Amazingly crunchy Asian coleslaw with a delicious dressing

If there is one dish that screams – eat the rainbow! – it is this amazingly crunchy Asian coleslaw with a delicious dressing. I’m probably biased, but I think it…

If there is one dish that screams – eat the rainbow! – it is this amazingly crunchy Asian coleslaw with a delicious dressing. I’m probably biased, but I think it is one of the best coleslaw recipes you will ever try.

Just look at these beautiful colours!! Here is red from the capsicum, purple from the cabbage, orange from the carrots, green from the mint and coriander. It is bursting with healthy compounds and your body will thank you for this boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

I’m a big believer that we are responsible for our health. What you put in, that is what you will get out! If you fuel your body the right way it will thank you with lots of energy and a good mood. If you eat junk most of the time, your body will act accordingly.

And that is why the meals that look like a rainbow are so important in our diets. Let’s have a look at the colours red and purple and why those colours are so important.

Red food group: tomatoes, red peppers, strawberries and watermelon

Red foods contain antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanin, which can do anything from fighting heart disease and prostate cancer to decreasing the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (source).

Purple food group: purple cabbage, eggplant, grapes, plums.

The deep purple colour of fruits and vegetables is a sign that these foods have a good dose of antioxidants. What gives the purple food this beautiful colour is Anthocyanins. Anthocyanin is an oxidant and it comes with a wide range of health-promoting benefits. For example, it helps to prevent age-related decline in the nervous system (source).

Anthocyanins have consistently been known to reduce inflammation. You might know that chronic inflammation is one of the underlying causes of many diseases of our times, including Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, heart disease, allergies, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and joint disease, depression, some types of cancer, and obesity (source).

Lucky for us it is extremely easy to eat those colourful foods. Just start by making this delicious coleslaw!

Let’s see how this amazingly crunchy Asian coleslaw with delicious dressing is made!

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Amazingly crunchy Asian coleslaw with delicious dressing

  • Author: Elena Elliott
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4 serves as a side dish 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This colourful Asian coleslaw is a perfect example of just how delicious nutritious food can be. This beautiful salad is bursting with flavours and is super easy to make. Don’t forget to pin it!




1/2 Asian cabbage, thinly sliced 

1/4 purple (red) cabbage thinly sliced

1 red capsicum, thinly sliced

2 medium carrots, julienned

1/2 cup fresh coriander 

1/2 cup fresh mint


3 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce, I use Tamari

2 tsp fish sauce

4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp organic raw sugar (optional)

1/2 tsp chili flakes (optional)


Put all the  ingredients for the dressing in a glass jar and shake to combine. Set aside. 

Prepare the vegetables and put them in a large mixing bowl.

Add the dressing and mix well. 

Sprinkle some more fresh coriander and mint on top and serve. Enjoy!! 

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: asian coleslaw, salad, rainbow salad

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