How To: Healthy Sides – Sugar Snap Pea Slaw with Sesame Miso Dressing

Sugar Snap Pea Slaw

You know those foods that you just can’t stop eating.

No matter how full you may be, there is some pull that keeps your hand from reaching in the bag or your spoon from dipping into the bowl.

I promise you that this salad will make your fork continue to scrape your plate.



The sugar snap peas may be deliciously sweet and the radishes so crunchy, but it’s the salty and savoury sesame-miso dressing that will keep you coming back for more, and more, and more….you get the picture.



Even more so than a bag of peanut butter popcorn, salt and vinegar potato chips, or tub of ice cream (not that I would know anything about that)!

Yes, this salad is EVEN more addictive than all of the usual suspects.


Sure, I could be telling you how it is loaded with fiber and fresh vegetables – a perfect summer side dish. Or I could tell you that the sesame seeds, sesame oil, and tahini add a triple does of healthy fats. But really, all you need to know is this dressing is out of this world, mouth-watering good.

So just go, make this salad, pour on the dressing, and dig in again, and again, and again…



Snap Pea Slaw with Sesame-Miso Dressing

Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Salad, Side Dish
From book Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perlman


  • 1 Pound snap peas (thinly sliced on a bias)
  • 1/2 head red cabbage (shredded)
  • 5 radishes (quartered and thinly sliced)
  • 4 green onions (chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)

sesame-miso dressing

  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger (minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp yellow or brown miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil


This savoury miso dressing makes this salad absolutely addictive! But if you find you have a bit too much dressing, it would also be delicious as a dip for veggies or a marinade/sauce for chicken or fish.


sesame-miso dressing
1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together snap peas, radishes, onions, and cabbage. Add sesame seeds and toss to combine.
3. Add dressing and toss to coat.


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