Friday, July 2, 2010

Base-Camp Ginger Slaw

Think of it as the slaw road to China, Japan and Thailand.
With this basic Asian-inspired slaw, you can embark on your own journey from a base camp of red cabbage, carrot, ginger and cilantro. Like my Apple-Raisin Slaw, it’s light, crisp, refreshing and makes a slaw-some presentation. While this recipe is very satisfying as is, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can add any number of ingredients.

Whether you make a protein-packed foray into the land of soy, nuts, or meat or you’re off on an exciting veg or noodle expedition, the road is yours for the taking. Here are some places to explore from base camp:

Baked tofu • Edamame • Peanuts • Sesame seeds • Chicken • Potstickers • Noodles • Jicama • Bean sprouts • Sugar snap peas

But you don’t need me as your sherpa—you’ll know where to go. Besides, I don’t do any heavy lifting. However, I am proficient with a fork lift.


4 cups red red cabbage, shredded

1 large carrot, grated

2 – 3 TBSP cilantro, chopped

2 tsp ginger, minced

1 TBSP sesame oil

1 TBSP rice wine vinegar

Optional: pinch of salt and sugar

Place shredded cabbage, carrots, ginger and cilantro in a large bowl. Whisk oil and vinegar together. Toss the slaw with the dressing and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Makes 4 servings


  1. A religion based on cole slaw? This is no cruciferous crucifixion, it is near nirvana

  2. But alas, without a sherpa how will I know where to go when there is a fork in the bowl? (Yeah, I know that was a bad one...but I couldn't resist.)

  3. What are saying not proficient with a fork lift? I have seen you lift a fork. GREG

  4. MMB: Darn! I wish I had thought of the fork in the road! You're too good!

    SS: It says I AM proficient with a fork lift. I'm not that good a liar. Who'd have believed that?

  5. FYI, I almost called my site "fork in the globe."

  6. You are a wonderful wordsmith and you make me laugh. Keep it up!

  7. Just made your recipe. It's I love the fresh ginger in this slaw! Yum!

  8. Silvina, I'm so glad you tried it! Hope it was good. I've always just eyeballed it, but this time I took measurements. : ) Hope you're well.