This cole slaw uses my Asian Style Vinaigrette to flavor the usual assortment of cole slaw vegetables. I used a mandolin to slice the peppers and onion; for the carrot, I used a peeler. I also used some red cabbage to add more color. I think you can vary the amounts and the types of vegetables to suit your taste. The toasted sesame seeds are an important touch - they add a lot to the Asian flavor of the dressing.
Food Editor's Notes: This is a nice variation on a traditional cole slaw. It is flavorful and refreshing, and will go well with almost any entree. I made it and served it with Asian Style Salmon, which uses the same vinaigrette and requries no time at all to prepare. I sliced all the vegetables in my food processor, except for the scallions, as I don't have a mandolin. You can buy toasted sesame seeds, which are convenient, but they have so much more flavor if you toast them at home yourself. Just put them in a hot pan and stir for a few minutes until golden - you do have to watch carefully, as they can burn quickly. This recipe makes enough for a crowd.
1 green cabbage
1 large carrot
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/4 red onion
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Asian Style Vinaigrette
Thinly slice all the vegetables and mix together. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Add the sesame seeds just before serving and toss gently.
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Asian Style Cole Slaw