Summer means our grill is getting tons of action: burgers, hot dogs, chicken and even steak. We grill at home all summer, but I like hanging out in my friends’ backyard while they grill deliciousness too. I always offer to bring a side because I can’t turn down a chance to share my food.
I’m going to lay to you straight: sides can make or break a cookout.
Sure, the protein might be the star of the show, but I need something light and refreshing in between bites of burgers and hot dogs. However, I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise-based slaws. Let someone else bring the traditional coleslaw, while you whip up this flavorful, easy ginger sesame slaw.
The dressing only takes a few ingredients and comes together quickly. For best flavor, make the ginger sesame slaw a few hours ahead or the night before. This gives the veggies time to soak up the sweet and tangy dressing. Want a kick? Add some Sriracha.
I used bagged shredded broccoli, carrot, and red cabbage for my slaw, but any kind of crunchy veg would work. Try shredded kale, brussel sprouts, daikon, radishes, kohlrabi or Napa cabbage. You get the idea. I’ll bet julienned granny smith apples would be tasty too!
Serve the slaw as a side or toss some in pulled pork tacos.
Now to make another batch because my husband ate most of it.
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 T freshly grated ginger root
- 1 T sesame oil
- 2 cups packaged shredded broccoli slaw mix
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
- In a medium bowl, mix first 6 ingredients until sugar and salt dissolves.
- Add shredded broccoli slaw mix and toss until coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds right before servigin.