poolside sesame slaw

I am very excited* to announce the opening day of what we call slaw season at the Smitten Kitchen. There is nothing better than a crunchy, lettuce-free, wilt-resistant salad in the summer, and I don’t just mean cabbage swimming in mayo. It could be broccoli or cauliflower, vegetables fine and pickled on sandwiches and tacos, and honestly, if it’s a vegetable, I feel confident I could slaw it, despite absolutely nobody requesting that I do.

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Last month on vacation in Florida, I ate a salad like this** by a pool (ah, vacation, I miss you so much) and while I swear on a stack of cookbooks that if I’m a guest in your home, anything you make for me is literally the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten, I’m always grateful for it and uncritiquing of it… this doesn’t apply to restaurants. I know I could do it better. So, I came home and started tinkering with a ratio (2:4:1) of cabbage to vegetables to crunchy things auditioned with three different dressings (one more of sesame-peanut sauce, one more of a nuoc cham, and one more of a ginger-scallion herby mixture) and concluded that the very best dressing for this salad already exists — the miso-sesame dressing on this Miso Sweet Potato Broccoli Bowl that I first used on the Sugar Snap Slaw in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

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From here, you can add protein, if you wish. We brushed chicken thigh cutlets with a mix of honey and dark soy sauce and grilled them, then cut them thin, but I think tofu would also be excellent here (either brushed and grilled the same, or raw, as it doesn’t need to be cooked). Like the beach bean salad, this salad has portability in mind as it will hold up for hours, and even days if you keep the dressing separate. It wants to tag along with you on the good life, lounging by a sparkling blue pool this weekend (just tell me what time to arrive) and saving you from concession stand lines — which, according to my own personal rules, are only acceptable for funnel cake.

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* Well: … I *was* excited about the opening day of slaw season, intended for yesterday. But, like millions of other parents in this country, I had to drop my 6 year-old off at elementary school yesterday and today it was any other day and not think about the knot of doom and dread in my stomach at the possibility that she would not return to me later, or my son, away on a school trip he’s been excited about for months. I cannot fathom it and I don’t want to and I shouldn’t have to, nobody should. I don’t need to tell you that we have a problem in America that’s unique to us in its frequency and in our inability to do a damned thing about it. I don’t need to tell you that it’s not okay that we’ve had more mass shootings that days in the year so far. It seems clear to me that there are plenty of sound (NYT) solutions out there. Here are a few places you can donate if you agree: Everytown for Gun Safety, Sandy Hook Promise, and many more listed in this article.

** I know this salads like this are sometimes called an Asian Chicken Salad or the like but I think it’s worth mentioning that there’s been a lot of pushback about it in the last few years (NYT, an unlocked article), as the presence of miso or ginger doesn’t make something of a 48-country continent.


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Poolside Sesame Slaw

  • Servings: 4
  • Source: Smitten Kitchen
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I wanted this salad to be as flexible as what’s in your fridge. I’ve made it with all and some of the vegetables below, but it would be unquestionably excellent with thinly-sliced raw asparagus, radishes, barely-cooked green beans, and more. For the crunch element, you could use salted cashews, sunflower seeds, or even toasted black and white sesame seeds (I’d use just a few tablespoons of seeds). For protein, we brushed 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs with a 1:1 mixture of dark soy sauce and honey, grilled them, then sliced them thin, but you could also do the same with tofu here, for an entirely vegan salad.

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive or a neutral oil
  • Salt and Sriracha to taste
  • Slaw
  • 4 cups thinly sliced mixed carrots, cucumber, celery, bell peppers, sugar snaps, and/or snow peas
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red, green, savoy, or napa cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallion (white and green parts)
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro, if you wish
  • About 1 cup Miso-Sesame Dressing (above)
  • 1 pound grilled chicken thighs, thinly sliced (optional, see Note)

Make the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and run until smooth, scraping down sides once. You can also hand-whisk the ingredients in a bowl, but be vigorous so the chunky ingredients smooth out. Taste and adjust ingredients to your preference.

Assemble the salad: Holding back a little of the peanuts, scallion, and herbs for garnish, add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss with half of the dressing, adding some or all of the remaining dressing to taste. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Sprinkle with reserved peanuts, scallions, and herbs for extra prettiness. Eat right away or bring it somewhere wonderful in a cooler and eat it in a few hours.

Do ahead: The dressing and chopped vegetables (except the cilantro, which might wilt faster), stored separately, will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.

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119 comments on poolside sesame slaw

  1. Mel

    This salad looks delicious, I too love a good slaw. And thank you for noting the sadness and violence we are experiencing as a country, and the great need to fix these issues.

