Oct 24

Asian Slaw with Cashews, Pear & Ginger Dressing Recipe



I’m not kidding when I say that I could eat this salad all day long. Not only is it dressed with a vinaigrette made of some of my favorite flavors, ginger and sesame, but it is healthy and refreshing, which is a nice contrast to some of the heavier stews and soups that are passing across my stovetop. While cabbage, cashews and pear may seem like a mismatched team, the sweet and nutty flavors work as well as football players on Dancing with the Stars. Seriously, who knew those big guys could be so light on their feet?

After our bout of snow, we have been spoiled by a gorgeous October, with temperatures in the mid-sixties and abundant sun warming us to our core. I’ve actually been wearing shorts on my daily runs, though I don’t claim it’s been pretty (faded suntan makes for glowing white legs). As though sensing that our mild days are numbered, the boys spent most of the weekend outside, playing on the swings, kicking the soccer ball around and making “nature stew” in their dumptruck. What is nature stew, you ask? Soft tomatoes from the vine, sage and mint leaves, grass and the odd weed. I’m sure some little garden creature will have a feast.

My husband and I are pulling the remaining pears off of our little-tree-that-could, which provided plenty of fruit this season for Crockpot Pear & Ginger Applesauce. As much as we enjoy eating them straight or in applesauce, the pears add a natural sweetness to salads such as this Asian slaw. This salad is the last hurrah before the cold weather hits this week and I am savoring every last bite of it.

The recipe:
In a large bowl, combine Napa cabbage, red cabbage, pear, cashews and cilantro. Toss to combine.

Cashew Pear Slaw Collage 1

For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, sesame oil, canola oil, lime juice and grated ginger.


Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve.


Other slaw recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spicy Asian Slaw with Napa Cabbage, Carrots & Ginger Dressing
Smitten Kitchen’s Mango Slaw with Cashews & Mint
David Lebovitz’s Cole Slaw with Wasabi Dressing
Guilty Kitchen’s Apple Fennel Slaw
TasteFood’s Kale Slaw

Asian Slaw with Cashews, Pear & Ginger Dressing
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 6
  • ½ medium Nappa Cabbage, thinly sliced crosswise
  • ¼ medium red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • ½ cup raw cashews, toasted
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  1. In a large bowl, combine Napa cabbage, red cabbage, pear, cashews and cilantro. Toss to combine.
  2. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, sesame oil, canola oil, lime juice and grated ginger.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve.

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet October 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

I love pears so, so much. This sounds delicious!


2 chris@thekeenancookbook October 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

Love the flavors in this. I can see myself enjoying this by itself or with some of your ginger pork


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

i have been craving asian flavors big time lately…this looks incredible!


4 Christine October 24, 2011 at 7:42 am

I am obsessed with slaw and this one looks really wonderful!


5 Maria October 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

My kind of slaw! Looks wonderful!


6 jenna October 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

this looks packed full of flavor and so easy to whip together! perfect!


7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 24, 2011 at 9:09 am

I believe I could eat anything with cashews all day long. What a fabulous complement to the ginger dressing.


8 naomi October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’m with you, Dara, I could eat salad all day-especially this slaw. I’m loving the cashew and pear pairing. The ginger dressing is a good touch for a bit of spice and added depth of flavor!


9 Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z October 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

I make a salad with cashews and raisins and cabbage that I could eat all day ( and sometimes do) I love the combination of pear and ginger! It looks fabulous.


10 Marina {Yummy Mummy} October 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

This looks so crunch and tasty! I wish I could have this in about an hour for lunch! Gorgeous post.


11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Dara this looks awesome. I love dressings like this and the salad looks so light and bright and perfect!


12 a spoonful of yumm October 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

love the flavors !! looks so delish 😀


13 JulieD October 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love pears…can you believe I have never had them in a salad before? Must try!


14 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

omg can’t wait to make this!


15 carolinaheartstrings October 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

That sounds and looks so fantastic. I would say that is the perfect melding of flavors and textures. Cannot wait to try it.


16 Kimby October 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

“Nature stew”… gotta love it! :) Your salad has such a wonderful mix of flavors and textures, Dara — looking forward to trying it!


