June 3, 2010

Asian Inspired Mango Orange Slaw

Asian Inspired Mango Orange Slaw

They past few weeks have been crazy! The husband was gone for business, leaving me all by myself with Coop. There was the stomach bug that hit Coop first and then left me down for the count. Whoa. I never thought it was possible to lose my appetite and it finally happened! So I’ve been quite timid about eating lately. I’ve been living in Blandsville for the past few days and last night I had enough of it. I needed something that would get me excited about food again. I also was aching to get back in the kitchen because chopping veggies keeps me sane. Is that weird? This salad REALLY REALLY helped. It’s sort of my kick-off-to- summer salad. Although we are a few weeks away, aren’t we? We had a little heat wave yesterday, so that’s my excuse for celebrating early. Yes.

It has a few familiar nuances of salads I’ve made before, but this time mangoes and oranges make their debut appearance in this nice little slaw! They are a colorful and sweet and a good balance when mixed with a few spicy/crunchy elements. The juice of the orange mixed with the Asian dressing creates quite a mouth par-tay!  It’s pretty refreshing if you stick the slaw in the fridge for an hour or so before serving. If you are craving some protein, pair it with some grilled shrimp or mix in some savory baked tofu! The tofu adds a nice salty element.  You are totally going to crave this one, trust me.

Let’s get started!!!

Chop up some red cabbage!

red cabbage slaw

Chop the cilantro & green onions. Add to bowl with the cabbage.

cilantro chop

Toast the sesame seeds in a small pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Set aside.

toasting sesame

Cut up your mangoes! Into the bowl they go!

mango cubing

Add in your orange segments. Give the leftovers a squeeze right into that bowl!

my big hand

Get your dressing ingredients together!

ingredients for the dressing

Make the dressing! Whisk it up!


Add your sesame seeds and the slivered almonds.

ready to dress

Get ready to dress! Look at you! You’re doing it!

lubrication activated!

Mix well, and you have this bowl of goodness! Toss it in the fridge. It’s really good when it’s cold!

well dressed salad

Now what should we drink with it?

Asian Inspired Mango Orange Slaw

serves about 4 as an entree

For the salad:

  • 1 medium head red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 scallions chopped (both white & green parts)
  • 2 mangoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (more if you LOVE cilantro)
  • 2 navel oranges, segmented
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 2 squares of savory baked tofu (optional)

Toast the sesame seeds in a small pan on medium heat for 2-5 minutes until seeds lightly brown and a few of them start popping. Gather the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl for tossing. Make your dressing. (recipe follows)

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Asian red chile sauce (use Sriracha!)
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil

To make the dressing:

In a medium bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients together with a whisk. Season with salt to taste. Pour dressing on top of salad and squeeze the leftover orange (from segmenting) on top of the slaw.  Cover the slaw and place in the fridge for about an hour before eating.

  • Tamille

    I REALLY have to make this salad…immediately!

  • brooke

    mmm, that slaw looks divine. im bookmarking this page for sure!

  • Julie

    I just made an asian peanut slaw last night for dinner! It was super similar, except I added green onions and peanuts, and I added a little peanut butter and minced jalapeno to the dressing. But I love the mango and orange addition. Yum!

  • Michelle

    Glad you’re both feeling better. All the good vitamins in this beautiful salad will keep you that way! This looks wonderful.

    • Tracy

      thanks michelle! you are totally right- somehow i didn’t even think about the nutritional value, i was more focused on taste! 🙂

  • Katrina

    This salad looks so good! I’m super impressed by your photos.

  • Cook with Madin

    The salad looks great, the combination of color and photos are great too.

  • anna

    mmm…i made apple cabbage slaw for my fish tacos the other day. it was delish!

  • Linn @ Swedish home cooking

    I love your recipe! Mango in food is so amazing and it is a great idea to make a cole slaw of it. Delicious!

  • Magdalena

    Hello, hello! What a nice idea for a salad. Mango and red cabbage – very surprising, and its colour is great. Kind regards from Paris !

    • Tracy

      Hello to Paris! Thank you! It’s kind of one of those kitchen sink salads! I got to clean out my fridge somehow 🙂

  • Cousin Jen

    Hey there..

    If you get sick again while Hubby is away, Call and me and the cousins can watch Coop for you! Really!


  • Genie

    That is beautiful. I’ve been making red cabbage salad lately, but haven’t thought to add fruit to it. I have a thing for purple food.

  • Dana

    Oh no. You poor thing. I live in fear of stomach viruses. Thankfully the boys seem to have my constitution (it’s the veg thing, I’m sure of it) and rarely get sick. Glad you both are over it.

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  • Leslie @ crunchybetty.com

    Yum! And yum some more! Love this (and love the clean freshness of your blog), and can’t wait to try it! I’m hosting a recipe link party for mangoes over at my blog today, and I would LOVE it if you’d add this! I think my readers would really enjoy it.

  • Stacey

    I just made this and it was a hit! The mango that was bought wasn’t ripe so it was omitted, and I substituted almonds for walnuts. The dressing really brought it all together and it was DELICIOUS! Great job! Can’t wait to make it again with mango! (:

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