Confetti Cole Slaw Recipe with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Here is a healthy cole slaw recipe with a difference.

It is mixed with a spicy peanut dressing instead of the usual mayonnaise or oil and vinegar.

Select organic unprocessed peanut butter if possible for the best health benefits. That's the peanut butter that separates in the jar and has a layer of peanut oil floating on the top. Simply stir it all together with a spoon or knife before using it.

It is a much healthier version of this favorite kitchen staple and comfort food.

1 pound (500 g) green cabbage, finely shredded
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
2 tablespoons (25 ml) smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons (25 ml) peanut oil
2 tablespoons (25 ml) rice-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce
1 teaspoon (15 ml) honey
2 medium garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 piece of ginger, 1 1/2 in (3 cm) in length
1/2 jalapeno hot pepper, seeded
1 large carrot, peeled & grated
4 medium radishes, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
4 medium shallots, thinly sliced

Toss the cabbage with the salt in a colander or a large mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Let it stand until the cabbage wilts, which will be about 1 to 4 hours.

Rinse the cabbage under cold running water. Press, but do not squeeze, to drain. Pat dry with paper towels. (The cabbage can be stored in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerated overnight at this point.)

In the bowl of a food processor, puree the peanut butter, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper until a smooth paste is formed. Toss the cabbage, carrots, radishes, celery, shallots and dressing together in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 8

Coleslaw Tips:

Add some shredded red cabbage for extra color. You can also replace the shallots called for in this recipe with green onions or a red onion, thinly sliced. Both add color and great nutritional value.

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Nutrition Analysis for Coleslaw Recipe:

Amount Per Serving:

Calories 85
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 5.6g
Saturated Fat 0.9g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 423mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.4g
Dietary Fiber 2.1g
Sugars 3.4g
Protein 2.2g
Vitamin A 28%
Vitamin C 38%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%

Pair this delicious cole slaw recipe with sesame chicken for a great tasting healthy meal.

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Did You Know?...

Not only does it taste fantastic, but this coleslaw recipe is an extremely healthy food, in large part because cabbage is one of the healthiest foods we can eat.

It is part of the family of cruciferous vegetables, which also includes broccoli and cauliflower.

Cabbage has been shown to be rich in antioxidants and glucosinolates, as well as containing stellar anti-inflammatory properties.

Because of the easy availability of cabbage all year round, you can enjoy this recipe any time.

The cabbage salad recipe below also contains other healthy ingredients like carrots, celery, garlic, honey and peanut butter.

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