Amy Lippert, NTP
Sriracha Coleslaw (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Updated: Mar 6
Spicy, crunchy, fresh, earthy and perfectly tangy, this super easy coleslaw is sure to make a tasty impression. I love new twists on old favorites and this sriracha slaw is an awesome side to Paleo Honey Chicken or Korean Flank Steak!
Growing up with a Korean momma cultivated my love for spicy food and sriracha is one of my go-to sauces for so many things from stir-fry to sandwiches...so I thought, let's make a sriracha coleslaw! If you're looking for a creamy, spicy and nutritious side dish, this one will not disappoint!
Why Cabbage is So Good For You!
Cabbage is a cruciferous veggie that belongs to the Brassica family of plants, along with kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula and more. When making a coleslaw, I love to add various kinds of cruciferous veggies as each one brings it's own nutrients to the table!
Vitamin A: (beta-carotene): A fat soluble vitamin that is a powerful antioxidant supporting healthy vision, immune function, cell growth, and brain function.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Converts carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which supports energy production .
Vitamin B6: is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep .
Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports healthy metabolism, and is key in breaking down homocysteine, and amino acid that is harmful in high concentrations .
Vitamin C: (ascorbic acid): A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, and the absorption of non-heme iron.
Vitamin K: Fat soluble vitamin that supports the body's ability to form blood clots and is converted to vitamin K2 in the gut and supports healthy bones .
Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body and is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and bones as well as heart, muscle and nerve function .
Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat .
Magnesium: The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it support healthy nerve functions, healthy blood pressure, and detoxification.
Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function .
Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and arugula that has been shown to have many health benefits. Studies have shown that this powerful compound is stored in cruciferous vegetables in an inactive form known as glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin is then activated by chopping, cutting, or chewing the food releasing an enzyme, myrosinase, to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to support health and wellness.
There are more benefits to including cabbage to a whole food diet as the fiber they contain supports a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:
Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.
Soluble fiber : Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.
So grab some cabbage or coleslaw mix and let's get cooking!
Sriracha Coleslaw Ingredients
½ cup No Sugar Mayonnaise
¼ cup Sriracha
2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp Fine Sea Salt or Pink Salt
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (optional)
8-10oz coleslaw Mix OR 4-5 cups shredded cabbage
½ cup Raw Cashews, chopped
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
How to Make Sriracha Coleslaw
1. To a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, S&P and sesame seeds and mix well until creamy.
2. Add the coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage and toss to coat.
3. Top with chopped raw cashews and enjoy!
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Q: Can I make this sriracha coleslaw ahead of time?
A: Yes, but keep in mind that any slaw recipe will soften the veggies the longer it sits. I love this slaw fresh and crisp and the next day when it has marinated and all the flavors have melded together.
Q: What else can I add to add a little more crunch to the sriracha coleslaw?
A: I would try some sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds to add some more nutrients and crunch!
Q: How long will sriracha coleslaw keep?
A: Once the coleslaw has been mixed in I would try and enjoy it within 1-2 days since the veggies do soften.
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy
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