Crunchy cashews and toasted sesame seeds amp up this quick and easy low carb asian slaw
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Salty cashews. Toasty sesame seeds. Crunchy shredded cabbage.
All combine to make a simple and easy Low Carb Asian Slaw to pair with a variety of dishes from teriyaki stir fry to chicken wings.
Personally I can’t have Korean BBQ Beef without an asian slaw; the flavours just go so well together! Bundled up into little butter lettuce wraps, dinner doesn’t get much better, or easier!
I hope you love this Low Carb Asian Slaw as much as we do 🙂
What you’ll need to make a Low Carb Asian Slaw
This Low Carb Asian Slaw is super simple and if you like to make asian style dishes, I bet you have most of these ingredients on hand!
The dressing is made of butter, sesame seeds, white vinegar, monk fruit erythritol sweetener, olive oil and soy sauce.
You’ll need either napa or savoy cabbage for the base of the slaw. I prefer savoy, personally, but napa is an excellent choice too. There is also red cabbage, a small carrot, green onion and some salted cashews.
How to make a Low Carb Asian Slaw
This Low Carb Asian Slaw takes minutes to create. I love how simple it is to throw together which is always great when you need a quick side dish.
Start by melting butter in small saucepan. Add in sesame seeds and cook until the sesame seeds have started to brown. Pour in the vinegar, olive oil and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute then remove from the heat and set aside.
While the dressing is cooling, chop up the vegetables.
Slice both the napa or savoy cabbage super thin, as well as the red cabbage.
Chop the carrot into matchsticks. To do this, peel the carrot and chop it into three sections. Very carefully, slice the carrot into thin strips until it resembles matchsticks.
Chop the green onion then toss it with the cabbage and carrot. Add the cashews.
Mix the soy sauce into the dressing then toss with the vegetables.
What goes with Low Carb Asian Slaw
Now that you’ve got the side, what mains pair well? Here are a few low carb ideas:
- Instant Pot Low Carb Korean BBQ Beef – recipe coming soon!
- Teriyaki Wings or Salmon using this Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce
- Cauliflower Fried Rice – check out this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo!
- Low Carb Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry
- Follow this recipe to make Low Carb BBQ Pulled Pork and load up a Low Carb Onion Bun with slaw and the pulled pork.
Tips and Tricks
After making this Low Carb Asian Slaw countless times, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve put together for you:
- Don’t add the dressing until just before you plan on serving. The cabbage will lose it’s crunch pretty quickly, and we want all the crunchyness this slaw has to offer!
- Buy salted cashews! You want that extra salt in the salad, otherwise it might taste just a bit bland.
- Can’t chop your cabbage thin enough? Use a food processor to shred it thin!
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Low Carb Asian Slaw
- ½ tsp butter
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 ½ tbsp monk fruit erythritol sweetener
- 1 ½ tbsp vinegar
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- ½ head savoy or napa cabbage
- 1 cup red cabbage
- 1 small carrot
- 2 tbsp green onion
- ½ cup roasted and salted cashews
- Small Saucepan and Whisk
- Salad Bowl
- Melt butter in a small saucepan then stir in the sesame seeds. Cook until the sesame seeds have started to brown then whisk in the olive oil, monk fruit erythritol sweetener and vinegar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, then set aside to cool.
- Thinly chop the savoy or napa cabbage as well as the red cabbage and toss into a salad bowl. Julienne the carrot and chop the green onion, then mix with the cabbage and cashews.
- Whisk the soy sauce into the dressing then toss with the salad just before serving.
Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.
* Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.Deduct fibre (3.7 g) and sugar alcohols (3 g) from the total carbs to get 4.1 g net carbs per 1 cup serving. Adding the optional (but delicious) cashews would add an additional 3.4 g net carbs per serving. These can also be switched out for any other salted nut you prefer or skip them altogether.