Ginger Lime Asian Slaw

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This ginger lime Asian slaw is a delicious, healthy side dish recipe that will get lots of vegetables onto your plate. It’s a great topping for tacos.

Ginger lime Asian slaw in a bowl

This recipe for ginger lime Asian slaw is a delicious, healthy way to highlight one of my favorite vegetables, Napa cabbage.

We get a lot of this from my farm share, and I always grab an extra one from the trade bin if I’m lucky enough to find one. Napa cabbage is more delicate and mild-flavored than other cabbages. It brings the perfect crunch to this Asian slaw recipe.

Slaw on a cutting board

This slaw has a complex flavor, and the apples give it a nice sweetness. Serve it with a sandwich for lunch or put it aside fish or chicken for a nutritious, flavorful dinner. It’s also a great topping for fish tacos.

I like to dress this Asian slaw a few hours ahead of time so the flavors have time to deepen. The slaw will wilt a bit if you keep the leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days, but it still tastes delicious.

Ginger Lime Asian Slaw

This ginger lime Asian slaw is a light, delicious side dish.
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4.88 from 8 votes
Ginger lime Asian slaw in a bowl
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes


  • 8 cups Napa cabbage thinly sliced (or combination of Napa and red cabbage)
  • 3 carrots grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil divided
  • 1 tbs minced onion
  • 1 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar


  • Combine the cabbage, carrots, apple, salt, and lime juice in a large bowl.
  • In a medium skillet, cook the minced onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  • In a jar, mix the remaining tablespoon of olive oil with the honey and rice vinegar. Add the veggies from pan.
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. This will wilt a bit if you leave it in the refrigerator for a few days, but it still tastes great.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1812IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Servings: 18
Calories: 33kcal
Cost: $.25 per serving

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Ginger Lime Asian Slaw Price Breakdown

The total cost of this recipe is $4.57, or $.25 per half cup serving.  If you’re looking for a way to make your lunch plate more interesting, this healthy Asian slaw will jazz it up with delicious flavor.

Looking for more frugal dinner recipes? Check out my post with 30 healthy dinner recipes for less than $1 per serving.


  1. 5 stars
    Your dressing is delicious! I used prepared slaw in the bag which already has carrots in it. I also cut up some fresh pineapple and added sliced almonds, would also be good with edamame. Great recipe! Thanks for posting!

  2. 5 stars
    Love the ginger and lime combination in this slaw! Love the sweet, sour, and slightly spicy ginger flavours. Perfect as a quick side dish or on pork tacos.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m making pulled pork today – this would be an awesome addition on top of a sandwich! YUM!

  4. 5 stars
    YUM! I bet this would be awesome on top of tacos or served on a poke-type bowl!

  5. 5 stars
    I absolutely love Asian salads. That dressing is to die for. Will try soon. Loved how you broke down the cost per serving.

  6. Wonderful idea-I’ve bookmarked this. My daughter prefers Savoy cabbage (I think it’s crazy that she has a cabbage preference in elementary school!) so next time we get a Napa I will make this. Thanks!

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