Fresh ingredients for Nuoc Cham slaw in a glass bowl

Asian Slaw with Nuoc Cham Dressing

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Asian-Fusion


Tangy, sweet and spicy, this Asian Slaw with Nuoc Cham Dressing is perfect as a side dish or on top of any protein like fish, burgers, or chicken!



For the Slaw:

  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup shredded napa cabbage
  • ½ cup pickled red onions
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced
  • ½ cup matchstick carrots
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro

For the Nuoc Cham:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Pinch Kosher salt


To make the Nuoc Cham: In a medium glass mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together and taste for seasoning (more salt). Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. (This also makes a great dipping sauce for so many Asian dishes!)

To make the Slaw: In a large mixing bowl, toss together the shredded cabbages, pickled onions, sliced jalapeños, carrots and cilantro. Toss thoroughly with the Nuoc Cham dressing. Top with roasted peanuts if desired.


  • You can buy pre-shredded veggies for the quickest preparation. There are often a variety of cabbages in one bag, plus shredded carrots. Make it easy on yourself!
  • Sometimes I like to throw roasted peanuts on top of this slaw for more texture. I have some family members with peanut allergies so I don’t always add them!
  • Nuoc Cham also makes a great dipping sauce! This magic sauce goes great with seafood, but also with steak, spring rolls, Asian salads, you name it!

Keywords: Asian slaw, healthy slaw, slaw, nuoc cham