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Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw (Video)

Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw is a recipe I make over and over and this delicious salad is perfect for everyone who loves cilantro and peanuts. 

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Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s a lucky break for me that cabbage happens to be one of the most diet-friendly ingredients around, as well as being an uber-nutritious cruciferous vegetable, because I’m such a huge fan of cabbage salads like this Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw that I could eat a salad with cabbage almost every day. In fact, I am fond of cabbage most any way you want to serve it, which is why there are so many tasty low-carb cabbage recipes on my blog!

I first made this favorite cabbage slaw eight years ago (!), and although the old photos weren’t ghastly, it was definitely in need of new photos that would show off how delicious it is! And hopefully the improved photos might entice you to try this one if you’re a fan of cabbage salads.

And we do have to talk about the “C” word don’t we, because I absolutely understand that some people have the anti-cilantro gene and just can’t stand the stuff! So if you want to make this tasty slaw without cilantro, just use a little extra sliced green onion instead.

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How to Make Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw:

(Scroll down for complete recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. I used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) to slice the cabbage nice and thin; put sliced cabbage into a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the rice vinegar, sweetener, sesame oil (affiliate link), soy sauce, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), and peanut oil to make the dressing.
  3. Chop peanuts, slice green onions, and chop cilantro (if using.)
  4. Stir the green onions and cilantro into the cabbage so it’s well combined, then stir in the desired amount of dressing until the salad is as wet as you’d like it.
  5. Add chopped peanuts and stir to combine, saving a few peanuts to garnish the top if desired. Serve right away.
  6. This salad will lose its crunch after it sits in the fridge, so if this makes more than you’ll eat at one time I would cut the cabbage, mix in the chopped green onions and cilantro, and then only add dressing and peanuts to the amount you’ll be eating. Keep the cabbage mixture and the extra dressing refrigerated to combine another time.

Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Great Salad Recipes with Cabbage:

Mexican-Inspired Slaw ~ All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chopped Asian Chicken Salad ~ A Dash of Sanity
Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad with Tangy Cilantro Dressing ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad ~ Your HomeBased Mom
Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw

Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

This Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw is a salad I love and make often.


Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (see notes)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 T sweetener of your choice (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or peanut oil


  1. Cut cabbage head in half and save half for another salad.
  2. Remove core from the half you’re using, then cut cabbage into very thin slices (less than 1/4 inch.
  3. Turn cutting board the other direction and cut again to chop into very small pieces.
  4. Thinly slice green onions, chop cilantro, and chop peanuts.
  5. In a bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together rice vinegar, sweetener of your choice, sesame oil (affiliate link), soy sauce, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) sauce if using.
  6. Use a whisk to mix in oil until dressing is well-combined.
  7. In large plastic or glass bowl, gently combine chopped cabbage, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro.
  8. Add dressing a little at a time, until salad seems as wet as you’d like it. (You may not need all the dressing.)
  9. Add chopped peanuts, and stir a few times until peanuts are mixed in.
  10. Taste salad for seasoning, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired.
  11. Serve immediately.


I used Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe. If you like cilantro I would use at least 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, or more for the recipe. Use a bit more thinly sliced green onion if you're not a cilantro fan. Use more or less Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to taste, or this can be left out for a less spicy version.

Recipe adapted from Crunchy Peanut Slaw found at The Kitchn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you use an approved sweetener, this Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw should be a great choice for any low-carb or low-glycemic diet plan, including the original South Beach Diet.

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    90 Comments on “Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw (Video)”

  1. Bria, so glad you liked it. I think the variations of this are endless!

  2. Kalyn,

    Love your blog! I am actually eating this as we speak (well for the most part) I had some veggies in the fridge that i wanted to use up so i added shredded carrots and snap peas, plus some grilled chicken and lime juice.

    It is absolutely delicious. The vinagrette is amazing, I usually dont like slaws, but this is a unique and tasty spin! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

    I've included it in my Top 25 recipe posts on Twitter because its such a winner!!


    Thank you again for the beautiful post.

    Bridge x

  4. Ashley, over 1,000 recipes in the archives on the left, I'm sure you can find something you'll like.

  5. It was awesome. Day two has just begun for my
    south beach diet. My husband and I are like…"we are starving" how can we fill our tummy's up? on this diet. Any suggestions?

  6. HypsyAdventures, so glad you're finding the phase one recipes useful.

    Rookie Cookie, so glad to hear it was a hit and even more glad that we're converting people to the joys of cilantro!

  7. I made this for my sister's baby shower last night. Enormous hit. I heard things like, "I never knew I liked cilantro!".

  8. You are saving my life with all these amazing phase 1 recipes… this cabbage salad looks delicious! Thanks for all your hard work!

  9. Emily so glad you liked it! As for the Sriracha, I admit I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to hot (I'm working on it!)

  10. Just made a big batch, and it is fantastic. I didn't have to add salt, but I did up the sriracha by a squirt or so; we like it HOT over here.

    Excellent recipe! Thanks so much.

  11. Annie, I don't think there would be all that much difference with only 1 T of sweetener, but you could start with 2 tsp. and taste, then add more if you want it a bit sweeter. I did use agave.

  12. This looks soooo fresh & good. One question: each of the sweetener options that you listed have different sweetening capabilities. For example, I know that you usually use less honey than sugar because it is much sweeter. Do you have any ideas on how to adjust the amount if you're using honey or agave?


  13. This salad is SOOOOOOO good! As I was making it, I realized that I didn’t have canola or peanut oil, so I used vegetable – sounded gross, but it turned out really good! This salad reminds me of the Chinois Salad from Wolfgang Puck Express – yum!!

  14. This recipe looks divine! I am a huge fan of any Asian-fusion salads such as this. Can’t wait to try it but may leave out the Sriracha, I can’t handle too much heat. Thanks!

  15. I like the recipes to try bookmark idea! This one just went in mine.

  16. This slaw sounds so good! I really like the flavours in it!

  17. Diane and Amanda, so glad to hear you liked the recipe. Can’t wait to make this again myself.

  18. Looking for creative uses for cilantro? Then try this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It’s a snap to prepare and really tasty. All my favorite flavors are in this Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw!

  19. Hi, I wanted to let you know that I made this for 2 different parties this weekend and it was huge hit both times. I can’t wait to make a batch just for me! This recipe is terrific.

  20. Lucy, MINT! Now that is a truly brilliant idea. I’ll try that version myself for sure!