Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw

If you want an easy peanutty coleslaw recipe, this Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is the best.  This slaw has cabbage, avocado, sweet peppers, green onions, and peanuts plus a savory tamari and peanut butter dressing. It is crunchy, fresh, colorful, and healthy.  It is the best quick and easy vegan and gluten-free coleslaw recipe.  Also, depending on your diet choices, this coleslaw recipe is also low carb, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, and keto. (see carbs and calories shared below) 

This chopped slaw recipe is bursting with fresh vegetables that are dressed in a homemade Asian-inspired dressing.  This coleslaw recipe has no mayo, instead, a wonderful peanut and sesame dressing with tamari and a little bit of garlic chili sauce adds a ton of flavor.  A bonus with this Asian slaw recipe is that since it is made without mayo, it doesn’t get soggy or has a chance of spoilage if it sits out.  It actually tastes better as the flavors come together and the longer it sits. I recommend this coleslaw as a make-ahead salad recipe that is ideal for barbecues, cookouts, potlucks, picnics, and school or work-day packed lunches. 

 

 

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw PN1 overhead shot of serving bowl with coleslaw ready to eat and topped with cilantro and parsley to the side and wooden serving utensils

 

 

Ingredients for Asian Coleslaw with Peanuts

The fresh ingredients for the coleslaw recipe include cabbage, avocados, sweet bell peppers, green onions, and cilantro.  From your pantry, you will also need olive oil, white wine vinegar, sesame oil, tamari which is a gluten-free soy sauce, peanut butter, and garlic chili sauce.  If you do not have sesame oil, try my amazing Substitute for Sesame Oil. These will bring the Asian flavors to the salad in the form of an easy homemade coleslaw dressing.  

I recommend the peanuts from Trader Joe’s. There is something about those blistered ballpark salted peanuts that my family just loves. I also buy a lot of avocados from Trader Joe’s since they have a bag of small ones.  For this, you can use one large avocado or two small, as long as you have about 3/4 a cup of diced avocado chunks. I also like to use tamari instead of regular soy sauce in this coleslaw so that it is gluten-free.  

 

Calories & Carbs in Coleslaw? 

This Asian coleslaw recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, and vegan.  This peanut coleslaw as written has 221 calories and 12.7 net carbs per serving.  Compared to other coleslaw ingredients that have a lot of calories due to the sugar and mayo in the dressing, this is a healthier and low-calorie coleslaw recipe. For example, to compare, 1 cup of KFC coleslaw is 275 calories with 30 carbs and 18 sugars – wow. 

You can also have this coleslaw recipe on a keto, diabetic, or low-carb diet.  If you have the macros in your daily count of carbs, this homemade Asian peanut coleslaw is keto-approved. The use of green onions which has fewer carbs than red or white onion keeps this keto-friendly. However, you can also omit the peanuts and bring this coleslaw recipe to 177 calories with only 4.4 net carbs and 16 g fat.

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw ingredients

 

 

How to Make Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw

This recipe is very easy and comes together in less than 30 minutes if you are hand chopping the vegetables. If you have a food processor, it is done in about 15 minutes.  Either way, start off by chopping the cabbage into small pieces.  Follow that with thinly slicing the bell peppers as seen below. I like to use red, orange, and yellow mini bell peppers so that all those colors are included in the coleslaw.  Finally, chop the green onions and leave the dicing of the avocado for last so it does not brown while you are prepping the other ingredients. 

 

Make the Asian Coleslaw Dressing

Next make the Asian coleslaw dressing that has Thai flavors thanks to the spicy garlic chili sauce, salty with the tamari sauce, and sweet with the peanut butter.  To make this simple dressing, in a medium-sized bowl whisk together all the ingredients. 

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw whisk the dressing ingredients together

 

 

Prep the Salad Ingredients in a Serving Bowl

In a large serving bowl add all the coleslaw ingredients, excluding those you used to make the dressing.  I like to add cilantro to the salad and added on top at the end.  I leave the peanuts whole for the salad; however, optional you can add finely chopped to garnish at the end as well. 

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw salad ingredients ready in a big bowl before dressing is added

 

 

Add the Dressing to the Coleslaw 

For the next step, pour the freshly whisked dressing over the peanut coleslaw ingredients that are in the serving bowl.  Toss gently so that the avocados stay intact and the other ingredients are all coated evenly with the dressing.   

