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Fresh Slaw Recipes

Crunchy and refreshing, slaws are perfect for picnics, potlucks or family dinners. Try variations on classic cabbage coleslaw or slaws with shredded carrots and even shredded asparagus.
  • Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw

    Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw

    Fresh ginger and red pepper flakes add welcome zing, but the real surprise here is napa (aka Chinese) cabbage. Cara Mangini, of Little Eater in Columbus, Ohio, likes it for slaws because it's more tender than ordinary cabbage but still holds up better than lettuce. 

    Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw 

  • Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

    Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

    Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.

    Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

  • Asian Coleslaw

    Asian Coleslaw with Pork Satay

    Serve this low-fat, lightly dressed cabbage slaw as a side dish for grilled meat, chicken, or fish. It goes especially well with Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay, which uses Asian spice blends. 

    Asian Coleslaw

    Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

  • Sesame Chard Slaw

    Sesame Chard Slaw

    Swiss chard is usually cooked, but we keep it raw in this lightly sweet, Asian-inspired slaw that's packed with good-for-you ingredients.

    Sesame Chard Slaw 

  • Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

    Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

    This side-dish salad tastes great with burgers or pulled pork sandwiches. Or you can toss the slaw with shredded chicken or chopped cooked ham for a main-dish salad.

    Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

  • Oriental Coleslaw

    Oriental Coleslaw

    Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower kernels add crunch to this salad from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. It was one of the winners in a Midwest Living® potluck recipe contest. 

    Oriental Coleslaw

  • Crimson Slaw

    Crimson Slaw

    Dried cranberries plump up when tossed with vinaigrette in this tangy coleslaw. The recipe was a winner at the Wisconsin State Fair.

    Crimson Slaw

  • Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Combining cinnamony pumpkin-pie spice with fresh mint lends North African flavor in a flash. Try this simple salad as a side dish to grilled chicken.

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

  • Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

    Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

    Sesame seeds, ramen noodles, soy sauce, ginger and fresh broccoli give Asian flair to cole slaw.

    Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

  • Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

    Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

    Crisp, shredded Brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts and tangy cranberry-orange dressing provide a burst of fresh flavor to balance a rich holiday roast. We like the hearty texture of raw Brussels sprouts, but if you prefer them a bit softer, blanch them first and then plunge them into cold water and pat dry.

    Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

  • Asian Coleslaw

    Jazz up packaged coleslaw with a sliced sweet pepper, green onion, cilantro and sesame-ginger salad dressing.

    Asian Coleslaw

  • Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw

    Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw

    Upgrade pork with tangy-sweet teriyaki and toasty sesame flavor. Crisp carrots, pea pods and yellow peppers brighten an Asian slaw that's almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

    Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw

  • Shaved Asparagus Salad

    Shaved Asparagus Salad

    Uncooked asparagus might sound strange, but this is essentially an elegant take on slaw—slicing a firm vegetable like cabbage or carrot thinly to break down its cell walls and allow a tangy dressing to soak in.

    Shaved Asparagus Salad

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