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African Coleslaw Salad

Prep time: 20 min Chill time: 4 hours Total time: 4 hours 20 min

This simple nouveau African coleslaw side salad is perfect for picnics or backyard braai barbecues. The word braai is a South African Afrikaans language word pronounced BRY rhyming with why.

African Coleslaw Side Salad

Braai is popular in Southern Africa especially with people who live in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Braai may have originated with the South African Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds.

An important distinction between a braai and a barbecue is that it is uncommon for a braai to use propane; braai is an open flame cooking method.

Braai has been around for centuries and has truly stood the test of time. One simple spice recipe is a basic African coleslaw side salad, enjoy this recipe next time you grill meat on an open fire.

African Coleslaw Ingredients and Directions


3 cups shredded green cabbage

1 cup shredded red cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

3 green onions, rinsed, trimmed and chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

African Coleslaw Dressing

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced young fresh ginger root

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted red palm oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar


In a large bowl mix cabbage, carrots, scallions, cilantro, salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, palm oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic until thoroughly mixed.

Pour dressing over shredded vegetables and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately or chill for several hours.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.