    1. Stephanie

      I couldn’t agree more. I am a long time smitten follower, never posted a comment… but thank you for acknowledging the terrible reality we are experiencing and sustaining and calling for more action on gun violence. I too held my kids a bit closer and was more intentional in the moments before sending them off to school…. Your voice matters, our voice matters… thank you.

  2. Chelsea

    Thank you for this. I am a fellow slaw-lover surrounded by slaw-tolerators-at-best and am always so glad for your recipes and enthusiasm for slaw.

  3. Michelle

    I will be making this all summer. I love you and everything you have to say here. Both the recipe and words are comforting today. xoxo

  4. Kelly

    I love a good slaw recipe, and always mix up my own dressing so I can be sure it’s gluten free. I might add to your comments that perhaps one of the problems is that we advertise certain areas as gun-free zones: “We’re not protected here! C’mon in!” And of all people to leave unprotected—our children. Also, red flags everywhere when I read “X amount of people were killed by guns last year” on a link you shared. People are killed by people, and evil people will always find a way to kill if they wish. HR8 would not have stopped the Uvalde shooter. What HR8 would do is not allow me to legally use one of my dad’s rifles to deer hunt on his land without traveling to a federal gun dealer, filling out extensive paperwork, and paying fees. Since I’m not going to do something that ridiculous, I would become a criminal. This is what these not-well-thought-out laws do. They do NOT stop criminals. Doing “something” when that something accomplishes nothing is not the answer. Mixing politics in here made for a bad recipe.

    1. KK

      Kelly, first of all, don’t ever tell a blogger what they can and can’t write about. It’s their blog. Find your own corner of the internet. Second of all, let me be very very very clear that I could not care any less about your, or anybody else’s, ability to hunt when children are being gunned down in our classrooms. By GUNS. Weapons. Purchased legally.

      1. J

        You’re not willing to.. legally buy weapons? How absurd. Would hate to inconvenience you, to, you know, protect children and elderly and churchgoers. UGH.

        1. Kimber

          I love the recipe! Yes…changes must be made to protect our innocent children!! Our corrupt government spends trillions toward other countries instead of on our own American Citizens. All schools should be secure and have armed guards. If one armed guard was there at that school…that evil mentally unstable person would have been stopped immediately! Strict gun laws do NOT work. Look how well it worked for Chicago, NYC and D.C. Those cities have the highest crime rate! Criminals do NOT follow the laws. Politicians are protected by armed guards. Our President is protected by armed guards. Our banks, government buildings, the wealthy Hollywood elite all protected by armed guards. Why not the children of America???

          1. Anne

            Kimber, gun laws do work. Most of the guns in places like Chicago come from outside, from states with lax gun laws. I know I won’t change your mind with facts, but I didn’t want to leave your statement out there uncorrected. The time for common sense gun law reform is long past due. Why does an 18 year old need to be able to buy a weapon before he can buy a beer?

    2. chris

      yeah, this ain’t it. your right to play hunter does not trump other folk’s safety. seems like maybe you should find another blog to make asinine comments on.

    3. Helen

      Yes Kelly, because your gun rights, and ease of your gun licensing was the first thing everyone’s thoughts went to. This is not politics. This is the right for our children to not have to attend school each day with the very real fear of violence. I am unsure when peoples rights to bear arms superseded peoples rights to feel safe.. in a place of learning.. when they are 10.

      But go ahead and fill your boots with all that convenience you need.

    4. SDG

      You should have to jump through hoops to get a gun. It should be harder to get a gun than it is to rescue a pet from the animal shelter. It should be harder to get a gun than to get your drivers license. If you think filling out paperwork and paying fees is ridiculous, then you should assess your priorities.

      1. Kelly

        Yes, one should have to fill out paperwork and pay fees to purchase a gun. I never said that paying fees and filling out paperwork to purchase a gun is ridiculous or that it shouldn’t be required, but you all ran with that false accusation. You did not read what I said and responded to a straw man that you built, which is typical of every single response to my comment here. I made no suppositions about what was stated here on the blog, nor did I make any attacks. Further, I would not take from someone their first amendment right to say what they wish, no matter how untrue I believe it to be. This blogger has the right to say what she wishes, and I have the right to tell her that I believe some things might be best said in a different place. We can do that here in America…for now. What I did say about HR8 is that it would be ridiculous for me—a lawful gun owner with a hunter’s safety certification— to jump through all those hoops to BORROW my dad’s rifle—also a lawful gun owner— to hunt on his land. THAT is asinine and illogical. And it certainly is much harder to get a gun than a driver’s license, which of course, I think it should be. Much harder to get a gun than to rescue an animal, which of course, I believe it should be. I’m not sure what you’re reading, but the ideas you’re espousing here are patently false.

