Spicy Peanut Coleslaw

I’ve never been real big on mayonnaise coleslaw. It’s usually too sweet and too gooey. I am REAL big on this peanut coleslaw, however. It’s got a kind of Asian-thing happening with vinegar and soy sauce boogying down with cilantro and jalapeño slices and you can make it with either almond butter or peanut butter, depending on your allergies or your pantry.

peanut coleslaw


This coleslaw is the absolute shiz-nit on this bbq chicken sandwich, next to some burnt-ends of brisket, or in a smoked sausage wrap. It’s great potluck fare, too, because you can make it 24 hours ahead of time and then it’s just perfectly happy sitting out on a picnic table all day long while you have your sack races and your 18 cans of beer.

This is cabbage

This is cabbage

To properly prepare cabbage for coleslaw-making, cut it into quarters and lay each quarter down flat. Cut out the core piece of each wedge. Then slice quarters super-thinly, as thin as possible. Put shredded cabbage into a bowl bigger than you think you need and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Let that sit there and work its magic while you get everything else ready. Grate the carrot, whisk up the dressing, slice jalapeños, you know. The usual.

Mr. Banjo thinks he might like to try spicy peanut coleslaw

Mr. Banjo thinks he might like to try spicy peanut coleslaw


Spicy Peanut Coleslaw

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 1 pound cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (seeded for less heat)


  1. Combine cabbage and salt in a large bowl and toss together. Allow to sit at room temperature while you make the dressing.
  2. Whisk together peanut butter, vinegar, honey, lime juice, soy sauce until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing over cabbage and add carrots. Toss with fork and spoon until coated.
  4. Serve right away or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  5. Add cilantro and jalapeño right before serving.

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  1. Kendra on July 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    That salad looks awesome, Hilah. I like the updated design of your Website too. Peace.

    • Hilah on July 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Thanks for checking it out, Kendra!

  2. Don on August 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’m totally rocking this asap. Cole Slaw + Peanut anything = Heart <3

    • Hilah on August 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

      It’s like my new favorite coleslaw, for real, Don. You’re gonna love it!

  3. Lori B. on August 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Because I am trying to cut back on my daily pasta, THIS will replace my Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles that I cant stop chowing! YEAH!!!

    • Hilah on August 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Omigosh, that’s PERFECT, Lori! It does remind me of peanut noodle salad now that you mention it. Great suggestion for the low-carb eaters out there!

  4. Mallory @ Total Noms on August 15, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Who needs this as a side… I would eat the whole bowl myself on its own (along with those 18 cans of beer)! This looks sooooo freakin good!

    • Hilah on August 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Hahaha! You’re right, Mallory. It’s basically got every nutrient a body needs!

  5. Jen on June 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Love this coleslaw (leftover on a slice of toast are so good!) and the sauce will be so great over noodles too.

    • Hilah on June 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Good idea, Jen!

  6. Dominique on August 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    omg this is GOOD. Thank you and bless you for this recipe !
    Love from Montreal !

    • Hilah on August 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Woohoo! Glad to hear, Dominique!

      • Carla on February 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

        I added black beans for protein and it’s amazing!

        • Hilah on February 9, 2017 at 8:42 pm

          Oh my gosh, Carla, that is a fantastic idea! I want to make that right now! 🙂

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