Summer Slaw with Peanut Dressing

I love a good coleslaw especially when you don’t want to cook on a hot night but so many of them have a lot of mayo and unhealthy ingredients.  Time to fix that with some delicious peanut dressing!

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I picked up some radishes at Nicholyn Farms on the weekend and thought they’d make a colourful, crunchy addition to this.   If your kids are peanut butter lovers, imagine how excited they will be to hear they’re going to have peanut butter on their salads!

Summer Slaw with Peanut Dressing | Simply Fresh Dinners

I love this salad because it has lots of crunch.  Cabbage, apple, radish, green onion and peanuts.  While it may make for a noisy dinner table, no worries because the oohhhsss and ahhhss will drown out the crunch.   I even chose a crunchy peanut butter for the dressing but that’s up to you.  Most importantly you want to find the most natural peanut butter without preservatives.

Women’s Day has a great post with a list of 12 peanut butters that they taste tested as well as examined the ingredients.  Their criteria was that it had to be 90% peanut butter with no artificial flavorings,  preservatives or flavorings.  Check out their choices here.

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These delicious little gems went straight from the field into my shopping cart.  Gotta love it!  I’m going to make another slaw with some of the leftovers from this one and some new additions.  Now that I’ve had this one, I have a feeling I’ll be on a slaw kick for a bit!

Summer Slaw with Peanut Dressing | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’d love to hear about your favourite coleslaw.   If you’d like to share your healthy recipe, I’ll feature it here.  Just pop the recipe and photo (if you have one) into an email.  I love seeing what you’re up to.  Cheers!

Summer Slaw with Peanut Dressing
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Serves: 10
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger (or jarred minced)
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped shallot
    • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter (no preservatives)
    • 1/2 cup rice-wine vinegar (not seasoned)
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1.5 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 1 small green cabbage, (about 1 3/4 pounds), finely shredded
    • (I used half green, half purple)
    • 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
    • 6 red radishes, sliced thinly
    • 4 scallions, cut on the diagonal into long, thin slices
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
    1. Blend ginger, shallot, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and oil in a blender until smooth; set aside.
  1. Put cabbage, apples, red radishes, scallions, and peanuts in a large serving bowl. Pour in peanut dressing; toss thoroughly to combine.

A healthy, flavorful alternative to the traditional calorie-laden coleslaws. Lots of color and crunch. From Simply Fresh Dinners.


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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 15, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Apples and cabbage and a peanut dressing? How wonderful! I love all the crunch and color. Brilliant recipe Robyn! Have a wonderful day 🙂
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 15, 2016 at 6:41 am

    anytime there is peanut dressing involved…I just can’t help myself 😉
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    Anita Rivera
    June 15, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Mmmmm….those crunchy ingredients, the apple, green onions, RADISHES! What a pleasure for the senses my friend! Happy day!

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    June 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Thanks so much, Anita. Have a wonderful day, too. Let’s chat soon!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    What a stunning bowl of goodness. Love the peanuts and peanut dressing, too!
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    Chris Scheuer
    June 15, 2016 at 7:23 am

    This is so fresh and pretty Robyn. Peanut dressing makes everything taste better!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    June 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Oh yum! And so pretty! I could seriously put peanut dressing on just about anything and be a happy camper. Since I love coleslaw, this combo sounds dreamy!!!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

    You’ve outdone yourself with this! So much flavor, so many textures. Really nice slaw — definitely a bit different, but totally delish. Thanks!
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      June 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Awwhh, thanks, John. I had a lot of fun making this and I really love a variety of texture in my food.

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    June 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    This sounds wonderful and looks absolutely scrumptious, Robyn! I love the colors and combination of flavors. Adding a peanut dressing is a great choice. Can’t wait to try it.

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      June 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Marie. I love peanut sauce but for some reason it never occurs to me to make it at home!

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    Gourmet Getaways
    June 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    What a gorgeous looking salad. I always forget to add radish to my salad but it looks so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing
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      June 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie! I am not much for lettuce in my salads so I like going in a different direction in the summer 🙂

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    June 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Oh gosh, I’m mooning over this, what a fresh vibrant bowl that is. I love the spicy radishes and the peanuts together, yum!
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    June 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Robyn, this is hands down my favorite, love that you added apples and then made a peanut dressing.
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    June 16, 2016 at 1:58 am

    This is so much better than the traditional slaw, I love how colorful it is!
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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    June 16, 2016 at 6:31 am

    A terrific slaw to serve at all the summer cookouts this year.
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    GiGi Eats
    June 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Man, do I loveeeee cabbage. But it DOES NOT love me back – AT ALL! AT ALL I tell you! HA! Torture would be being locked up in a small room with me after eating a 1/2 a head of cabbage!
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    June 17, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Wow what a refreshing and healthy looking salad and with those peanut in it to give it a crunchy texture and tasty flavor it sounds like a sure winner for a hot summer day meal. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. Pinned & tweeted!
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    June 20, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    A peanut dressing makes the coleslaw dish much more interesting! I really love the idea of adding apple and radishes into the salad. Such a delightful texture!
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    June 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Yum! Peanut dressing!! This looks and sounds so refreshing! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

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