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Summer Family Dinners - Spicy Slaw Is A Cool Side Dish

Continuing with our Summer Salads theme, my husband, Bernie, is writing today’s recipe blog.


Spicy Slaw with Cabbage, Carrots & Ginger Lime Dressing

Spicy Asian Slaw

It is counter-intuitive to think about eating spicy foods on a hot day. But there is empirical evidence that eating hot foods will cool you down. I’ll spare you the scientific term for it, but basically: eating spicy foods makes you sweat, which causes your body to lower its internal temperature! 

Here's a healthy twist on traditional coleslaw that adds a nice bite.  As in many multi-generational families, not everyone enjoys spicy foods, so it's easy to make a mild version.



3 tbsp rice vinegar

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp honey

1 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp grated lime zest

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce*

1 serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped*

(*Leave these ingredients out for the mild version) 

1/2 each small red and green cabbage, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped cilantro



In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, yogurt, honey, ginger, sesame oil, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, Sriracha and chile. Make the milder version by leaving out the Sriracha and chile. Set aside. 


Toss cabbage, carrots, onions, and cilantro, in a large bowl and mix well. Pour the dressing into the salad and toss.  Let stand in refrigerator for about 10 minutes until cold, then serve.  I made two versions of this - spicy and mild, and the spicy version was more popular than I expected. You can adjust the heat by moderating or increasing the Sriracha. 



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