San Francisco Slaw

San Francisco Slaw

This salad originally appeared in the Fresh cookbook, published in 2011, but it’s one I come back to again and again. What makes it craveable is that every bite is slightly different and every bite is absolutely delicious.

It has an unexpected element with the fried garlic in olive oil that is poured hot over the cabbage. With the spiciness of the sambal oelek and brightness from the cilantro and lime, it hits all the flavour notes that you’re looking for. If you can’t get pea sprouts, just sub any kind of microgreen or even some baby arugula.

Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as a side.


  • 3 cups (150g) finely sliced napa or savoy cabbage
  • 2 tbsp (15-20g) finely sliced red onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp (20g) toasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sambal oelek
  • 8 (75g) grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup (20g) chopped pea sprouts
  • 1/2 cup (8g) chopped cilantro


  1. Put sliced cabbage and red onion in a large serving bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add garlic.
  3. As soon as the garlic starts to brown, pour the oil and garlic over the cabbage and onion and toss to mix thoroughly.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and toss mixture together.
  5. Taste, add more sea salt if needed and serve immediately.

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