          1. Ann

            Kelly, the baiting & trolling in your initial comment, and subsequent gaslighting in your second comment, are ridiculously obvious. But go ahead and play the victim. The rest of us know who the real victims of the gun debate are. Good luck with your cognitive dissonance, wish it served the murdered children in our schools as well as it serves you.

            Sorry to be unpleasant on your blog, Deb. I have had enough of the disingenuous self-serving BS of people who think protecting children isn’t as important as owning guns. 💜

        1. Alyssa Jacobs

          Per the Dallas Morning News:”Texans have been able to carry a handgun in public without a license or training since Sept. 1, 2021, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation allowing permitless carry that he called the “biggest and best” gun law of the 2021 legislative session.”
          “The Uvalde shooter reportedly used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodbath Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. He had legally bought two such rifles just days before the attack, soon after his 18th birthday, authorities said.”

          To obtain a driver’s license in Texas:Pass a written exam
          Pass a behind-the-wheel test
          Pass a vision exam
          Provide proof of identity
          Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or residency
          Supply valid vehicle registration
          Show proof of valid and adequate auto insurance
          Submit a completed drivers license application
          Pay the drivers license fee
          Agree to submit a thumb print and have your photograph taken

          Which is more difficult? I think getting the gun.

          1. Alyssa Jacobs

            In my anger, I mistyped. Getting the gun should be more difficult, but it is NOT.
            Thanks Deb for the sentiment and the links.

        2. SDG

          Just stop. I don’t really care that an idle bill (one that isn’t harsh enough, IMO) would make your life inconvenient. Your inconvenience does not trump a child’s life. An 18 year old should never be able to get a gun and 300 rounds of ammo on his 18th birthday (a transaction which I guarantee was easier than getting his driver’s license). I’ll get out the world’s tiniest violin for your troubles. And “this blogger” is Deb and Deb has every right in the world to say that it’s terrifying that sending a child to school right now because people like you argue that guns should be available without restriction because of you can’t be inconvenienced when you want to go hunting.

        3. stephanie

          @kelly – as it has already been explained to you, your interpretation of the bill is what is “patently false.” you also now try to claim you didn’t attack anyone but you said “mixing politics in here made for a bad recipe” so, that is also false. furthermore, the notion that evil people will always find ways to do evil things is true – HOWEVER, only guns and bombs can create these situations for mass casualties, and you don’t need to learn how to build a gun, purchase the individual components, and find a ways to plant them without getting caught. if he had come in with a knife or a blunt object of some sort he probably wouldn’t have gotten very far.

          @kimber made a related statement, that criminals don’t follow laws, which is true, but you can’t compare violent crime stemming from poverty, drugs, gangs, etc to school shootings. they’re two different animals with their own causes and their own solutions. ultimately, stricter gun laws will not and cannot be the sole answer to this uniquely american problem, but they can be a good start. obviously, keeping kids under armed guard ain’t it.

        4. Stephanie

          Kelly, you should be ashamed of yourself. Read… open your mind… be willing to change and accept that enhanced gun laws will not detract from the extracurricular activities that you speak of such a hunting. Simply put … an 18 yo shouldn’t be able to access a high capacity weapon on a whim. Furthermore, most skilled hunters don’t use weapons of this nature. The violence numbers referenced in other comments as a counter here (Such as Chicago and DC) … this is a different form of violence and needs an alternate approach. But for this growing problem… mass shootings, high capacity /automated weapon use… this needs both mental health attention and gun safety interventions.
          Nonetheless, I agree with the other comments … it’s hard to persuade someone like you to be open to change. Change is hard , but our children deserve a better world.

        5. C.

          Oh please. Nobody is persecuting you. Maybe you need to re-read your own original comment. You actually did specifically refer to gun paperwork and fees as “ridiculous”. And you actually did criticize the blogger for posting her thoughts, and you also are not apparently willing to grant the privilege of first amendment free speech to anyone but yourself, including those responding here. You just don’t like the responses because they portray you as entitled and ignorant. But what else did you expect? That the world should be more alarmed over a competley imaginary scenario that centers around you being inconvenienced than we are about the ongoing reality and horror of murdered children?

    5. kim brakeley

      Thanks Deb, for your words. ALL OF THEM. I knew you would throw down, in recipe and heart. As for the words complaining about the inconvenience of having to register for a gun, and it being “ridiculous”…well, a bunch of big grown up guys with guns stood around outside that school, for 45 minutes to an hour. So much for “good guys with guns” stopping anything. This is not an NRA blog. I love the recipe, and I love Deb’s message, and if you don’t you can find another blog to hijack. At the very least, it’s rude, and incredibly tone deaf and oblivious to the deep and recurring pain this incident brings, once again.

    6. Angela

      Kelly, no one cares about your inconvenience.
      Mixing your lack of empathy in this comment section is bad for a recipe and humans.
      This is Deb’s place and she can say what she wants.

