Wasabi Cole Slaw

By Anne-Marie Nichols

Wasabi Cole Slaw

This wasabi coleslaw recipe was inspired by a Avocado Coleslaw recipe from Mostly Food & Crafts as part of a blogger recipe challenge I participated in a few years ago.

I thought I'd take a basic coleslaw recipe you’d bring to picnics and cookouts and jazz it up a bit.

First, I took this simple coleslaw recipe and added some dill, which was nice, but just so-so. Then I thought, why not try some of the wasabi mayonnaise that was left over from making Wasabi Deviled Eggs?

A classic was born – Wasabi Cole Slaw!

Tired of basic coleslaw recipes? Try this Wasabi Cole Slaw recipe! Click to get this Asian coleslaw recipe that's ideal for cookouts, potlucks and bbq parties. It's gluten free and comes with a vegan option.

Why you should make this wasabi coleslaw recipe

Wasabi Cole Slaw was an instant hit with my daughter, Lucie, who loves all things wasabi. If you have kids who love spicy foods, they’re love this easy coleslaw recipe.

I also thought my Japanese coleslaw recipe would be a wonderful dish to serve with stir fry, sushi takeout, or anytime you’re cooking up anything Asian inspired.

Wasabi Cole Slaw would also be delicious on fish tacos. Seriously, you have to try it!

Wasabi Cole Slaw

This Mama’s tips for making Wasabi Cole Slaw

This coleslaw recipe is naturally gluten free. Just make sure that the wasabi mayonnaise brand you’re using is gluten free. (I used Trader Joe’s Wasabi Mayonnaise.)

The amount of wasabi mayonnaise used is totally up to you. I used a ratio of half olive oil mayo to half wasabi mayo. You may want to increase or decrease the wasabi mayo depending on your personal taste.

If you can’t find wasabi mayonnaise for this easy coleslaw recipe, take olive oil mayonnaise and add wasabi paste to it a quarter teaspoon at a time. It’s powerful stuff, so adjust for taste as you go.

If you’re vegan, use vegan mayo and wasabi paste or wasabi powder. (I assume that the powdered stuff is vegan if the paste isn’t.) Again, use a little bit of wasabi at a time until you get the amount of heat that you like.

I also added a bit of lime juice to keep the avocado nice and green. Even so, you should eat Wasabi Cole Slaw right away. Leftovers will inevitably start to turn a bit gray. The slaw won’t spoil (it’ll taste fine), but it won’t be as pretty.

If you’re one of those people who think cilantro is awful, feel free to omit it from this wasabi slaw recipe. I totally understand.

Finally, I hand cut my cabbage since I wanted to use organic cabbage for this easy coleslaw recipe. Next time, I’ll use my food processor to get a finer cut of cabbage for the slaw. 

To save time, you could use precut coleslaw mix from the grocery store. It probably has some shredded carrots and red cabbage in it, but I don’t see that being a problem.

Wasabi Cole Slaw

Wasabi Cole Slaw

Inspired by this recipe from Mostly Food & Crafts


  • 1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup wasabi mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Refrigerate until time to serve.
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 6 cups
  • Serving size: 3/4 cup

Originally published on June 16, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

Tired of basic coleslaw recipes? Try this Wasabi Cole Slaw recipe! Click to get this Asian coleslaw recipe that\'s ideal for cookouts, potlucks and bbq parties. It\'s gluten free and comes with a vegan option. You\'ll love how this easy coleslaw recipe with avocado and wasabi mayo for summer!

12 thoughts on “Wasabi Cole Slaw

  1. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Wait, how did I miss meeting you at Eat Write Retreat?? – Bummer 🙁 But so cool to see you here in Secret Recipe Club and I love love this twist on the traditional cole slaw. I was in a mad rush to use up those avocado too (I made avocado lime ice cream 🙂

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Thanks Danielle. I knew you had a hit there already and the wasabi flavoring was just to get my daughter to try it. She loves anything wasabi flavored, even vegetables!


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