Need an easy, but healthy, side dish option? This Asian-inspired slaw is satisfying, and pairs well with any light protein, like turkey burgers or tofu stir-fry.
While the carrots and cucumbers could be diced, we enjoy them as veggie noodles, which is easy to create with a serrated peeler. Usually, 3-4 large carrots and one large cucumber is enough to create “noodles” for two people. 2 cups of chopped purple cabbage adds the color and crunch.
Toss in a bowl, and coat with 2 T extra virgin olive oil and 1 T sesame oil. Although you could use 3 T of either, we balance the neutral taste and healthier qualities of EVOO with the nutty sesame taste that is essential to this style of cooking. Add a bit of sweetness with agave, to taste, usually 3-4 T (for reference, 4 T = 1/4 cup).
Next, balance the sweetness with 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, and finally top with 1 T of ginger. Ideally, fresh ginger gives this dish the extra POP, but we are more often than not using the more readily available powdered ginger root. Top with sesame seeds.
As a twist, if you like a more Thai-inspired version, add 2 T of peanut butter powder, juice from one FRESH lime (trust me… there is NO substitution for fresh here), 2 teaspoons fish sauce and a thinly sliced scallion.