flavors.

Pour the dressing onto the slaw and toss lightly until well coated. Cover and chill until serving.

Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish.

Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

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More delicious summer coleslaw recipes:

Snappy Crunchy Cole Slaw from Karina
Kalyn's Kitchen Spicy Cilantro Peanut Coleslaw
Asian Slaw at Jenn Cuisine
Cole Slaw from Simply Recipes
Asian Slaw at Elana's Pantry
Szechwan Slaw from I Am Gluten-Free
Cilantro Slaw by Andrea Meyers

xox Karina


Tess said...

This looks and sounds awesome. I try to eat a salad with cabbage several times a week. Just makes me feel good... and I love all that crunching. I often use umeboshi vinegar and white miso in my dressings. Love that Asian flavor. Will try the peanut oil.

dreaminitvegan said...

This looks like a delicious coleslaw, we love coleslaw!
Sorry about the apartment hunting not going so well but it will pay off in the end and you will find the one! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Jane said...

I can top your apt. stories...500 sq. ft. for husband and I. One closet. No wood floors. No kitchen window. Pint size patio. On the bright side, there is unlimited parking and safe. Oh, and no pool or exercise room. Cooking and blogging is keeping me sane until our home is built...

Valerie said...

Sounds tasty! Thanks for posting this. I'll try it soon. :-)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

This dressing looks lovely; I'm going to try it on chicken salad. And as for the perfect apartment... perfection may be elusive, but it's always worth the hunt. I'm sending good apartment karma your way.

Elizabeth said...

Love this idea. My husband gets a salad from a nearby Thai restaurant with peanut dressing...he adores it. I think he will like this salad just as much. He also loves raw cabbage.Your recipe is going on the menu, I'm planning it as we speak. Heading to the grocery in the morning.
Peace and Raw Health,

Chocolate Shavings said...

I like the idea of peanut butter dressing with that coleslaw!

The InTolerant Chef said...

yummy, I love red cabbage.

Xiaolu said...

This looks really delicious. I love the spin on classic coleslaw. Bookmarked to try soon.

Emily Segal www.TriumphWellness.com said...

First-time visitor to your blog. That coleslaw brought me here! Advice from a total stranger: Don't put a limit on your success. All of those things on your top ten list? Accept no less. Only when you do that will you actually find it! Meantime, I'm looking forward to looking around your blog, thanks!

Kalyn said...

I'm hoping you'll find a place with at least most of what's on your list! The slaw sounds fantastic; love the sound of your dressing.

Shakira Brown said...

this looks fantastic...I definitely think I would make this recipe with almond butter for a different flair.


Betsy said...

Oohh...looks yummy! And I love the fact that you described it as "sexy"...first time I've ever heard a coleslaw being described as such!

Good luck with the apartment hunting. Making a list of wants definitely helps! You'll find your dream home soon. :)

Stephanie said...

The recipe is so simple and so sexy :) Thanks for reminding me I need to eat my cabbage. And good luck finding your home space... let it find you...much love to you!

Boabe de Cafea said...

It looks so good! That dressing must be so tasty!

Camillia said...

Be careful with apartment wish lists! I had one (a wish list), got everything on the list, only to realize upon moving in that I had forgotten to include ample closets/storage! Perhaps we should include something like:

11. Unexpected wonderful features that completely meet our living needs

to leave space for those things we haven't thought of.

ps. thanks for the simple slaw!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Oooh, sexy, crunchy, creamy, cool - this baby has got it all! Best of luck on your continued hunt! I wish I had a window over my sink too!

food-fire said...

Looks good! I just did a similar asian slaw with peanut sauce and noodles, but I really like your idea of adding some coconut milk to the mix. Will have to give it a try.

barb said...

Your recipes brought me to your site but I confess to reading your posts as much for your life journey as your recipes. West Hollywood is a delightful place. I've been a visitor there. I know you will find something you like Even if you had it built or
renovated, there would be something some one forgot to include. A kitchen window is so important but easier to find in older buildings. I could give up the dishwasher if there was
space in the kitchen for a counter top dishwasher.

stephen said...

Being a long time fan of your site and the glorious recipes you post....this one is just an added bonus. Can't wait to try it.
I would love to pick your brain about some of your symptoms. Drs. have told my husband he doesn't have celiac disease..altho' 2 of his sisters and brother do..hummm?
BTW, we move next week...I can't top your numbers, but i can tell you that there is no substitute for needing what you need. In order to create..there are certain requirements. I hope this apt. is all you need.

Cait.Kiwi3 said...

Soooo good. Light and Refreshing the perfect summer dish : ]

laurenling said...

Thank you so much for this dressing recipe. I am allergic to vinegar and it is a REAL struggle to find vinegar-free dressing recipes.

Everything I have made off of your site has been wonderful.

Lauren Ling

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

Thank you so much for posting! I always have a hard time with slaws because of the mayo, thank you!

Sonja said...

Made this last night. I'm a big fan of all versions of coleslaw and a big fan of all Asian foods so couldn't go wrong here. I added some sliced pea pods since we had so many from our garden - they added extra crunch and a bit of sweetness. I also added some hot pepper flakes. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe!

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