Freckles in April: Whole Foods Recipe: Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Whole Foods Recipe: Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

I am not a salad person. Never have been. I can count on one hand (on three fingers, actually) the number of times I have ordered a salad as an entree at a restaurant. And I can probably count on two hands the number of times I've ordered a side salad. I just..really do not enjoy salads.

This has always been a point of annoyance for me, especially since we adopted a more whole foods lifestyle. I should be embracing the salads. They're healthy! Full of veggies! Fairly easy to prepare! And yet...gag.

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest I was drawn by all the colors (and the cilantro. Which I LOVE). I pinned it and thought, "Eh, worth a try." I served it as a side with our fav plate lunch BBQ chicken and some sticky rice. At the end of the meal I realized I had barely touched my chicken or rice and had eaten like 3 servings of this salad.

I think perhaps I've been eating the wrong salads.

The thing about this salad is that it makes a TON and cabbage doesn't hold up well in the dressing for too long. Unless you're making it for a baby shower or you have a large family that is really passionate about salad, I'd recommend mixing up the dressing separately, tossing all the veggies together in a bowl, and keeping the peanuts separate. Then just take what you need.

Also, to make it more of a meal, I've started buying a rotisserie chicken, shredding it up, and keeping it in a tupperware in the fridge. It's super quick and easy to grab a handful of salad, a few peanuts, a little chicken and toss with dressing. My lunch is ready to eat in 2 minutes. My kind of meal!

Find the full recipe with prettier non-iPhone pictures over here.


  1. That looks super yummy! I love salads in the summer, but I NEVER order them from restaurants because they're always so expensive when they're really not that filling (or satisfying. nothing is as unsatisfying as eating a plate of lettuce)

  2. Yum! I am going to give this recipe a try.

  3. I made this last night with some modified ingredients and it was AMAZING. Thank you for posting it! And I'm glad you're back! I hope your summer was lovely.

  4. Colors are beautiful! Can't wait to try and make this!

    Thanks for Sharing!

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  5. I made this tonight,and wow! Super tasty, and just light and healthy. Most Asian salads become so unhealthy once you add wontons, lots of oil, etc. Thanks for sharing! Found on Pinterest.


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