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This Ginger Cabbage Slaw is packed with bright and colorful veggies, a tangy dressing, and toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch! A light, quick, and easy side.
Edit: the recipe title has been updated for better cultural appreciation, but the recipe remains the same!

Look – Ginger Cabbage Slaw may not be the first ingredient combination you think of, but trust me. I’ve been making some variation of this slaw for several years now; it’s easy to whip upversatile, and packed with simple (yet tasty) whole-food ingredients. Shall we?

ingredients for crunchy asian slaw on round wood serving board


I love this recipe because it’s made with common (and budget-friendly) pantry staples. Plus, it’s über satisfying. Crisp, fresh veggies combined with a hit of fresh ginger and garlic and a burst of crunchy, toasty sesame seeds? I mean, come on.

This recipe takes inspiration from the classic Chinese combination of ginger and garlic, but the use of colorful crunchy veggies also nods to a Thai papaya salad. Let’s call it an asian-fusion dish 🙂

bowl of crunchy asian slaw surrounded by ingredients to make slaw

I love to serve this Ginger Cabbage Slaw with…just about anything! It’s a nice side accompaniment to Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisine.  We especially love it alongside Tteokbokki, Green Curry, or homemade sushi.

It’s also great for meal prep, because it stores well in the fridge and the flavors only get better with time! The most time-intensive part of this recipe is finely chopping the vegetables, but even that can be quick if you have a mandoline.

close up photo of crunchy asian slaw in white bowl with tan rim and wooden chopsticks


  • Let it sit! This slaw may taste “bland” at first, but you need to give the fresh veggies a few minutes to sit in the dressing and absorb all of the flavors. When I serve this salad I like to make it 30-60 minutes in advance, then store it in the fridge while I prep the rest of my food!
  • A little oil (!) goes a long way. there really is no substitute for the deep, complex flavors of sesame oil and chili oil. You don’t have to add them if you wish, but you only need 1-2 tsp of each in order to get some ah-ma-zing flavor.
  • Modify as desired. This recipe is very hard to mess up, and everyone prefers their dressing a little different! Feel free to add more ginger/garlic if you like things spicy, rice vinegar for more acid, or tamari for more Salt.

white bowl filled with cruchy asian slaw and wooden chopsticks

If you’re looking for more Asian-inspired recipes, you’ll also love this easy Carrot Ginger Dressing and these Orange Tofu Buddha Bowls!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂


Crunchy Ginger Cabbage Slaw

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This Ginger Cabbage Slaw is packed with bright and colorful veggies, a tangy dressing, and toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch! A light, quick, and easy side.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 1” piece Ginger, minced
  • 12 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ cup Tamari
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • ¼ head Purple Cabbage, shredded
  • 3 large Carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 large Seedless Cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 Green Onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Thai Basil, loosely chopped
  • Optional: Toasted Sesame Oil and/or Chili Oil, to taste


  1. First, whisk the Ginger, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Tamari, Rice Vinegar, and Lime Juice together in the bottom of a large bowl. Add in Sesame Oil and/or Chili Oil, if desired.
  2. Toss the remaining ingredients into the bowl and fold into the dressing until everything is well-coated. Taste and add any extra ingredients to taste, if desired.
  3. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving – the longer the better!


  • Tamari may be substituted with Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce (not GF)
  • Thai Basil has a very distinct flavor, but you can sub with Italian Basil or Cilantro and it’ll still be yummy 🙂

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  1. I made this dish tonight and it was very good! Loved it! My 9 year old not so much but me and my hubby thought it was delish!