I have never been a fan of traditional coleslaw as I don’t care for mayo. I do like a big bowl of crunchy cabbage, carrots, and “coleslaw” without the dressing or other dressings so I set out once again to create another version of cabbage salad. I have gone sweet and tropical with my Coconut Pineapple…. But this time I went in the opposite direction with savory and spicy with this spicy Thai inspired version. Oh and even better, it has peanut butter in it! Which is great since one of my favorite non traditional salads is this….. that always hits the spot! This salad has it all crunch, texture, color, and flavor! Shredded cabbage and carrots, thinly sliced red pepper, and a spicy peanut butter sauce. Top it with cilantro and avocado for more flavor and nutrition and chopped peanuts for even more crunch! I like to enjoy a big bowl for a main dish, which could be topped with scrambled egg, chicken, or chicken free chicken if you are looking to add protein. However it also makes a tasty side dish or would be great at your next family picnic or BBQ. It is a great whole food, plant-based, gluten free, and vegan side dish. If serving for a group or kids you can always make it with regular peanut butter or I like to do half and half with The Heat Is On and Smooth Operator for a milder flavor as it is pretty spicy. The coconut milk in the sauce as well as the avocado help cut down the heat and balance it a little but it still packs a pretty good punch!
Spicy PB Thai Cabbage Salad
Makes 4-6 main dish servings, 10-20 side dish servings
1/4 small green cabbage finely shredded
1/2 small red cabbage finely shredded (about 4 cups total shredded green and red cabbage)
2c shredded carrots
1 red pepper finely sliced
1/3c Peanut Butter & Co The Heat Is On Peanut Butter*
1/3c canned coconut milk (used So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk)
1/3c chopped fresh cilantro
2 avocados, diced
1/3c chopped peanuts
*If you aren’t a fan of spicy food you may want to use 2 tablespoons of The Heat Is On and 3 tablespoons of Smooth Operator or plain peanut butter for a milder version.
In a small bowl mix together peanut butter and coconut milk and set aside. In a large bowl combine shredded cabbage, carrots, and red pepper. Stir in peanut butter sauce or mix with clean hands if it is hard to stir. Plate and top with diced avocado, fresh cilantro, and peanuts. If serving at a get together you can serve with avocado, cilantro, and peanuts on top or stir them in just before serving. Enjoy!
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