    7. Marjan

      If evil people will always find a way to kill, why are kids in European schools not routinely killed by other means then guns?

    8. Angela

      Kelly arguing that the convenience of a recreational pursuit is a worthwhile reason to allow the murder of children reveals the depth of moral bankruptcy in this country. They didn’t believe the holocaust until they showed pictures. Maybe we need to do the same thing since apparently there are some that don’t understand the gravity of the situation.

    9. Oneida

      Hi Kelly! I would like to just let you know that HR 8 would absolutely let you legally use one of your dad’s rifles to deer hunt on his land without needing to jump through those hoops. The written bill is not very long and the longest part has a subsection that describes different circumstances when a gun can be transferred (specifically states that it can be transferred between family members and also temporarily for hunting purposes). Sometimes I think we are pitted against each other in this and I don’t think we have to be. The bill looks actually pretty thought out and I have a background in reading law (currently finishing my masters in legal studies). I think we can have more gun safety and that it doesn’t have to be a divisive issue. I agree that HR8 would not have stopped this situation, because this bill is not enough. And I agree that people will always do bad things, but making it less easy for them to do so would decrease the likelihood and the probability of it happening. This bill only increases background checks, and while I think we should pass it because it is a reasonable and well-thought out bill, what we need is to make guns and ammunition less accessible through licensing and other restrictions (that I won’t go into further detail bc my comment is already so long, but can if there are questions) My husband comes from a hunting family and he explained to me that even for hunting, they don’t want high capacity firearms or tons of ammunition, nor do people who want guns for protection want that either. No, these measures would not stop someone who truly wanted to do a mass shooting to spend the time and energy to obtain what they needed to commit it, but these kind of laws would certainly make it less easy and accessible for them to do so without taking away anyone’s ability to hunt or have a gun for protection.

      1. Pamela

        Thank you. We all need to remember to read ALL of something, not just the parts that serve our own arguments.

        But I feel like we can all agree that keeping our children, our nation’s future, SAFE AND ALIVE, is a valid argument. Call your senators.

    10. Ann

      Kelly, I am heartbroken at your comment. There are 19 innocent children and two wonderful teachers that are dead. Your lack of humanity and compassion reduces me to tears. I am so sorry that your response to this terrible tragedy is to double down on the false narrative that the gun lobby puts forth. Please look in your heart and see if you can feel for these grieving families that are enduring this terrible grief. Please actually look at the bill that is proposed and see for yourself if hunting gear will be restricted. Do not believe the evil that the NRA puts forth. I pray that it will never be you that grieves for a child or loved one who is an innocent victim of gun violence. Peace and love.

    11. Sally

      Protecting school children from being murdered is more important that protecting someone’s right to kill innocent animals for sport. Schools should be gun free — there is no place for lethal weapons in a school. Any functioning democracy should be able to guarantee the safety of children going to school. That we cannot do this and that in the face of such senseless violence we cannot pass real, responsible gun control laws like every other civilised democracy on earth is a disgrace. Shameful that we want to protect our rights to hunt deer using illegal weapons over protecting the lives of children!

    12. Meg

      They actually DO stop criminals. There is plenty of facts to back this up. You just do not want to know about those facts.

  5. KK

    Thank you for saying what needs to be said. We all grieve and rage with you. This salad looks like a delicious way to nourish ourselves during this time.

      1. JFC

        Sorry, I’m the OP and I meant this to be a reply to Kelly, NOT to Deb. Rock on, Deb. (Just don’t want anyone to think there’s more than one nutjob on this thread.)

  6. Tzipi

    Truly grateful for you, your recipes, your stories and your vulnerability. I’m a long time reader and recipe tester (lol) and yours are tried and true. May you keep cooking, baking, exploring, writing and inspiring for years to come! I’ll be here for the ride!

  7. Kamian

    I don’t usually keep miso on hand. Do you have any ideas for a substitute or another dressing that would go well with this? I would love to be able to whip it up last minute!

    1. Heather Day

      Maybe a combo of almond butter and something salty like soy sauce? Of course not everyone has almond butter on hand! I was just thinking of something texturally like miso.

    2. Ann Hicks

      I recommend you get a pot of miso. Try an Asian store as it tends to be more affordable there. Since I have kept miso in my fridge I find so many usuels for it. It adds a salty umami flavor to soups or dressings. It keeps forever. If you are interested in vegetarian cooking it can add that flavor prof that you may have found in meat or animal products before. Enjoy.

      1. Heather S.

        plus miso lasts a loooooong time in the fridge! …both in the sense that a little goes a long way, and also it keeps well.

  8. Ann

    Looking forward to trying this, and grateful for your sharing the weight of this grief. In addition to donating, casting my vote against the NRA puppets is something I very much look forward to.

