Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Cole Slaw

Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Coleslaw Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on May 29, 2011

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Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Coleslaw Recipe

Apparently there is some really fine print in my marriage contract that says the barbeque is the strict domain of the husband and that the side dishes are my responsibility. This is fine by me; let the hubby stand over the grill, working up a sweat, acting all manly, while I work away in the house where there is air conditioning and no bugs. And when I say work, what I really mean is toss together a few things, let the flavors come together in the fridge while I read a book or something. I like to keep it simple but not make it look like I did so.

This Asian coleslaw is not only super easy but allergy-friendly as well; it is gluten-free, dairy-free and thanks to Sunbutter, nut-free. Since it doesn’t contain any mayonnaise it is great for eating outdoors with Asian Barbeque Ribs.

So whether you are manning the grill or “slaving away” over the side dishes this Memorial Day, I wish you a fun and safe holiday!

Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Cole Slaw

Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Coleslaw Recipe


3 tablespoons Creamy Sunbutter
6 tablespoons grapeseed (or other neutral tasting) oil
½ teaspoon sesame oil
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons gluten-free, wheat free soy sauce
1 (1-pound) bag tri-color coleslaw mix (or 4 cups shredded cabbage and ½ cup shredded carrots)
Kosher or fine sea salt & pepper
2 green onions, finely sliced
1 teaspoon sesame seeds


In a large mixing bowl combine the Sunbutter, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and soy sauce, whisk together until smooth. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate until serving time, up to 4 hours. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.


This Gluten Free Nut Free Asian Coleslaw recipe serves 6

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Nancy @SensitivePantry May 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This looks fabulous! Love the idea of adding sunbutter. I need to see if my husband has that grill gene–I usually wind up “manning” the bbq. Not sure how that happened.


Carol Kicinski May 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Nancy – I kind of think I would be a great griller, just not ready to have to fight for it! Enjoy the weekend!


Tammie May 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This sounds delicious! Just to make sure I’ve got it right, that’s 1/4 tsp. rice vinegar?


Carol Kicinski May 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Sorry Tammie. That was a typo – it is actually 1/4 cup of rice vinegar! Thanks for pointing this out to me – I have corrected the recipe now.


Wendy @ Celiacs in the House May 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’m with Nancy. Adding Sunbutter is a great idea. Since the division of labor is the same at my house, I’ll be whipping up your salad and sneaking off to read a good book soon.


Carol Kicinski May 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Happy reading Wendy! We will just keep it between us how easy this is!


Janelle May 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe. Yum! Sunbutter is an addictive substance in our house, and beloved because of my peanut allergy. I’ve been waiting to try it on something other than a rice cake, so this is perfect.


Carol Kicinski May 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Hi Janelle, I often use Sunbutter in place of peanut butter in Asian-inspired dishes, it actually has more depth of flavor which I really love and no chance of that nasty reaction to peanuts that some in our family have!


Olivia May 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

mmm yum!!! this looks absolutely DELICIOUS like none other! I love that it uses sunbutter; that’s seriously my favorite nutbutter EVER! (even though it’s technically a seed butta!) thanks for the recipe idea!


Carol Kicinski May 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hi Olivia, Sunbutter has been a staple in our house since we discovered my nephew has a nasty peanut allergy. We all just love it!


Maggie May 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I will definitely be making this Carol! I love asian coleslaw. And I love your end of the BBQ bargain :)


Carol Kicinski May 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thanks Maggie, it works for me!


Shirley @ gfe June 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Ooh, Carol, I like the idea of cole slaw made with sunbutter! It looks yummy, too. :-) Hope you had a wonderful long weekend! Many thanks to your dad for his service to our country.



Carol Kicinski June 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Thank you SHirley, I will pass this on to my dad.


Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) June 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Beautiful beautiful salad!! I am so making this! My boys would totally devour this one, especially since sunbutter is a staple in our house! And, I can see more and more of why Thom and Kurt would get along so well. Kurt is also in charge of the grill!


Carol Kicinski June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Thank you my dear! We can send Kurt & Thom out to the hot grill and stay inside all nice and cool and drink a cocktail or something :)


Kathryn June 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

It looks great, but I’ve got a question: will people that don’t like traditional coleslaw stand much chance of liking this? It looks absolutely delicious, but I *despise* coleslaw, and I would hate to think I might not like this as well~.


Carol Kicinski June 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hmm, well that is a tricky question. It depends I guess on what you don’t like about coleslaw. Is it the cabbage? If so, then probably not. I can say this, my son does not like mayonaise so he doesn’t usually like colesalw but loves this.


Mandi thompson October 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I made this with your orange chicken and your fabulous coconut cupcakes and this meal was quite lovely. I’m not a coleslaw fan at all, but this I can eat often! Great flavor especially the whole Asian theme! Thanks!


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hi Mandi, Thank you for letting me know! Glad you enjoyed it.


Bev October 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

This looks delicious. I am going to make this very soon. I love cole slaw and an asian twist to something I love is even better. I will be curious though to see if my husband likes it. Thanks for sharing.


Bev October 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I made this today and oh my word, it is delicious. My husband tried it too and like it. I am taking it with me for a pot luck. Don’t tell anyone but I kept some for us at home in case it gets eaten up at the picnic. I will be making this often, a great yummy way to get in my veges. Thanks.


Lori March 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

Since there are no peanut allergies in this house, can I use peanut butter in place of the sunbutter? Would it come out okay?


Carol Kicinski March 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

Yes Lori, that’s totally fine!


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