Spicy coleslaw is one of my favorite ways to get my veggies with a little added spice! Regardless of the vegan meal I prepare, I always serve some salad. Why? Because I truly believe we need raw vegetables, and the more nutrient-dense, the better.
Tonight, for instance, I'm serving Korean Tofu, so spicy coleslaw is the natural side dish. In fact, the benefit of including green cabbage and red cabbage in your diet makes coleslaw a staple at my house.
According to Healthline, cabbage is very low in calories, yet it has an impressive nutrient profile.
In fact, just 1 cup (89 grams) of raw green cabbage contains (2):
- Calories: 22
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin K: 85% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 54% of the RDI
- Folate: 10% of the RDI
- Manganese: 7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
- Calcium: 4% of the RDI
- Potassium: 4% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
Cabbage also contains small amounts of other micronutrients, including vitamin A, iron, and riboflavin. Not only is cabbage highly nutritious, but it also reduces inflammation and aids in digestion.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST SPICY COLESLAW YOU WILL EVER TASTE
First, it's the combination of ingredients that make the perfect spicy coleslaw recipe. I like to use various cabbage in my coleslaw to make It colorful and for the added textures.
- White Cabbage
- Purple or Red Cabbage
- Green Onions
- Red Bell Pepper
- Kimchi (choose your heat; vegan kimchi comes in a variety of spice levels)
The dressing, which always makes or breaks a salad, is simple and oil-free, of course.
SPICY COLESLAW DRESSING
- Kimchi Liquid (from the kimchi bag/jar)
- Soy (or Tamari for a gluten-free option)
- Rice Vinegar
- Lime Juice
- Fresh Grated Ginger
- Sesame Seeds (optional)
WHAT IS KIMCHI?
Kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as napa green cabbage and Korean radish, made with a widely varying selection of seasonings gochujang, spring onions, garlic, and ginger.
Even though most kimchi is vegan, some brands contain fish sauce, so you need to look for vegan brands without fish sauce. For instance, most vegan brands have a “V,” indicating vegan, but here are a few of my favorites.
- Choi’s Kimchi (made in the US)
- Organic Raw Vegan Kimchi
- Lucky Foods Seoul Kimchi
- Korean Nappa Cabbage Kimchi (Trader Joes)
Also, there are a variety of spice levels as well; mild, spicy, etc. So pick the spice level you prefer before buying kimchi.
MAKING SPICY COLESLAW AHEAD OF TIME FOR MAXIMUM FLAVOR
Whenever I make a coleslaw recipe, I always dress for at least an hour before serving, so the flavors enhance the refrigerator.
Similarly, leftover spicy coleslaw only gets better the longer it sits in the refrigerator, so don't worry about dressing the coleslaw.
So, the next time you're craving a little spice for your coleslaw, give spicy coleslaw a try!
DO YOU NEED A LITTLE CABBAGE IN YOUR LIFE? WE HAVE IT COVERED!
- Mexican Coleslaw Recipe
- Asian Coleslaw
- Vegan Coleslaw
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Vegan Harvest Apple Maple Dijon Slaw
- Vegan Pineapple Coleslaw
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