Extra cabbage in the garden? Try this Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn recipe for your next family get-together!

Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

Because we still have 6 gorgeous heads of purple cabbage in our garden, I can’t get enough of delicious slaw recipes, especially when combined with other garden fare foods, such as fresh corn! Yummy!

Family Talk and Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

We’re cherishing these early days of autumn, before one son heads back to college, when our family gets to enjoy supper together every evening. All of us, coming together, all adults now (our youngest is 18 next month), I really believe that we listen to each other more intently now, with respect and a deeper love toward one another. It’s a kind of love that warms a parent’s heart, that uncovers the worries, stress, anxiety that a parent often feels, that brings out the good in us. Our kids seem more appreciative these days, partly because they have not been handed everything in life. (Kids in downtown Ashland, + one extra!)

Family Talk and Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

Our kids.

Our kids say profound things that uncover the truth, that bring reality to the important things in life. For that I am grateful.

Sometimes it feels as if they teach us more than we’ve taught them, and that’s okay!

We parent, love, provide, and give them permission and examples for how to live their lives.

I do believe we are accountable for the relationships in our lives. To prioritize, love, and nuture—unmeasured love—tight, warm, safe.

A beautiful kind of love that lets our kids know they are valued, no matter what, a love that will carry them through life.

Hope for mamas.

I don’t mean to be so sappy, but for the younger mamas reading this, please have hope! Hope that what you are doing with your family–the mundane chores, the constant directing and diverting, the zillion meals you’re preparing, the bazillion socks that are missing, the exhaustion as you fall into bed at night, the hours of investing–know that I’ve been there.

And it all works together for good.

About investing.

The sports and school worries, disciplining, praying for relationships, going to bat for your children, dealing with the bullies, being disappointed in your children, being mad at your children—it’s all a part of the puzzle of who these little people become.

My husband reminds me that our hours of investment are why our kids are who they are today. We didn’t just talk about it – we actually did it.

Every day, every night—Coaching, driving, planning, arranging, talking, working through problems, listening, giving advice–giving our kids tools and grit.

And it’s paying off.

Sweet slaw with apples and corn.

Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

Back to the slaw. Add fresh corn, two kinds of cabbage, toasted sesame seeds (yum!) and whatever veggies you want to use up!

You can make it sweet, spicy – it’s crunchy, and our whole family loved it, served with this pork, and this Caprese Gnocchi Bake on the side.

What’s your favorite spin to a good slaw recipe?

Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

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Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn


  • 3 cups green cabbage
  • 2 cups red cabbage
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, grated
  • 2 carrots, grated or thinly sliced
  • 3-5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cobs corn, cooked and cut off the cob
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (optional)


  • Mix the cabbages, apple, carrots, green onion, and corn gently together.
  • In a small dish combine the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and fresh lime. Mix well; add the toasted sesame seeds and fresh ginger (option).
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Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

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