I love salads. I love veggies. I love anything green. Not everybody is sharing this love with me, but it’s oh so good for my body. People often say that a salad is not filling and satisfying, but the opposite is true for me. Salads and greens are packed with fiber and together with some grilled chicken or salmon it’s absolutely a complete meal with lots of proteins. I can have salads during Summer and even Winter, as a side, lunch or dinner. I had this Japanese coleslaw for the first time at a dinner party from good friends. She loves to cook Japanese, especially since she is married to her Japanese husband. No complaining here, as we can indulge in her experimental feasts. I often make this coleslaw along side with my Japanese Curry Dish. It’s a match made in heaven! The ingredients are all must haves in your pantry when cooking Japanese. Basic stuff like soy sauce, mirin, sake, rice vinegar, sesame oil and wasabi. This (side) dish is super easy to make and won’t cost you more than 10 minutes and it’s also easy to love. Enjoy!

japanese coleslaw

Japanese Coleslaw

Serves 6 sides

  • 1/2 White cabbage
  • 1 Daikon, julienne
  • 1 Carrot, julienne
  • 2 scallion / spring onions / green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon roasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon roasted black sesame seeds


  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1/4 teaspoon wasabi
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup kewpie Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1,5 tablespoon Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sake
  • 1 teaspoon palm or coconut sugar


Slice the cabbage very thin and put it in a large salad bowl. Cut the carrot and daikon julienne with a mandolin ( a must have in the Japanese cuisine) or in matchsticks of about 5 cm of length and add to the cabbage. Thinly cut the scallions and add this to the salad bowl too. Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients in a mixing bowl until you have a smooth dressing, add some ground pepper and sea salt to taste if necessary. Toss the dressing together with the roasted sesame seeds in the salad bowl.