Monday, April 21, 2014

napa sriracha slaw

napa sriracha slawSpring is finally here! Well sort of- last week, kid you not we had one 70 degree day and the very next day the thermometer read 28 with a dusting of snow. This time last  year my garden was cleared, spring peas were sown and we were enjoying grilling out nearly every night- this April not so much. My garden is still a wreck, nothing has been sown and we have resorted to bringing the BBQ inside. I absolutely love a good slaw alongside vegan brats & beans, tempeh sliders are generously mounded with the stuff and lately I can't get enough of this slaw stuffed inside my tacos.

napa sriracha slaw This recipe was one sort of made in desperation- I was craving homemade baked beans and I just so happened to have a lost head of Napa Cabbage in the back of the fridge. Seriously, cabbage is one of those veggies that never goes south. I had this Napa Cabbage shoved in the way back of the fridge (shameful I know) for at least a month, when I pulled it out it was still fresh and crisp! My initial intent was to make cabbage rolls, but lets face it that was way to much work. So slaw it became!
napa sriracha slaw
Justin likes his slaw pretty straight forward- a bit of acid, a hit of sweetness, cabbage and carrots is all he needs. It is not often that I can sneak in a bonus ingredient, so I knew it could go either way- good or not so good when he found sriracha in the slaw. Let's just say it was well received, considering I found him the next day scooping up the leftover slaw with tortilla chips.....

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napa sriracha slaw
At first glance the sesame seeds don't make much sense, but trust me on this, they add a bit of nuttiness that is pretty awesome. Plus, if you can get a hold of black sesames you either think they make the final slaw gorgeous or like your slaw got invaded by little sugar ants.

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napa sriracha slaw
If you are looking for a super creamy slaw adjust the vegan mayo according to your taste. This recipe makes a boatload- perfect for a BBQ, picnic or leftovers for a sandwich or taco topper!

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napa sriracha slaw
Napa Siracha Slaw
makes 6 servings

you will need:
1/2 head Napa cabbage, shredded (about 4 cups)
3 large carrots, shredded (about 2 cups)
3 tbsp vegan mayo
2 tbsp liquid sweetener (honey, agave or pure maple syrup)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2-4 tsp sriracha or to your taste
2 tsp sesame seeds
Kosher salt to taste

assembly: 
In a large mixing bowl whisk together vegan mayo, sweetener, apple cider vinegar & sriracha. Add shredded cabbage and carrots and toss until shredded veggies are well coated, Season with salt and sesame seeds and toss well- add additional sesame seeds to top of slaw prior to serving if desired.

Chill for a few hours prior to serving or serve right away.

Enjoy!
Yum

16 comments:

  1. I never would have thought to add sriracha to coleslaw, but it sounds so delicious! And I'm in the same boat -- I haven't touched the garden yet, and we had a few inches of snow (!) just last week. When I heard it was going to snow, I thought "oh, that's not too unusual, it will just be a few flakes that won't even stick..." but we had INCHES. Today, on the other hand, is supposed to get into the mid seventies. Crazy! Fingers crossed the cold is gone for good, now, and I can get to work out in the yard. I'm really excited to try my hand at a bigger garden this year. Yours always inspires me to do more than I think I can!

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    1. It was delicious, this is totally my new BBQ staple! This past weekend I finally got it into gear and cleared out the garden and all the fall debris (5 42 gallon bags later!!!), the seedlings are planted and tomorrow I'll be planting the first round of seeds and putting together a new pea trellis. Keep us posted on your garden, I would love to see your progress and set up!

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  2. I've been craving things like slaw and veggies, especially with the weather warming up!

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    1. Me too and it looks like the warmer weather is here to stay {fingers crossed}!

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  3. Wow this looks amazing! I have vegan mayo in the fridge that I need to use up (I never buy it so I'm at a loss)! This sounds perfect for it!

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    1. I so want to try the new Just Mayo....Justin loves veganaise I can take it or leave it but in this case it is a must!

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  4. This slaw looks absolutely delicious, the flavours are so refreshing :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. I agree--sesame seeds and cabbage are a match made in heaven! Especially with spicy sriracha sauce. Yay!

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  6. I made this last week and it was delicious. But... it was SO watery. Is that how napa cabbage usually is? I have never used napa before, just regular old cabbage.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Jennifer- regarding the Napa Cabbage, I am not aware that it has a higher water content than other cabbages- there was a little moisture when the slaw was kept in the fridge overnight by by no means watery, perhaps the cabbage you had a bit extra moisture and was extra fresh?

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  7. Made it, ate it, LOVED it and passed on the recipe to friends! Thanks for the idea :)

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  8. This doesn't look like napa cabbage. Napa is taller, not round. This looks like savoy? Of course there are probably varieties out there that I don't know ! Great looking recipe though, will try it tonight with BBQ duck and goose wings!

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  9. This was amazing- and my non vegan partner loved it so much, he asked me to make it- often, as well as for company.

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