Alton Brown Asian Slaw

Can you believe it’s already September? With the continued hot weather, I have trouble believing it’s almost the season to make chili and pick apples and bake.

I made quite a few recipes this summer that I haven’t had a chance to tell you about. During warm spells this summer, I made a point of making salads. One of the salads I made a few times was Alton Brown’s Asian Slaw. I don’t like traditional cole slaw, so this is one of the few slaw recipes I’ve tried – and it’s a great one. Deliciousness aside, it yielded a perfect amount for leftovers, and was very easy to make with the food processor.

Alton Brown’s Asian Slaw

1 head cabbage
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
3 green onions
2 jalapenos, seeded
1 carrot
2 tbsp cilantro
2 tbsp mint (optional, if you have it)
1 3-inch piece of ginger
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp black pepper

Using a shredder disc or a slicer disc (which I used for the picture below), cut up a head of cabbage, 1 red pepper, and 1 yellow pepper. Place vegetables in a bowl. Replace the shredder disc with a chopping blade, and chop the green onions, jalapeno, ginger, carrot, cilantro, and mint. Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, peanut butter, and black pepper, and pulse to combine. Pour the dressing over the shredded vegetables and toss well to combine.

Alton Brown's Asian Slaw
Alton Brown’s Asian Slaw

This was a great slaw. Some bites were spicy, but the heat of the salad mostly accumulated over time. The peanut butter was not cloying, and the dressing was light. It was bright but balanced – lightly sweet, and not too vinegary. Overall, it was a refreshing salad. This was great as a light meal with chicken, and peanuts were a great vegetarian addition to the slaw. It’s a great salad that I expect I’ll make again, summer after summer.

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