  9. Angela

    Thank you for the recipe and for saying what needs to be said. The idea that mothers (and fathers) across the US are not trying to balance rage and grief and terror and that it’s business as usual is denial. Just donated again to both those organizations and would add in the podcast We can do hard things which interviews the woman who started Moms Demand Action and which balances the ‘rage in our souls’ with concrete action.

  10. Mickey

    Finally, a delicious salad that will work perfectly. And I have all of the ingredients.

    When I was in elementary school, we had “nuclear bomb” drills. I often wondered how my generation grew up, made goals, lived our lives, with this threat hanging over head. Somehow, we had a normal childhood. As will your child, just a new generation of threats to deal with.

  11. amanda

    Deb – I love your honesty and realness and just … you. Everything down to the linked article about how it really isn’t appropriate to use broad strokes and call this an “Asian salad.”

    It’s such a damn hard time to be the adult-in-charge for tiny humans. Or have a uterus. Or care about people who have either of those things.

    Thank you for creating a space where you share beautiful recipes and food, and yet also inject your humanity.

    I adore you. Thanks for sharing brightness in a hard time. ((hugs)) to you and your tiny humans. Maybe they can help make this world a better place?!

    And I just want to say that I APPRECIATE that you share your feelings on hard topics. There are likely to be trolls here who disagree with me. I want to speak a little more loudly than them and tell you that I appreciate you.

  12. Marcie

    Thank you for being a light in these days of heaviness Deb. Dropping off our children at school and childcare has been tough this week and too many times before this. As Coach Kerr said – ENOUGH! Will it be enough to make real change happen, we will see. I am so happy and privileged to be able to celebrate summer and feed my family with your recipes.

  13. Thank you for this and all your other delicious offerings. My heart goes out to all of those traumatized children whose lives have been forever altered and all those heartbroken parents keeping with grief. Your words are 100% on point Deb.

  14. Emily

    This was delicious! Even though the chicken tip was a one-liner, it was the perfect topper (I air fried at 380 for 10 mins). I would definitely recommend chopping it smaller than I did (more like the pictures) because it was a little challenging to eat with big impatient pieces.

    Thank you for speaking out about the tragedy. Our hearts are with you.

  15. Emily

    Can’t wait to make this – the miso sweet potato broccoli bowl is one of my favorites! And thank you for sharing your fears and anger with us. Right there with you ❤️

  16. Camille

    You’re right, you’re right, you’re right… we have had our heads in the sand on this one for far, far too long.

    On the topic of food though: what is the best way to thinly-slice so many various veggies? A food processor with shredding blade? A mandoline? This is a gorgeous salad that I very much want to make, but the thought of slicing so many veggies might discourage me from finding the time!

  17. Becki

    I made this tonight with a lot of vegetable substitutions (I had a head of cabbage languishing in the refer drawer, a few carrot sticks and some celery. A yellow onion. Edamame in the freezer. Roasted peanuts and pumpkin seeds). In my kitchen, shredded cabbage = slaw, so I took some liberties with the recipe.

    But I had EVERYTHING for the dressing, and it is incredible. I love a crunchy slaw, and this dressing turned my vegetable almost-has beens into dinner. So good!! Thank you!

  18. Erin

    Deb, so grateful that you acknowledged the present unfathomable awfulness, love your comments & thoughtfulness about labeling something “Asian,” and the photo of your grilled chicken made me drool.

  19. Helen Anderson-Clark

    Deb, I absolutely love how you write of both luxury and misery in a way that gives us all permission to do the same. I appreciate your fierce advocacy and am here for it. Keep doing the good work.

  20. Lillie Jones

    Super psyched to try this, maybe with some extra firm tofu (maybe even raw tofu since I’m lazy). And so very grateful for you using your platform to talk about Uvalde, safety, our children, and gun violence – it’s all connected. WE are all connected. Thank you.

  21. Gayle Johansen

    Deb, thank you for saying with such great power and clarity precisely what we’re all feeling. We MUST act! We MUST vote! The blessed memory of the slaughtered babies deserve no less.

  22. Karen Lauterwasser

    I am a big fan of slaws of almost all sorts. Regular leafy things just don’t do it for me. My favorite is one with a lime juice based dressing ( No cilantro for me, and I’ve changed the veggies around to use what I have (learned that from Deb!). Chopped sugar snaps are a favorite addition. Oh, and I sometimes use half bottled lime juice, when squeezing enough limes for a large batch is just too daunting. This ages very gracefully, and even the dressing/veggie juice at the bottom of the bowl after a few days tastes good.

    Thanks, Deb, for encouraging this slaw obsession!

