Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Spicy Slaw

3 WWPP Posted by 2 years ago 6 Comments

I’ve been wanting to post this idea for weeks! Which is rare because I normally get an idea, make it, share it and then move on.

That’s right, I rarely make the same thing twice. It’s just how I’m wired. I love to constantly try new foods, cooking methods, spices, etc. Unfortunately, I married the most habitual man in the world who would literally be happy eating the same 2-3 things day in and day out. He’s not usually too happy with my experiments, but I like the challenge he presents. If he likes something I create then others probably will, because he doesn’t like much. lol.

He has tried this and even though he’s not a coleslaw kind of guy, he said it was good. I think I won him over with the spiciness. He does seem to enjoy more heat the older he gets.

Spicy SlawThe kids however, didn’t want to touch it with a 10-foot pole. It’s too spicy for them anyway. The 9-year-old did the tongue-out-water-NOW dance. I decided not to force the 3-year-old to try it.

Last week while  I was at the beach — click here for some photos! —  I made a double batch for myself. It was a great balance to all the junk I was eating on the boardwalk.

Which reminds me… WHY IS NJ PIZZA SO GOOD?!

Anyway, here’s what I did…

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey (21g)
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (I used sriracha)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (15g)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix (~5 servings/~14oz)
  • 1 oz cashews (optional — more on this in a bit)

In a large bowl add the vinegar, olive oil, honey, hot sauce, chia and salt to make the dressing.

Spicy Slaw dressing ingredients

(I picked up my first bottle of sriracha a couple of weeks ago and have fallen in love!


It’s been replacing ketchup for me on burgers and I’ve been using it with my eggs in the morning.)

Anyway, whisk the ingredients together.

spicy slaw dressing

Add the bag of slaw mix and toss it into the dressing using tongs.

Spicy Slaw finished

Enjoy right away or, as with most slaws, let it sit so the flavors merge a bit more and the cabbage softens.

I like it both ways.

As for the optional cashews, while I was at the beach I decided to add a handful of chopped cashews and they made a great addition! The salty crunchiness really balanced the spicy salad.

Spicy Slaw Plated

I made this batch during the day and then served it with roasted salmon fillets, grilled zucchini, and sugar snap peas for dinner.

Spicy Slaw at dinner

It was a fabulous, veggie-filled meal and I find the spiciness makes everything even more satisfying!

Here’s the nutritional info without the cashews as that’s how I normally make it. With the cashews it adds about 40 more calories a serving.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 Just over 1.5 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
100 5g 4g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
9g 1g 13g 2g

P.S. I’m eating some of the leftovers right now. :)

Roni's Spicy Slaw

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    July 21, 2014

    This sounds SO good. I love that it's not mayo based. I'm finding in MY old age, mayo no longer sits well with me, and I'm perfectly ok passing it up. I can't wait to try this! I think it's go well with some Miso glazed salmon or BBQ chicken! Or anything, haha.


    July 22, 2014

    This looks so yummy!

    Melanie Deardorff

    July 26, 2014

    I made it today using green cabbage that was sitting there staring at me from the fridge. (It's not as colorful as your bagged mix.) I had everything else on hand, too, which was great, including raw cashews, but I bet salted would be tastier. I added the recipe to the My Fitness Pal tracker and also pinned it to my Health Recipes Tried/Liked board on Pinterest. Thanks, Roni!

    martha@ simple-nourished-living

    July 27, 2014

    I'm addicted to the spicy slaw at a little Asian Bistro in my neighborhood. I think this recipe is my ticket to making it at home. Thanks, Roni!

    Tracy Talarek

    July 29, 2014

    Made this tonight. Great healthy addition to our grilling, and a good size portion for 3 WW pps. Thanks so much!


    September 22, 2014

    I just made this for dinner and I had to have a small bowl ahead because it tastes so delicious I could not wait for the rest of the meal to be ready! Thanks for a great way to make slaw with a different twist. Margarita