Healthy Asian Zucchini Slaw – Easy Side Dish with Sesame and Soy

Asian Zucchini Slaw
Dairy Free Grain Free Keto Friendly Kid Friendly Low Carb Vegetarian 

Nutrition: 70 Calories | 3.8g Net Carbs | 2.5g Protein | 4.8g Total Fat

Fresh and flavorful, this Asian zucchini slaw, seasoned with sesame, soy, and ginger, is a quick and easy low calorie side dish perfect for lunch or dinner.

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I love a quick and tasty side dish, especially when it’s healthy too. This zucchini slaw is the perfect summer side dish. If you’ve ever grown zucchinis in your garden, you know they are a delicious summer squash and there comes a point when you just can’t pick them fast enough. It’s pretty easy to find them in the grocery store year round too. This recipe is fun because it’s an easy change from your traditional slaw or side salad. Plus, zucchinis are very refreshing when it’s hot outside, low calorie, and they soak up whatever flavor you put on them. This Asian zucchini slaw is flavored with sesame and soy, making it oh so tasty, and it comes together quickly too.

Cut the Zucchini


The first step in this quick recipe is to cut the zucchini into thin matchsticks. The easiest way to do this is with a V-slicer like this one (OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer). First, cut off the end of the zucchini. Then, slice the zucchini the short way using the julienne blade. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can also cut the zucchini using a knife or a spiralizer. If you use a spiralizer, use kitchen scissors to cut the long spiral strips into shorter pieces.

I recommend using small to medium sized zucchini for this recipe for a better texture. Large zucchini have more seeds and are pithy in the center. If you only have large zucchini, cut the squash down the center lengthwise. Then, use a spoon to scrape out the center seeds and pithy part. Throw these parts away, and then slice the rest into small matchsticks.

The Trick to a Quick Julienne - Kitchen Conundrums with Thomas Joseph

Here’s a video showing you how to julienne your zucchini and other vegetables using a knife. It even has a trick to do it quicker.

Salt the Zucchini and Make Dressing

After all the zucchini is cut up, sprinkle it with salt. Then, toss to coat. This will pull out some of the water and give the zucchini a lot of flavor. After seasoning the zucchini, let it rest while you make the dressing. You will need: olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic powder and ground ginger.

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together. Then, drizzle it over the zucchini. Add sesame seeds to the bowl and toss everything together.

When the zucchini is throughly covered in the dressing, your Asian zucchini slaw is ready to eat. Serve it immediately or let it chill covered in the refrigerator. For a full meal, try this Asian zucchini slaw with Grilled Boneless Pork Loin Chops (recipe Here) and some cauliflower rice.

Other recipes to check out: Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw, Creamy Daikon Salad, and Creamy Loaded Cauliflower Salad.

Healthy Asian Zucchini Slaw – Easy Side Dish with Sesame and Soy

Fresh and flavorful, this Asian zucchini slaw, seasoned with sesame, soy, and ginger, is a quick and easy low calorie side dish perfect for lunch or dinner.

Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Zucchinis
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Slice the zucchini into matchsticks using a mandolin slicer or by hand. Sprinkle the cut zucchini with the salt and toss to coat.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic powder, and ground ginger. 
  3. Add the dressing and sesame seeds to the bowl with the zucchini. Mix the zucchini until it’s throughly coated. Serve immediately, or let it rest in the refrigerator. Top with more sesame seeds as desired. 

Nutrition: 

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 Cup

Amount Per Serving:  Calories: 70,  Total Fat: 4.8g, Saturated Fat: 0.8g,  Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 714mg, Carbohydrates: 5.5g, Fiber 1.7g, Sugars: 2.6g, Protein 2.5g

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