Spicy Sesame Coleslaw

Recently I ordered Brendan Brazier’s book Thrive Foods on Amazon!  It felt like Christmas to me when the Amazon box arrived.  I’m slightly obsessed with him and his philosophy about nutrition.  (I highly recommend you order it now it you don’t already have it.)  When I first learned about Brendan I was uber excited because he used to be a professional Ironman Triathlete like my husband Joe.

My husband Joe, in the red cap.

I thought it would be helpful when trying to persuade Joe to adapting a strictly plant based diet.  Turns out Joe didn’t need any convincing at all and the switch for him was just natural.  Phew!

Now, back to Brendan…I finally tried one of his recipes last night, his South of the Border Coleslaw.  This was my first time trying one of his recipes…there are so many yummy looking ones to choose from…but I chose this one simply because I happened to have two head of cabbage needing to be eaten.  It was just OK on it’s own. But, the whole time I was eating it, I just thought it needed something.  My step-dad had some with me while we watched American Idol…go Phillip Phillips!  He also thought there was something missing – he suggested adding pineapple asking…isn’t there pineapple in regular coleslaw?  Baahaha, that made me laugh out loud!  No, not in any recipes I’ve seen.

Don't you dig my fancy iPhone photography!


Here’s the recipe:

South of the Border Coleslaw

1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water for 1-2 hours

1/2 cup cashew soak water

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 large Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

1/2 tsp sea salt

8 cups finely shredded green cabbage (shredded as thinly as possible)

1 cup shredded carrots


When cashews are soaked and soft, place in a blender with water, vinegar, dates, cilantro and salt.  Blend until smooth and creamy (this may take a couple of minutes).  In a bowl, mix together the cabbage and carrots.  Pour the blended mixture on top and toss until well coated.  Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.

What I added:

To a bowl of coleslaw I simply drizzled sesame oil, sprinkled sesame seeds and squirted some Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce on top.  This totally made the dish beyond delicious!

I’d be curious to hear what YOU think about this recipe and how you changed it if at all.




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