This is an excellent recipe for those with Dairy allergies, and for vegans as well. If you have a nut allergy, simply leave out the peanuts! Also, if you would rather use the Chili Paste, (which is more concentrated), go ahead, but just use less. This slaw would be excellent as a side dish at your next cookout, celebration or party, or added on top of your favorite sandwich or burger!
**Thai Chili Sauce or paste can be found in the Asian food section of most grocers.
***"Rainbow Carrots" are a bit harder to find, as they may not be available in your area all-year round. Check your local Co-Op, Specialty food store, or Farmer's Market.
Yield: 6-10 Servings
1/2 can of Coconut Milk (plain or unsweetened)
1 Stalk of Lemongrass (fresh or dried)
Fresh grated ginger (or about 1/2 t. of ground)
1 T. Thai Chili Sauce (Adjust to your liking)
Zest & Juice of 1 lime
1 T. of fresh chopped cilantro
**Optional: 1 t. of honey or Agave nector for added sweetness, or a couple dashes of Soy Sauce.
1) In a small pot, add the coconut milk and lemongrass. Bring to a boil, and turn down to low. Cook for about 10min., and remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.
2) In a bowl, strain the coconut milk, and discard the lemongrass. Whisk in the chili sauce, zest and juice of lime, ginger, and honey. Test the flavor of the dressing at this time. Adjust the flavors to your personal tastes, and set aside. (**Remember that the dressing should be very flavorful, since you will be mixing it into a lot of veggies!)
For the Slaw:
8 Rainbow carrots (peeled & julienned or shredded) **Mix up the colors as you like!
1/4 Red Cabbage (shredded or chiffonade cut)
Garnish: 1/2 cup of chopped salted peanuts, chopped cilantro, and/or 1-2 chopped scallions
1) In a medium/ large sized serving bowl, place the shredded carrots and cabbage. Pour the dressing over the veggies, and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (It's best to make the slaw a couple hours ahead to let the veggies marinate in the flavors!) When ready to serve, simply sprinkle some chopped peanuts, and/or scallions over top, and serve!