Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw

Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw

I’m pretty sure I just toxified a detox salad in two easy steps:

1) added peanut butter

2) added peanuts.


It’s going to make us eat cabbage.

Over and over again.

And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Don’t be freaked out by the combo.

It’s spicy peanut-lime dressing on an Asian-type cabbage slaw.

It works, trust me, especially if you’re looking for a way to deep-clean your insides. . .

Speaking of cleaning insides, is that what you were laying awake thinking about last night?

You were awake, thinking?

Me too!

For no good reason at all.

What was going through your mind?

I was laying on our couch thinking about how I love it.

The couch, I mean – not laying awake thinking about random useless things.

It was a hand-me-down from my husband’s parents’ best friends, (again. . . the couch).

And what the heck was poking me in the calf?

A piece of a granola bar?

Who knows. Tough to tell in the dark.

Ooo . . . speaking of that, let me find it. . . . Here it is.

Nope.  I was wrong.

Two chocolate chips stuck together. . . . Thaaaaat makes more sense.

I heard the rain outside and remembered that the grill still sat uncovered after I cooked dinner last night. . . .


I spent a few minutes internally growling at the school uniform store for inconsistently sizing their shirts, thus requiring me to go back to the store for the third time this week tomorrow.

Goodbye simple Friday afternoon.

I thought about this post and my insides and that it’s probably time to cabbage-scrub my colon again. Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw

Because that’s what everyone could use, right?

A good cabbage-scrub?

It’s a great make-ahead for a barbecue side or for lunches throughout the week, and there is something irresistible about the tangy lime, spicy sriracha, and sweet, smooth peanut butter.

And the crunch!  The crisp crunch of the cabbage and the soft crunch of the peanuts. . .


Next time you can’t sleep, just start thinking about Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw. . . .

Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 pretty generous side servings

This slaw is great for picnics and barbecues because, unlike mayo-based slaws, there is not the same refrigeration concern. The amount of dressing in this recipe is minimal. I wanted to keep it calorie-light, but it's so tasty you might want to double the sauce to slaw proportion if you are a fan of heavily dressed salads.


    For the Slaw:
  • 3 heaping cups cabbage - very thin sliced or shredded (this is about 1/4 of a medium sized head)
  • 2/3 cup red onion, thin sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced in half length-wise, seeded, and sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shaved into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 a lime if it's a juicy one)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) Sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon light agave (You can sub honey or sugar here if you don't have agave syrup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (or more to taste)


Combine all ingredients for the slaw in a large bowl.

Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until smooth and even.

Pour dressing over slaw and toss to combine.

Serve imediately or store in the fridge for later.


Sara | Home is Where The Cookies Are


6 thoughts on “Spicy Peanut Cabbage Slaw

  1. Mystery couch items are always an adventure. Also, I hate nights when I lay awake. But yum! I love peanut dressings and cabbage! I’ve done a noodle version, but I like the idea of doing it on cabbage instead.

  2. Slaws are just salads that keep well! Love everything about them. Probably helps that I love cabbage… And spicy peanut LITERALLY ANYTHING.

    What was I laying awake thinking about last night? How busy and tired I have been lately and how I need to sleep… But what else is new! Not complaining, ever, but since you asked. 😉

  3. Oh! I should know that stuff – I practically drink it! I just call it “that spicy Chinese sauce”. It’s in use almost every day here. I am so observant – it’s eerie.

    • Don’t worry. It’s just because your too distracted imagining cabbage working on your colon, like little scrubbing bubbles. . . .
      And yes, us too – that’s the same exact thing we called it for a really long time!

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