The Best Chinese Coleslaw

This healthy twist on Chinese coleslaw will be your new favorite side dish. The tangy yet sweet dressing mixed with the crispy texture will make it disappear fast at any gathering. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Chinese coleslaw made with purple cabbage and carrots

Have you ever tried Chinese coleslaw? If you’re not into the kind of coleslaw that’s slathered in mayonnaise, my Chinese coleslaw will definitely change your mind. It’s crispy and refreshing, brilliantly bright with color, plus if you’re going to a potluck or a backyard barbecue, it won’t go soggy on the way there. You can also use it to top on rice bowls or pulled pork sandwiches, like in my Instant Pot pulled pork recipe.

So it’s healthier than other coleslaws as well as other Chinese coleslaw recipes. It has an amazing taste, and it’s easy to make. You can also make it in advance to serve later. It keeps for up to 2 days. It checks all the boxes for a perfect side for any time. Why not make it tonight?

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Chinese coleslaw served with peanuts and chopped cilantro

What makes the taste so special is my secret ingredient… Chinkiang vinegar. It truly gives it that authentic Chinese flavor. Chinkiang vinegar is a type of Chinese vinegar made from different grains that’s aged until it becomes dark brown or even a deep black. The taste is malty, fermented, and a bit woody. It helps to think of it like a Chinese version of balsamic vinegar. It really adds that extra special taste to Chinese recipes.

However, if you are gluten-free, you’ll need to replace it with rice vinegar instead. It will change the taste of the dish, but not in an unpleasant way. Gluten-free eaters will also want to use tamari or coconut amino to replace the soy sauce. Again, the taste will not be the same but it’s not going to make it taste horrible or anything. You’ll still get compliments on it wherever you serve it from your dinner table to your neighbor’s backyard bash.

Chinese coleslaw close up

And of course, it’s super simple to make. Just a few ingredients together with the sauce. It helps to organize everything into bowls to combine together for a better workflow. You can also make this even faster by opting for a bag of coleslaw mix from your produce section and then adding in the other ingredients. You’ll save yourself time from chopping and be able to taste this delicious Chinese coleslaw even faster!

Chinese coleslaw cooking process

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The Best Chinese Coleslaw

This healthy twist on Chinese coleslaw will be your new favorite side dish. The tangy yet sweet dressing mixed with the crispy texture will make it disappear fast at any gathering. {Gluten-Free adaptable}
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sliced purple cabbage (about 1/4 head, or 4 cups coleslaw mix)
  • 1 carrot , sliced into strips
  • 1 green onion , sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted peanuts , coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro , minced

Dressing

Instructions

  • Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Combine the purple cabbage, carrot, green onion, peanuts, and cilantro in a big bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss with a pair of tongs to mix well. You can serve it now or store it covered in the fridge until serving time, up to 2 days.

Notes

  1. For a gluten-free dish, use rice vinegar instead of Chinkiang vinegar, and tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.9g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 11.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 5.7g | Calcium: 29% | Iron: 4%
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2 thoughts on “The Best Chinese Coleslaw

  1. Theresa Y

    It really is the best Chinese coleslaw…. quick and easy to prepare. I have made it several times already, the most recent as a side with crumbed sardine fillets as an entree. Thanks Maggie!

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