  23. PGB66

    The dressing is delicious as a stand alone on any salad but I had to significantly increase the amount of olive oil (approx 1/4 cup) to thin it out.

  24. DJ

    Made the dressing to top our farro/roasted veggie/tofu bowls last night and it was the bomb. Seriously. Don’t think I will ever use another dressing recipe for a grain bowl again. Fabulous! I love a good slaw, so looking forward to trying it on that, as well. Thanks Deb!

  25. Madz

    I have always loved your writing Deb and your words today reinforced the sentiment.

    I don’t live in the US, but have lots of family there. When I read the news, a new kind of fear gripped my heart….fear for the lives of my nieces and nephews who live there and who I fear will never be completely safe. We in the rest of the world have watched this happen again and again and cannot fathom how nothing seems to change. Politicians defend guns over innocent children and continue to get away with it…and I despair that it will never change.

    I cannot imagine how hard it is to explain such things to children and yet find the courage to send them to school everyday. I grieve with you all….and I pray for the safety of all our children and for those little ones gone too soon.

  26. Melanie

    Deb, thank you so much for the thoughtful comments on, well, everything. I am crap at communicating using the written word, so I am very grateful for people like you that can express complicated ideas so well. In these oh-so troubling times, it helps me so much to connect and realize that I am not always alone in my feelings- AND love for cake!!!
    I hope you and your family stay happy and healthy.

  27. Sarah

    Did you know that in order to drive my car I had to travel to a state DMV location, pay all sorts of fees to get it titled, pass a test to show that I knew how to operate it safely, have an eye exam, and pay more fees to get my licence and plates?! How ridiculous! So I decided just to drive unlicensed and unregistered and with no plates, obviously. And would you believe, they labeled me a criminal?! There is truly no justice or liberty in this country these days.

  28. Sarah

    Related: did you know that recreational hunters don’t even want to use the kind of guns or ammo this guy bought legally because it’s too imprecise ans IT DOES TOO MUCH DAMAGE TO THE DEER. Let that sink in. I’ll add that I lived for many years in Israel, where the government has made a concerted effort to keep guns out of unregistered hands. So, terrorists turned to knives because people are going to do evil things. And guess what MANY FEWER PEOPLE DIED. Because a guy with a knife is a hell of a lot slower and way easier to stop.

  29. Susan

    Deb—thank you so much for your honesty on this topic. Truly appreciate your openness!!

    Regarding the recipe, I am so excited to try this, because your slaws are the best (Your broccoli slaw is on constant rotation here.) But—I’m allergic to miso :( What would you suggest as a substitute? Thanks!

  30. Mickey

    I made this tonight, no tahini, so I used peanut butter. It turned out great. I added a bit more ginger and a small container of mandarin oranges plus sesame seeds on top. I had “Bare Chicken Nuggets” which worked out perfectly fine.

  31. Molly

    This was deeeelicious! Served it with pan fried tofu, marinated in soy & honey. Used cabbage, carrots, celery, asparagus, and cauliflower for veggies. Subbed PB for tahini but only used half the amount to not overpower. Great summer staple!

  32. Marsha Gibbons

    Kelly, you have to be some kind of weird convoluted troll. Your comments are so stupid and tone deaf that they cannot be real. If paperwork and fees are ridicuclous in order to purchase a gun, then no wonder we live in a land where tragedy strikes our most innocent on a regular basis. On the off chance you are a real person who actually holds these views, in the words of my pastor, BASTA!!! Time is up. Wake up America. Take this very statement and put it on a billboard next to the precious faces of the dead children. Ridiculous.

  33. Slaw is one of my all-time favorite foods. I love the crunch of the cabbage, the tang of the vinegar, and the sweetness of the dressing. Unfortunately, I am often the only person in my family who feels this way. PS I never thought about having peanuts in my slaw and i LOVED IT. Thank you

  34. Deb, I’ve been reading your blog and trying [some] of your recipes for years. If you would only stay within your metier…But no, you decided to weer towards politics on a slightest of pretexts – and to lefty politics at that.
    Thank you, Kelly, for one voice of Reason in this ridiculous thread of REgressives.

    Deb you’re out of my blogroll.

    1. Kimberly

      ETAT – interesting post. If you’ve been a follower for years and appreciate Deb for her blog, but only if she “stays within… meter” what does that say about you? You say her post was made at the “slightest of pretexts” and is “lefty politics”? Really? how do you know? did you ask any questions? Seek to learn more about her perspective?

      No you didn’t. You went ahead and quit. That’s the easy way out. Cancel culture. You don’t like it, so you won’t even pretend to think about it.

      I’m sorry that your life was interrupted by the inconvenience of a kind, caring and influential woman voicing an opinion about an actual tragedy that occurred this week. I’m sorry for you. and for all of us.

