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Spicy Peanut Slaw

August 2, 2013

An easy and healthy salad recipe for your next potluck or picnic! This Spicy Peanut Slaw is full of nutritious vegetables and topped with a tangy and spicy peanut sauce for a vegan and gluten-free meal.

Not at all surprising but a lot of the meals I eat tend to be salads. Very rarely are they interesting enough to make the blog. Occasionally I’ll throw in a “fancy” ingredient like hearts of palm or berries, but still not worthy of a blog post.

Spicy Peanut Slaw // thehealthymaven.comToday is an exception. I actually think this recipe is not only worthy of a post, but potentially a place in The Healthy Maven Hall of Fame. We’re talking serious yum factor here. The slaw itself doesn’t require much prep and the dressing is a modest effort (considering my habit of 20+ steps…). Plus the dressing tastes good on anything so if there’s any leftover or if you want to double the recipe, the effort will most certainly be worth it.

Spicy Peanut Slaw //
I find this slaw tastes delicious with my Thai Turkey Burgers but I’ve also added cooked chicken to the mix and turned it into a full meal. For those averse to spicy, don’t worry, it isn’t all that spicy. It’s more the ginger that gives the kick. If you’re into serious spice factor then double or even triple the cayenne pepper. But most of all, enjoy. It’s not often you can rave about a salad right?

Spicy Peanut Slaw

  • Total Time: 15 minutes



For the slaw:

  • 1 bag of broccoli slaw (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 green onions, chopped

For the spicy peanut dressing:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 2 T ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ T rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Combine slaw ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Cook onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add in ginger and garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Stir in spices for one more minute.
  5. Begin adding in liquid ingredients and once fully combined add salt.
  6. Cook for a few minutes until well combined.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Add mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  9. 10 minutes before you are ready to serve the slaw top with dressing (there may be some dressing left over, do not feel you have to use all of it).
  10. Serve garnished with peanuts if desired.


  • Serving Size: 4-5 as a side
Do you make “fancy” salads or generally stick to the same thing? Would you like to see more salad posts on the blog?


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  • Reply
    February 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Eating leftovers of this for the 4th day in a row, and still loving it!! I added half a head of red cabbage and probably more cayenne than most, and its great! Still crunchy and peanutty and delicious. I like that this sauce dosen’t call for sugar like most… I might put it on everything from this day forward.
    Another fun iteration: wrap the raw slaw in a spring roll rice patty and dip in the peanut sauce!

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    [email protected]
    August 13, 2013 at 2:54 am

    That’s a gorgeous looking slaw!!!!! I <3 spicy & peanut-based sauce....miam!

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 6, 2013 at 1:10 am

    that dressing looks amazing- I often find store bought ones to be full of random ingredients but that looks great and easy to do! thanks for it!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      It lasts a long time in the fridge too so you can pretty much put it on anything!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    August 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love how easy it sound!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      So easy, and yummy! Just all things good 🙂

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    August 3, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Darnit! I knew I should’ve picked up a bag of broccoli slaw yesterday at the grocery store. You know when you have an itch that you may want it, but then turn it down until next time? Yup, that happened & boy am I regretting it now! 🙁

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Aw that sucks!!! Next time though!

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    August 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This looks awesome! I’m allergic to peanuts, but I usually make peanutty dressings with sunflower seed butter and they always turn out great.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Bet this would be good with sunbutter too! Maybe I’ll try it out next time I make it…I’ll keep you posted 🙂

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    August 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    That dressing sounds so good! Reminds me of Fresh’s Thai Peanut Sauce! I come and go with fancy salads. Usually I just throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl and call it a day – but dressings can definitely make or break the salad 😉

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Tastes just like it! Love anything from Fresh 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    August 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Why oh why am I allergic to peanuts? Looks delicious as usual though 🙂

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      August 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      I’ve made a similar dressing before with almond butter and it still tastes pretty good! Sunflower butter would probably work as well.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Sunbutter would be perfect for this! Can’t imagine being allergic to peanuts though. Must be seriously tough!

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    August 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Salads are so delicious. This summer I’ve been enjoying Strawberries, Craisins, Spinach, Poppyseeds and Feta.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      That sounds so good! I love adding fruit to my salads. Never would have thought to add poppyseeds! Great idea.

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    August 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Looks so good!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      nom nom been eating this for the last 2 weeks (made it multiple times!)

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    August 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hall of Fame for SURE! It sounds so delicious! I think it would be great on zucchini pasta or kelp noodles too. Or as a mayo for a veggie sandwich…the list could go on! Well done!


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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Heather! I bet zucchini pasta or even soba noodles would be delicious too! Hope the move went well xo

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