There’s nothing better than a delicious peanut butter sauce, am I right? Seriously though this Vegan Thai Peanut Slaw has a creamy richness with a hint of sweetness and a light crunch. It’s the perfect summer salad!
I made this one day on a whim, using some simple ingredients I had on hand and it has become a family favorite!
Loaded with superfoods like:
- Bell peppers
- Olive oil
It’s really hard to mess this one up. I just love peanut butter so much that my sauce has quite a bit of it in there. Did you know that there was a study that showed women who eat peanuts daily lower their heart disease risk by 50%? That’s enough to justify my slightly obsessive peanut butter habit right there. LOL.
Are Peanuts Healthy
I spent most of my life thinking peanut butter was junk food. Of course, the trans fat and sugar laden kind I ate as a kid was just that. And peanuts potentially carry aflatoxins, a cancer causing agent produced by mold which frequently grows on peanuts, corn and cottonseed. In fact, rodent studies have found that this mold increases the risk of liver cancer. Yikes!
So is it safe to eat them? Well thanks to concerns of this problem, the FDA now tightly regulates the peanut butter industry so there is only a small amount of aflotoxins allowed in today’s products. Theoretically, peanut butter produced in the United States is no longer a problem.
But if you are worried about it, there are some compounds you can take to help mitigate any exposure you may have: chorophyll (think greens, spinach or algae), milk thistle, dandelion, and marshmallow root.
I continue to eat peanut butter because I love it so much. But this Vegan Thai Peanut Slaw recipe would also work with almond butter if you are on the anti-peanut train.
Vegan Peanut Thai Slaw
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 cups edamame, cooked and shelled
Thai Peanut Dressing
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbs fresh ginger, minced
- 1/4 cup agave, honey, or other liquid sweetener
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbs tamari
- 1/4 cup red wine or rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or slivered almonds
- Place all veggies and edamame in a large bowl.
- In a food processor, blend dressing ingredients until well mixed.
- Toss dressing with slaw. Serve topped with peanuts or almonds for crunch.
National Cancer Institute: Liver Cancer Prevention
Aflotoxin. An invisible food hazard.
Dr. Axe. Aflatoxin.