Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad is a slaw salad made with cabbage, quinoa, carrots, onion, cilantro, cashews, and sesame seeds, dressed in a Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette. Add your favorite plant or animal protein to top off the perfect salad meal for lunch or dinner.
Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad
This is the Asian salad you can make ONCE, using simple, everyday, ingredients and eat ALL week.
It’s the perfect meal prep salad for lunch or dinner because it holds up nicely through the week and travels well, as long as you dress it just before serving.
How do you make Asian cabbage salad?
To make this salad, simply shred cabbage, chop veggies, cook some quinoa, whip up the sesame vinaigrette, and toss it all together before serving.
I love the simplicity of Asian cabbage salad because it turns everyday produce like cabbage into a devourable Asian slaw salad.
You’ll notice this Asian slaw recipe has quinoa, for added nutrients, texture, and volume.
What is the difference between salad and coleslaw?
Salad has base of lettuce or leafy greens, while the base of slaw is cabbage.
Both options can include any number of optional toppings: vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts, seeds, grains, animal proteins, all tossed in a creamy dressing or vinaigrette.
Slaw tends to travel better and hold up longer than salad, which is why I love to meal prep this Asian slaw for lunch or dinner.
How do you make Asian slaw dressing?
You can make a creamy dressing or a vinaigrette…your choice.
This Asian slaw recipe has a Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, made with sesame oil, olive oil, rice vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
Ingredients can be placed in a lidded container or jar and shaken until well-combined.
Alternatively, a food processor or high speed blender can be used, which results in an emulsified, creamier vinaigrette.
Grab the recipe for Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette recipe below.
What I love about this Asian slaw:
~ It’s a slaw and a salad…best of both!
~ Mix and match…the toppings are endless.
~ You’re in control of the salt and sugar in the dressing.
~ Cross-utilize everyday ingredients with other meals.
~ Great for meal prep! Travels well and lasts for days in the fridge (just keep the salad dressing separate until ready to use).
~ Use pre-shredded vegetables (slightly more expensive, but can be worth the time saved).
~ Add your favorite protein (shrimp, chicken, pork, tofu, tempe, etc).
Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad Ingredients:
- shredded cabbage
- cooked quinoa
- sesame seeds
- green onions
For the vinaigrette:
- rice vinegar
- maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- salt and pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
- sesame oil
What toppings can I add to Asian slaw?
- kale or lettuce
- shrimp, pork, chicken, tofu, or tempe (for added protein)
- bell peppers
- Serrano or Jalapeno peppers
Tools you’ll need for Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad:
You can cut the total time in half (or more!) by buying shredded cabbage and shredded carrots…but you know that already 😉
- chef knife and cutting board
- salad spinner (to wash cabbage)
- (optional) Mandolin slicer or food processor with blade attachment
- 2 quart saucepan with lid (for quinoa)
- Airtight jar or container with fitted lid
Check out my other healthy Asian recipes…also great for meal prep:
Vegan Lo Mein Noodles with ALL the veggies!
These crazy popular Sesame Kale Noodles are ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
Hey Instant Pot lovers, grab this recipe for Vegan Thai Lentil Chickpea Curry!