Asian Cabbage Slaw with Basil and Ginger

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger and Basil

My blog is going on a 2 week vacation, while its author heads to the West Coast. (Hello California and Portland!) Before it says a brief adieu, however, we are leaving you with this excellent summertime recipe.

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger and Basil

Have no fear if cabbages are ransacking your garden, farmers’ market or CSA share, and you haven’t a clue what to do with them. I can relate. Hence why I’m hoping to help you out here with this recipe before I jet-set away for a few.

That blank state of mind seems to be a yearly occurrence for me when cabbages starting forming into bowling balls by the masses. I really do enjoy cabbage. But what do you make with it that will use it up fast enough? A few shreds on top of some fish tacos won’t begin to peel off those layers. Nor will most pasta sautes and other recipes where cabbage comes in handy.

Of course the simple answer is coleslaw.


While as I said I love cabbage, there’s only so much coleslaw I can tolerate. Cabbage by the masses paired with mayo by the masses ends in feelings of eventual repulsion for the leafy veg.

Not that I’m a mayo-hater or anything. I just can’t eat it with slaw on a regular basis until my family and friends’ gardens stop crying me cabbage.

This Asian slaw however? It’s something my fork could get down with daily. Especially in the summer when almost every lunch/dinner screams for a crunchy, cool salad.

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger and Basil

I like this because it’s refreshing, yet each bite hits you with an immense amount of flavor. You get sesame paired with summer basil, and a slightly sweet and spicy kick from the rice vinegar paired with the ginger. Use a food processor to make its assembly easy, and feel free to top with roasted peanuts or any other garnish of your choice.

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Basil Ginger Dressing

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Basil and Ginger

Yield: 6 servings


  • -1 small head of cabbage, very thinly sliced (I use a shredder on the food processor)
  • -2 garlic cloves, minced
  • -1/2 to 1-inch ginger, peeled
  • -3 medium carrots, shredded
  • -1 small onion, minced
  • Dressing:
  • -Scant 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • -1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • -1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • -1 Tbsp. sugar
  • -1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • -1/3 packed cup basil
  • Garnish:
  • -1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • -Red chili pepper flakes, optional


  1. I like to start with a food processor, processing the cabbage to shred it. Place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl. Then add garlic and ginger to food processor and mince. Add carrots and onion, and process all until grated, then add to bowl with cabbage.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients in food process, excluding the basil. Process for 2 minutes, until emulsified. Add basil, and process for another minute, or until basil is minced.
  3. Pour dressing over veggies in the large bowl. Transfer to a serving dish, and top with garnish materials. Serve.


Utilize a food processor to make the assembly of this salad incredibly easy. Feel free to switch up the garnishes. Salty chopped peanuts would make a nice addition as well.

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  • Reply
    Gail {A Healthy Hunger}
    June 29, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I love a cabbage slaw that is miles away from mayo. Definately going to try this combo. Thx!

    • Reply
      Grace @FoodFitnessFreshAir
      June 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I’m with you Gail. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Archana @ The Perfect Zest
    July 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    that looks amazing – I could eat the whole thing!

  • Reply
    July 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I have a cabbage overload situation happening in my fridge right now…so this slaw is HAPPENING. Love the asian spin!

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    July 29, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Made this salad from a red (purple) cabbage that I grew in the garden. Absolutely love it. Wonderful find!! Also enjoy each an everyone of your posts and to hear what you are up to. Thank you for always sharing!!

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