Japanese Coleslaw with Sesame Seed Dressing

Japanese creamy coleslaw with a sweet sesame seed dressing. Great as a starter with miso soup, before sushi, or as a side. Just like at a Japanese restaurant. Sprinkle some toasted white or black sesame seeds on top before serving. You can eat it right away, but it does taste so much better the next day when the flavors meld and the veggies soften a bit from the vinegar. It will last for a week in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings



  • 3 tablespoons white rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise (such as Kewpie®)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil

  • 1 tablespoon tahini

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste


  • 1 daikon radish, peeled and grated

  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated


  1. Whisk white rice vinegar, brown rice vinegar, Japanese mayonnaise, honey, oil, tahini, ginger, sesame oil, and sea salt together in a bowl to make dressing.

  2. Combine daikon radish, green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrot in a large bowl; mix with your hands until evenly distributed. Pour dressing on top and mix to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and chill before serving.

Cook's Notes:

If you can't find brown rice vinegar, double the amount of white rice vinegar.

Substitute another type of mayonnaise for the Japanese one if desired.

Substitute rapeseed oil for the sunflower oil if desired.

Use 2 tablespoons finely ground toasted sesame seeds instead of the tahini if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
9g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 37mg 187%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 292mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.