Toasted Sesame Blue Cheese Coleslaw

This is a fun twist on the traditional sweet and tangy coleslaw, using sesame oil and soy sauce stirred into your favorite blue cheese dressing. We love yogurt-blue cheese instead of the more typical mayonnaise-based dressing, but pick your favorite homemade or packaged blue cheese and add a dash of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil for an Asian flair. Not only is this slaw colorful, but it’s delicious and pairs so well with tacos, burgers, spicy wings, teriyaki, or barbecue. Toasted slivered almonds and toasted sesame seeds add the perfect crunchy accents.

We like to mix the red and green cabbage, but you can use just one or the other, along with the carrots, if you prefer! There is no exact measurement for how much of the blue cheese dressing to add, so I’d start with about 1/2 cup and add more to get to the consistency and taste you like. Also, if you really love the blue cheese flavor, add extra blue cheese crumbles when you toss it and you’ll have an intensely blue cheese experience! And, this veers way off the vegetarian diet, but a little crumbled bacon is … well, fabulous!

Toasted Sesame Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Homemade toasted sesame yogurt-based blue cheese dressing tossed with red and green cabbage, shredded carrots and garnished with toasted slivered almonds and cilantro leaves
Prep Time 25 minutes


Toasted Sesame Blue Cheese Coleslaw

  • 1 small head green cabbage, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 small head red cabbage, shredded or finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded or grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup  blue cheese dressing (add the following three ingredients or use our recipe below)
  • +2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • +2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • +1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

Toasted Sesame Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing (Yields 1 1/4 cups dressing)

  • 5 ounces crumbled blue cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt


Toasted Sesame Blue Cheese Coleslaw

  • Place cabbage and carrots in a salad bowl.
  • Toss with olive oil and rice vinegar.
  • Mix blue cheese dressing with sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar, and then mix into cabbage mixture until cabbage is well coated.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Top with blue cheese crumbles, toasted slivered almonds, toasted sesame seeds, and maybe even some crumbled bacon.

Toasted Sesame Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

  • In a small bowl, mash blue cheese until fairly smooth using a fork.
  • Stir in rice wine vinegar, olive and sesame oil, and white pepper.
  • Blend until well integrated.
  • Add yogurt and mix well. This makes a very thick dressing.
  • Add more olive oil or yogurt as desired to arrive at the dressing consistency you enjoy. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
Author: Suz
Course: Main Course, Salad
Keyword: bluecheese coleslaw, coleslaw

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