Thai Basil Cabbage Slaw with Jalapeno recipe is full of flavors and texture. It’s herby, crunchy, slightly sweet with a subtle kick of heat.
Thai Basil Cabbage Slaw with Jalapeno recipe has something for everyone unless you’re looking for fat and calories. It’s not there!
For the last 3 years, John and I have joined with two other couples for a long weekend at Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, MO. We share a condo and rent a boat so we can enjoy the lake and jump in when we get hot. One thing we don’t do is a lot of cooking or anything that may resemble work!
Like a lot of tourist areas, restaurant quality is very hit or miss. We found a couple we liked but more that we didn’t. So on the last night together we decided to grill steaks and to buy our sides at a local grocery store. When I say we, I don’t mean us girls. The guys took care of everything including grocery shopping. They did an amazing job and what I loved about it is in addition to buying what we requested, they came back with this slaw.
I couldn’t get enough of it and knew I had to recreate it before it was just a memory. However, by the time I was finished, I had something totally different. I made this slaw two separate ways. In the first version, I used all green cabbage. If you’ve made slaws you know that they reduce in volume after they are allowed to sit for a bit. In the second version, I added purple cabbage, red onion, and another jalapeno. They were both delicious and you can choose your favorite. Since John loves a good kick he liked the second version.
This video shows you how I did it!
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Thai Basil Cabbage Slaw With Jalapeno Recipe
- 1 cup cucumber diced
- 14 oz bag of classic slaw mix
- 14 oz bag of shredded purple cabbage
- 2 jalapeno diced finely (use one if you don't like heat)
- 1/4 cup thai basil chiffonade
- 1 red onion diced
- 3/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 2/3 cup orange juice I like fresh squeezed - not from concentrate
- 1 lime juiced and zested
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt kosher
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
The slaw that I’d had didn’t have the Asian kick that this Thai Basil Cabbage Slaw does. I’ve never used Thai basil before but found a beautiful bundle that I couldn’t resist. It put a twist on this slaw that we just loved, and I paired the recipe to match. This dish would be a great addition to a great burger or your favorite Asian dish. Since I didn’t use any dairy, this dish is perfect for a make and take since it can sit out for your pot luck or picnic!
If you’re looking for a couple more salad ideas, here are a couple of my favorites!
We love to travel. Where is your favorite place to go to decompress and to just have a great time?