Thai Slaw

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  8 servings
Prep Time:  20 minutes Cook Time:  0 minutes

Thai Slaw

Crunchy, raw, and healthful, this slaw is redolent of Thai flavors and spices. Serve as a side dish or use as a condiment for a sandwich.


3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon palm sugar, ground or pulverized into granules (see Kitchen Tips)

3 cups (approximately ½ head) thinly sliced red cabbage

2 cups julienned jicama

½ cup julienned carrots

4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced

½  jalapeño pepper, seeded and ribs removed, minced (optional, see Kitchen Tips)

¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs, chopped, plus extra for garnish

¼ cup roughly chopped fresh Thai basil, optional

4 small Persian cucumbers, cut in julienne strips (about 2 cups)

2 medium red bell peppers, cut in julienne strips (about 1 cup)


  1. Whisk the lime juice, sesame oil, salt and palm sugar in a large bowl. Add the cabbage, jicama, carrots, scallions, jalapeño, cilantro, and Thai basil, if using andtoss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Just before serving, add the cucumber and red pepper. Garnish with additional cilantro. Serve immediately.

Kitchen Tips

  1. Palm sugar sometimes hardens into a brick in its package. Place it in a plastic bag and bang it on your work surface or  give it a few quick whacks with the bottom of a saucepan to return to granule form.
  2. The chemicals in chili peppers that cause that wonderful feeling of heat on the tongue can cause a not-so-wonderful feeling if they get into your eyes—and can share the love with other foods on your menu. To avoid cross-contamination, avoid touching your face or eyes after cutting and trimming hot chilies. Change work surfaces and knives. Some cooks wear plastic gloves.
  3. Although this slaw can be kept in the refrigerator in a covered container, the slaw will get very soggy once the cucumbers release their liquids. It will still taste great.

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