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Thai Coleslaw

Paleo Thai Coleslaw puts a new and unexpected twist on this classic salad.

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Coleslaw was never really my thing. Anytime I had it, it was mushy, drippy and tasted like that Miracle Whip crap. Bleh!

The greatest thing about cooking is you can always make something your own and give it your personal signature. I love peanut dressing and Pad Thai but I have really given up the peanut madness since turning my food over to the “Paleo Way.” I think I was having issues with it anyhow.

I love the texture of Napa cabbage so I make this star of the show, complimented by grated beets which are perfect for sweeping out those pesky phytoestrogens, carrots and fresh pineapple. No canned fruit in syrup here! This combination makes the perfect second post-workout meal where I start tapering off my carbs, upping my fat along with another big hunk o’ protein. It’s satisfying without leaving me weighted down.

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Paleo Thai Coleslaw

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Ethnic, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Veggies, Whole30
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Paleo Thai Coleslaw is a fresh take on this classic summer recipe. The crunchy veggies and delicious peanut-style dressing has all the right sweet, salty, sour, and savory notes. It's gluten-free, whole30-friendly, and peanut-free!



For the slaw:

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup grated beets
  • 3 cups shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 2 tbsp crushed raw cashews
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves torn

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 2 tbsp coconut vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp dried Thai chilies or chili paste start with 1 teaspoon to check the spicy level
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch fresh black pepper


  1. Make sure you dry the veggies with paper towels or kitchen towels if they’re really damp. The pineapple will add moisture so you don’t need any extra.
  2. Add veggies and pineapple to a large bowl.
  3. Make the dressing: In a blender add the water, then add the remainder of ingredients. Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy dressing.
  4. Use half of the dressing and toss the salad together, mixing well until everything is coated.
  5. Garnish with the cashews, green onions and cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts
Paleo Thai Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 497mg21%
Potassium 488mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 5640IU113%
Vitamin C 41.3mg50%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 Responses

  1. Is there a substitution for the coconut vinegar? I have everything else in hand to make the dressing, but the only way for me to get coconut vinegar it’s to order it online.

  2. Thank you so much for this great site. My husband and I are both 58 years old and we are just starting Paleo.
    I have so much to learn. Your site is going to be a major part of educating me. Thanks again for this great site.

  3. This looks amazing. However I am allergic to pineapple. Do you have a suggestion on what I could use instead?

  4. Just tried this tonight and LOVE! I added mango with the pineapple and also red cabbage for extra “crunch n munch”! This is the best since I’m not a slaw person either… So fresh and delish!

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