17 Liz October 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Dara, I think I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, too! I adore an Asian take on slaw and your additions look marvelous!


18 Feast on the Cheap October 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I cannot wait to make this. It literally sounds like the perfect salad.


19 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Beautiful dish, Dara! It reminds of a recipe that my aunt makes and it’s a family favorite. Craving it!
This October has been remarkably nice, hasn’t it? Just wait until tomorrow…I’m not sure I’m ready.


20 Jeanette October 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

This salad is right up my alley – love all the flavors in it, and the addition of sweet pears is perfect – you’re so lucky to have that little pear tree!


21 www.citronlimette.com October 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Great salad. Full of flavor. Thanks


22 Drick October 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I do not find it strange one bit that you have young chefs cooking stew in dump trucks… Dara, the flavors sound incredible, and you are right, I would not have thought of ’em.. glad you did, the vinaigrette is so refreshingly pure summer and sounds like it matches perfectly with the cabbages, like the use of the sweet pear here too… good vibes on this taste sensation


23 Donna October 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Oh MY! The flavors and textures look and sound amazing!


24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Sounds like a great crunchy fresh combination, I love Asian vinaigrettes.


25 Baker Street October 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

Cashews, pear and ginger. Mmm. I can almost taste it! Love this fusion dara!


26 Katrina October 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

This sounds wonderful! I love the sound of the dressing especially :)


27 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 25, 2011 at 6:12 am

We love Asian slow–I like that you added pear, sounds delicious!


28 Sally October 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

The pears are a great idea – this would be a perfect light dinner with some chicken on top. I am definitely bookmarking this one!


29 Bonnie Banters October 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This salad sounds heavenly! What a unique touch with the pears! Thanks!


30 angela@spinachtiger October 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I am slaw crazy and add cashews and I’ll sit down and eat the whole bowl.


31 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

That just sounds perfectly refreshing and you make the best dressings!


32 KalynsKitchen October 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

Oh yes please. This sounds amazing.


33 Curt October 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

You’re right, that does sound like a mismatched team. I’ve never had nuts in a slaw before, but man, that sounds really good!


34 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

YUM! Sounds fantastic Dara! I love cabbage slaws. I bookmarked this one!!! Yum.



35 Barbara | Creative Culinary October 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

All things I love in a salad…and I mean love. Why don’t I use cashews for salads I wonder? Will now!


36 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Such a great use of pears!!!


37 kathy October 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Looks super yummy! I love slaws.


38 HeatherChristo October 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Dara- this looks so fresh and delicious! I just love the flavor and texture combinations!


39 Nancy@acommunaltable October 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This slaw looks wonderful and I love the combination of flavors. With all the heavier fall foods, this is a nice change!!


40 Tickled Red October 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

I just love all of the different flavor combos that you have in this slaw. I have a couple of nifty ideas bouncing around in my head for this recipe :) Mmm, mmm.


41 Cookbook Queen October 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

Loving the flavor combos!! Looks so bright, fresh and yummy.


42 Carolyn October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

This really sounds wonderful, Dara. I love sesame ginger dressing too, so I can imagine how much you like this salad!


43 marla October 28, 2011 at 7:43 am

I could eat this salad all day long & all year long. Love. It.


44 Courtney October 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I need to try this !! May sub with toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower since I can’t have cashews. Hopefully it won’t alter


45 chris October 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

I would be happy if all I had to eat was Asian slaw. I make it all the time and it’s great for lunches. The addition of cashews is a yummy twist I will need to try!


46 Kita October 30, 2011 at 6:57 am

I just recently became a fan of slaw in general never knowing it outside of that small dish of mayo you get from time to time at a restaurant) but I’m loving it – especially ones with kicks in flavor like this one certainly has! This is a beautiful slaw and the cashews and pears too… beautiful!


47 Diane {Created by Diane} October 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm

looks delicious, flavors como is so GREAT! Wish I had a bowl full right now :)


48 Ashley's Cooking Adventures October 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Pears in slaw, what a wonderful idea!


49 sweetsugarbelle November 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This looks amazing, Dara!


50 Wendy (The Local Cook) January 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

I can just imagine all these wonderful flavors (I’m a huge ginger fan). What a great winter salad! Thank you for sharing at the salad recipe roundup.


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