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw pour the dressing on the salad ingredients

 

What to Serve with Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw

This coleslaw is salty and savory and a little bit spicy. I love it as a meal just as is for either lunch or a light dinner.  To make it more filling, I recommend adding chicken, shrimp, or grilled pork to it for a hearty complete meal. This Asian coleslaw is a vegan recipe that you can add edamame, tofu, or your favorite vegan meat substitute to as well.   You cannot go wrong with this recipe whether it is the main entree or a side dish.

Main Entree Recipes That Goes Well with Coleslaw

If you wish to enjoy this recipe as a side dish, here are some great recipes to serve with Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw:

 

Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Breasts
Thin chicken breasts are marinated for at least one hour in a salty, tangy, and sour marinade. When grilled the Asian basting sauce adds the final punch of flavor.
Check out this recipe
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Breasts

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick
Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe.  These tasty marinated chicken teriyaki kebabs are grilled to perfection for the ultimate sweet, salty, and savory bite. This is a gluten-free recipe with keto options as well.
Check out this recipe
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick featured plated with green onions and teriyaki dipping

 

GRAIN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS
Chicken nuggets have never been more easy or delicious to make homemade thanks to this quick grain-free coating. Keto, low-carb, & gluten-free too! 
Check out this recipe
Grain Free Fried Chicken Nuggets featured

 

Keto Steak Marinade
Keto steak marinade is the perfect low-carb boost of flavoring that goes great with any cut of steak. This easy recipe is a great base and the only steak marinade recipe you will ever need.  It is fantastic as is without any tweaks or changes.  However, if you do wish to make a spicy or paleo marinade, I got you covered for that recipe too.
Check out this recipe
Keto Steak Marinade featured overhead recipe card image

 

Ready to Eat

Once it is combined, this Asian coleslaw is ready to eat. However, I like to make this ahead of time and let the flavors come together about 30 minutes before serving. I then add additional cilantro and sometimes additional peanuts that I have finely chopped.   

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw ready to serve

 

 

Can You Freeze Coleslaw? 

If you are wondering if coleslaw can be frozen, the simple answer is yes. However, freezing this recipe once it is all together and mixed with the dressing is not advisable.  But you can freeze cabbage on its own. To find out more, read up on CAN YOU FREEZE CABBAGE? 

 

How to Store Coleslaw? 

As I mentioned, this coleslaw stays fresh and crisp for a while. It is not like other mayo-based coleslaws that get watery or soggy the longer they sit.  To store this coleslaw, place any leftovers in an air-tight storage container.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Add more fresh cilantro to bring back some freshness into the coleslaw if you wish. 

 

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Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw featured closeup bowl and parsley but no serving utensils recipe card

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw

Angela
If you want an easy peanutty coleslaw recipe, this Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is the best. This chopped slaw recipe is bursting with fresh vegetables that are dressed in a homemade Asian-inspired dressing that is salty, sweet, and spicy. This slaw is vegan and gluten-free and sure to be one that everyone loves.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Coleslaw Salad Ingredients

  • 5 C green cabbage chopped
  • 1 C red/orange/yellow bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 3 stalks green onion diced small
  • 1/4 C fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 C salted peanuts
  • 2 small avocados cut in chunks (about 3/4 C)

Coleslaw Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C white wine vinegar
  • 2 TB toasted sesame oil
  • 1 TB tamari
  • 1 TB creamy peanut butter
  • 1 TB garlic chili sauce

Optional garnish/toppings

  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • finely chopped peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Begin by chopping the cabbage into small pieces.  Follow that with thinly slicing the bell peppers. Finally, chop the green onions and leave the dicing of the avocado for last so it does not brown while you are prepping the other ingredients. 
  • In a large serving bowl, add all the chopped ingredients. Add fresh cilantro leaves either whole or torn into smaller pieces.
  • Next, in a medium-sized mixing bowl add all the dressing ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  • Now pour the freshly whisked dressing over the peanut coleslaw ingredients that are in the serving bowl.  Toss gently so that the avocados stay intact and the other ingredients are all coated evenly with the dressing.   
  • To garnish, add chopped peanuts and more fresh cilantro - optional. Serve and enjoy.
  • To store this coleslaw, place any leftovers in an air-tight storage container.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Add more fresh cilantro to bring back some freshness into the coleslaw if you wish. 

Notes

THIS IS THE NUTRITIONAL INFO AS MADE PER THE RECIPE AS LISTED ABOVE :
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving  
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.8g 23%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 12%
Total Sugars 6.4g  
Protein 2.4g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 257mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
 
 
THIS IS THE NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR KETO/LOW-CARB, without the peanuts :
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving  
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.6g 21%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7.6g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g 11%
Total Sugars 3.4g  
Protein 1.8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 257mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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