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
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!