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Chinese Coleslaw

Chinese Coleslaw with Bok Choy

Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski
A tasty departure from a typical salad, Chinese coleslaw is a combination of nutritious Bok Choy and other colorful vegetables. Makes a great party salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine Chinese


  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 tsp Chinese 5 Spice seasoning *
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers or 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 cup of chopped bok choy leaves and stems
  • 1/2 cup of shredded peeled carrots
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 can 6 oz sliced water chestnuts (drained)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh cilantro leaves chopped.
  • 1-2 tsp of dark sesame oil


  • In a large salad bowl, mix together the vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, 5 spice seasoning, garlic, toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.
  • Add the chopped cucumbers, bok choy, carrots, red peppers, sliced water chestnuts, and cilantro.
  • Drizzle the sesame oil on top and toss.


If you can't find 5 Spice Chinese seasoning, it is a combination of dried and ground anise, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and ginger.
To toast sesame seeds, heat a small frying pan and toast, turning for just a couple minutes.