Asian Coleslaw with Spicy Peanut Dressing and Crunchy Chow Mein


Skip the mayonnaise and make this flavorful Asian coleslaw! Unlike ordinary slaw recipes, this version packs in some protein, is relatively low fat, and lets produce be the star of the show. It’s great for family cookouts or summer potlucks, where peanut allergies aren’t a concern. And if you need a healthy, quick main dish, simply top it with your favorite protein. The ingredients are a good fit for chicken, edamame, tofu or tempeh.

Asian Coleslaw Recipe with Spicy Peanut Dressing and Crunchy Chow Mein (Dairy-Free and Vegan Recipe)This recipe with photo for Asian peanut slaw was shared with us by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Special Diet Notes: Asian Coleslaw

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, tree nut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For gluten-free Asian peanut slaw, you might actually be able to locate some gluten-free chow mein noodles. But if not, you can simply omit the chow mein noodles, increase the peanuts, or add sliced almonds.

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Asian Coleslaw with Spicy Peanut Dressing
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This simple recipe has contrasting flavors and textures for a salad that can double as a meal. Optionally add chickpeas, edamame, chicken, or tofu for more protein.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges
  • ¼ cup Asian sesame dressing (like Annie's)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 16-ounce bag tri-color slaw mix
  • Chow mein noodles, for topping
  1. Drain the juice from the mandarin oranges into a mixing bowl and reserve the oranges.
  2. Add the dressing, peanut butter and red pepper to the mixing bowl, and whisk until well-blended.
  3. Add the peanuts, oranges and coleslaw mix, and toss until thoroughly coated.
  4. Garnish the slaw with chow mein noodles before serving.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. This looks wonderful…I’m looking for recipes for our BBQ this weekend and this looks like a fun one to add in to change things up! And it looks pretty easy too…bonus for me!

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