Crunchy, Sweet, And Spicy Indian Peanut Slaw

Spicy Indian Peanut Slaw

Slaw. Hmmmm. My husband loves coleslaw and I’m learning to embrace it.

I think the problem is that every time I hear the word coleslaw, I think back to school lunches with soggy cabbage in a weird tasting creamy dressing. But thanks to Google, I now know that coleslaw has come a long way and people are doing all sorts of interesting things with slaw!

Now I don’t know about you, but we have discovered some awesome new foods through the Costco sample tables — especially the kids, who sample almost everything. A few months ago we sampled some Tandoori chicken, and now we’re hooked! One package of Tandoori chicken costs about $10 and provides enough for us to have it for four different meals.

I usually prepare it in a stir fry, add it to a salad, or enjoy it as a sandwich — but this time I was looking for something different to compliment the Tandoori chicken and I figured a slaw would be the best solution. So I hit up Google and searched for an Indian Coleslaw recipe. I found a few, but they all called for spices and ingredients I didn’t have and honestly, would rarely use. I really didn’t want to buy them just to have them sit in my cabinet for months.

Eventually I found two recipes that looked good — a sweet peanut slaw and a spicy Indian slaw — and I figured that if I combined parts of one recipe with parts of the other, I’d end up with my own Sweet And Spicy Indian Peanut Slaw recipe that mostly used ingredients I already had and didn’t require buying extra spices.

Spicy Peanut Slaw With Tandoori Chicken

This was a total food experiment that resulted in a great success!

And even better, the only things I had to buy were a head of cabbage, cilantro, and fresh ginger — I already had the bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, roasted peanuts, sesame oil, and limes.

Next time I make this Spicy Peanut Indian Coleslaw recipe, I’m going to add some shredded carrots!

Sweet And Spicy Indian Peanut Slaw

Perfect as a side dish or a main course, this colorful and crunchy coleslaw packs a kick!

Spicy Indian Peanut Slaw

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  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, diced
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • A handful chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp + 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tblsp peanut butter
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 3 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tblsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, peanut butter, lime juice, ginger, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
  2. Add cabbage, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and almost all peanuts. Toss until evenly coated. Garnish with remaining peanuts.


For the ginger, cut it into small pieces and press it in the garlic press over the bowl to also capture the juice. For a light lunch or dinner, consider adding grilled chicken.

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