      1. ETat

        Kimberly: It is “metier”, not “meter”. Google is your friend.
        What it says about me is written in my comment, clearly and openly. How do I know if Deb’s politics are lefty? Again, it is clear from the opinion she expressed: it is following NYT talking points and puts the blame squarely at guns and gun rights: which is against the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution, which is, in turn, is a goal of the Left for at least 3 decades.
        Cancel culture is not what you pretend it is; again: Google is your friend. I am not “cancelling’ Deb and her blog – but you try to ‘cancel’ me and mine by hypocritically being “sorry” for me. I am alive and kicking, Kimberly, and plan to continue for a long time, however much grief it brings you.

        My “life was interrupted?” “It’s an easy way out”? I “don’t pretend to think about it”?
        What a bunch of strawman tangents, completely irrelevant. Or is it that you’re incensed but don’t know how to express yourself? Maybe you should go take English correspondence courses.

        1. SDG

          An unhinged 18 year old is not a “well regulated militia,” so please stop with all of your 2nd Amendment nonsense. We all know that the Founding Fathers were thinking of muskets, not AR-15s nor the idea that a child could purchase hundreds or rounds of ammo on a credit plan. 2A wasn’t written so that some incel could shoot his grandmother in the face and then saunter down to the elementary school to murder a bunch of children. If the cops were too scared to intervene because they know how much damage an AR-15 can do, then maybe that type of weaponry should be banned. You can froth your mouth at all of the Leftists of the world but maybe you should take a step back and consider why on earth any citizen needs that type of weaponry and what that says about their own mental state. In the meantime, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    2. kim brakeley

      Deb is a Mother of young children. In NYC. She has extremely good reasons for her words, and this is HER BLOG. Free Speech and all that, ya know? 27 school shootings this year so far. 19 children, 16 injured, and 2 devoted teachers dead 4 days ago. The worst since Sandy Hook. In addition to 10 black people in Buffalo. Slightest of pretexts? I would say, for the best of reasons, Deb is not just a brilliant cook, innovator, and communicator, she is also well positioned and entirely qualified to state her opinions on things. Just like anyone else with a popular much beloved blog. I bet there is a cooking blog made just for you. I’ll be buying extra copies of her books as gifts to all my friends who have or love children, or both. This is about CHILDREN. And the teachers who already sacrifice so much to care for them.

      1. ETat

        Why is it that lefties always presume something completely false about their opponents? How do you know I am NOT a mother of young children and NOT live in NYC,? I am all these things, and much more: I am better positioned to judge political situation in the country, and particularly in New York.
        As to free speech: that’s exactly what I and Kelly and others opposing such as you and Debra are exercising. Funny, how you, lefty scam, immediately scream : this is HER BLOG! – as if anybody prohibits Debra her opinions. She has a right to express anything – and so are we : but there are consequences to every action. She wants to turn to politics instead of writing a culinary blog – fine, then sh should be prepared part of her audience will leave. And do not silently.
        The worst possible thing you and others like you can do for the CHILDREN is to leave their safety at the hands of the police – as we already seen, it took the cops a whole hour before they entered the school, and even after that they only rushed to save their own kids and those they knew personally. While a real hero is a guy who disregarded the direct order and acted out of common sense. Luckily, he was armed. Unluckily for the 21 killed and numerous wounded, the school was a “gun-free zone” – otherwise the intruder would be incapacitated before he even entered the school.

        1. Emma

          Etat, it seems to me you need a quick review of both the first and second amendments.

          The first amendment protects freedom of expression in public spaces. The comment section on Deb’s blog is not a public space. With very few limits (as explained in my notes at the end of the comment), she can say whatever she wants on her blog. As well as this, she can moderate the comment section as she sees fit – if she would like to, she has every right to remove your comment. As a matter of fact, she has every right to remove any comment that she would like. This applies to pretty much all websites with comment sections, because, again, they are not public spaces.

          As for the second amendment, here it is: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

          Notice this: the second amendment does not say “the government may not place any limits on which weapons can be privately owned.” It also mentions a “well-regulated Militia,” which I don’t think you are a part of. As well as this, I’d like to point out that the purpose of the aforementioned militia is to ensure “the security of a free State.” Nothing in the second amendment implies that the government must let everyone own weapons, nor does it say that people should have access to whichever weapons they like.

          There you go.

          A few notes: the first amendment does not protect all speech. For example, it does not protect speech that incites “imminent lawless action,” nor does it protect speech that threatens someone’s safety (it is not legal to make a serious threat, such as a threat of murder or other bodily harm). I graduated high school in 2020. I have not experienced a school shooting, but I have experienced the fear that comes with hearing about them and wondering if my school is next. I have heard my teachers tell their students that if a shooting happens, we must leave anyone who is injured behind. I have been evacuated from school due to a bomb threat. I have been told that my parents must pick me up because there has been a mass shooting in the area and the suspect is at large.

