The unofficial start to the Summer Season occurs the last week in May when we honor those who died serving our country. I have several family members who have worked selflessly and tirelessly to preserve our freedoms which solidifies the significance of this holiday. While it isn’t uncommon for us to take a short getaway, we often find ourselves spending time with family and friends over a shared meal. And since the temperatures often begin to rise significantly during this time of the year here in Southern California, we often opt for quick meals that can be cooked on the grill and served with a variety of fresh sides.
Coleslaw is a widely popular summer food, often served at barbecues, picnics and other outdoor gatherings. Consumed in countries across the globe, it is traditionally prepared with mayonnaise (or buttermilk) and carrots. The side dish can be varied to your personal taste preferences and be very simple or more elaborate. Because of its versatility as a side dish, I decided to create an Asian Coleslaw recipe to serve this Memorial Day.
A mixture of green and purple cabbage is combined with carrots, bell pepper, green onion, snap peas and fresh ginger, lightly tossed with a Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing and topped with sliced almonds and sesame seeds. Everything you’ll need for this quick, easy recipe can be found at your local Walmart.
- 1/4 whole green cabbage chopped
- 1/2 whole red cabbage chopped
- 3/4 cup carrots chopped
- 8 green onions diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup snap peas
- 1 Tbs . fresh ginger minced
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing
Toss vegetables and ginger together with dressing
Top with sesame seeds and sliced almonds
If you plan to prepare this dish ahead of time, simply chop and toss your vegetables but wait until you’re ready to serve the dish to incorporate the dressing. While using bagged varieties of cabbage can save time during the preparation process, cabbage is freshest and lasts longer when chopped right before serving. Since preparation is minimal, I highly recommend using whole cabbage heads.
Looking for additional inspiration for your Memorial Day get-together? Check out these meal ideas from my fellow Walmart Moms: