Peanut Free Asian Slaw

Raise your hand if you have a nut allergy in your house..... keep your hand up if you love nuts but can't cook with them because of a nut allergy..... I am totally with you!  My son is allergic to nuts.  And I love using chopped pecans or sliced almonds or peanut butter in my cooking.  I can't.  One day I was looking for a recipe for Asian slaw.  Every single one called for peanut butter in the dressing.  Every. Single. One.  So I created my own so the whole family could enjoy it without a worry.  Here's the recipe for peanut free Asian slaw.

This recipe has all of the basics: cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro and ramen, soy sauce and rice vinegar, etc...  But instead of adding peanut butter to the dressing, I left it out and added sesame oil and brown sugar.  It gives a little bit of sweetness and some nuttiness without actually using nuts.

Asian slaw is such a great summer salad or side dish.  Peanut free Asian slaw is even better because anyone can have it, allergy or not.  Here is what you need:

1 package of cole slaw mix (purple and green cabbage)

1 C. shredded carrots

1/3 C. chopped fresh cilantro

½ of a purple onion, chopped

mandarin slices

crunched up ramen noodles for topping

Mix together the first 4 ingredients.  Or, you can artfully arrange them because this is a really colorful salad.  I used the mandarin and the ramen noodles as toppings.    The ramen really adds a nice crunch and the mandarin orange slices add some brightness.

For the dressing:

¼ C. vegetable oil

¼ C. rice vinegar

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. sesame oil

Whisk everything together and drizzle over the slaw.  Toss together and serve.

This is a very simple, colorful and healthy salad that is full of flavor.  Peanut free Asian slaw is a great one to take to your next picnic or BBQ with no worries about nut allergies!