          If you think that guns don’t cause fear, you are mistaken. If you think you have the right to own a semiautomatic weapon, you might, unfortunately, be correct, but it’s not because of the second amendment.

          I doubt that this comment will make you think about your position. I hope you read the whole thing. And if you don’t, or if you don’t care what I have to say, then just know that there is a heartbroken 20-year-old on the other side of your computer screen. I am grieving for children I did not know, as are millions of Americans.

      2. ETat

        Why did you see fit to inform me you’ll be buying Deb’s books? Why would I care? Or you think this is is somehow a daring action, a “bravery in the face of adversity”? I say – you’re a miser : why only few “extra copies”? Why not all of them – that would’ve for sure showed me!

        Other irrelevancies: why would you bring up Buffalo shooting – if, according to you,”this is about CHILDREN”! – and what’s more, why would you bring up race (“black people”)? Following an agenda, huh?

        Oh my, what a foolish and transparent people you lefties are.

  35. Jane

    Made this last night, and the meditative chopping and recipe-following was a therapeutic break after a heartbreaking week. Thank you for speaking out, and thank you for this wonderful recipe that fed my family and soothed my mind last night. Absolutely delicious.

  36. k. walker

    Deb, I thought your new cookbook had a carrot tart on the cover. Below is another cover, looks like pesto pasta. What gives?

    I admire you in so many ways. Keep on doing exactly what you’re doing now!

    1. Louella

      Hi K. Walker. That beautiful carrot tart is on the cover of her newest, not-yet-published cookbook. I think it’s coming out in the Fall, but I also think yesterday was February, so my sense of time is not to be trusted.

  37. David K

    Showed up the recipes, came out of years of quiet lurking to comment on the asterisks….

    We may disagree on some food choices, Deb, but I’m glad to line up being you on the politics and the way of the world.

    Although all that does right now is just make me want to stomp around and be pissed at everything. Thank whatever God I don’t have kids; I can’t imagine how you all feel.

    Maybe we all DO need a slaw as a distraction…

  38. Terri

    Thank you so much for your willingness to share your feelings on this horrific matter in so public a forum. Many would not have. I agree.
    Thank you also for the delicious recipe for poolside slaw. Always on the lookout for foods that won’t wilt or spoil during the hot summer months. Can’t wait to try this – I’m sure it will be very well received!

  39. Clare

    I made this tonight with napa cabbage from my garden and I did include the grilled chicken. I didn’t have scallions, so I left them out. It was beyond delicious! Thanks, Deb, for everything.

  40. Lily

    I don’t have anything to say that wasn’t more eloquently said in this comment session, but I really do appreciate you for using your platform to speak out about this issue.

    I am not a parent, but I remember distinctly the day Sandy Hook shooting occurred. I was a middle schooler, and remembered feeling so guilty and strange for eating chocolate in math class while 26 small children and teachers were murdered. I was a senior during Parkland, and attended the National School Walkout to demand action. A few years prior, I accidentally called my mom and hanged up on her while waiting for the bus. People were very loud and energetic and my mom was frantic because she thought something horrible had happened.

    1. Janet A

      Deb, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for saying what needed to be said, knowing full well that a handful of trolls would chime in to object “how dare you talk about anything but recipes,” when our schools, grocery stores, and churches have become killing fields.

      Your writing and your recipes have brightened my life, especially in the past two years, when warmth and brightness were often hard to come by. I also appreciate your maintaining the comments section as an online community, again, knowing full well that a few boors would show up to pee in the punchbowl from time to time.

      Thank you for all that you give us.

  41. I am eating this right now and I am already looking forward to lunches of it all week. I didn’t have any miso so I left it out and (though I’m sure it would be even more toothsome including it) it doesn’t seem to suffer for the lack. I also thinned the dressing out a little with some water.

  42. Susanne Klawetter

    Long time reader and appreciator of your recipes, which have fed my family and helped us celebrate all manner of milestones. Not a commenter, I don’t think anyway. Thank you for your words and please, please, please don’t remove them in response to a few misguided, misinformed, and hard-hearted readers. I will be making this all summer long. And when I do, I think I’ll include a small donation to one of these organizations or send a note to my Congress people as a small token of resistance. Sincerely, a fellow broken-hearted mother.

  43. Jackie

    Thank you for this delicious looking recipe Deb. I’ll be shopping for the ingredients tomorrow & will give a review.

    I also want to thank you for your thoughtful writing, on this topic and many others you’ve touched on. I live in Canada, & while we certainly have our problems, we don’t have the same gun culture as our neighbours to the South. I can’t imagine living where people can obtain guns easily. Why are they needed?