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Thanks to the red curry paste this salad has quite a bit of spice kick to it mellowed out by the creamy cashews and almond oil in the dressing. Exactly what I needed after spending the drizzly and cold weekend hosting a garage sale. Check the ingredients label on your red curry paste if you want to make it vegan and shellfish-free. 

Tempeh, Avocado and Red Cabbage Slaw

I’ve been coming to this realisation for some time now… We don’t need all the stuff we are told we need. I’ve been reading a lot lately on the whole re-using movement and I am absolutely amazed by the sheer volume of waste that can be saved by sharing, selling and re-using everything from old technology to clothes, household stuff and more.  The way I look at it, life well lived is not measured by the amount of stuff we have but by the quality of the human connections we make and uphold.

And so, I spent the entire drizzly-weathered weekend hosting a garage sale… selling some things, giving others away for free. I loved the fact that one of the neighbours who got a pair of free shoes turned up the next day wearing said shoes and said they were really comfortable for his walking. That to me was a perfect example of a human connection and stuff that I didn’t need making someone else happy.

Despite the weather, the turn out and sales were better than I expected, probably thanks to some Facebook advertising in the days prior, but I’ve found that after the initial rush of customers first thing on Saturday morning, I ended up greeting one, at most two folks every hour, and many were just there to browse.

Tempeh, Avocado and Red Cabbage Slaw

On Sunday I rugged up in my uggs and knee-length duck down jacket because I was freezing my butt off but somehow I actually made it to the finish line with a few more sales and a good banter with all the neighbours and blow-ins who saw my signs and thought they’d pop in.

I was quite happy with the result and with the fact that many of items I previously loved have found a new home instead of being tossed. The rest will go to charity or I might try giving a few things away on the Buy Swap Sell groups on Facebook. Ah, the power of social media. Love it.

About the salad… it’s full of bold flavours and a little spice kick from the red curry paste. You might call it a superfood salad – there is so much goodness in it. It keeps for a couple of days in the fridge so you can take leftovers for lunch. If there are any. 

Tempeh, Avocado and Red Cabbage Slaw
Tempeh, Avocado and Red Cabbage Slaw
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Tempeh, Avocado and Red Cabbage Slaw

Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 200 g tempeh
  • 1 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/4 head cabbage
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 bunch bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 sprig spring onion
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Cut tempeh into bite-sized chunks, place in a bowl and mix with the red curry paste. Shred cabbage, peel and dice the avocado then drizzle it with 1 teaspoon apple cider to prevent it from going brown.
  • In a small frying pan, dry toast the cashews over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, tossing often. Finely chop the coriander and spring onion.
  • Mix the remaining apple cider vinegar, almond oil and sesame seeds together to make a dressing. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. Allow the salad to sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving.
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Linda Abell November 11, 2017 at 8:31 am

Love these recipes. It would be nice to include the calories, saturated fat, sugar, protein, and serving size. You can be over-weight and have high cholesterol even if you eat healthy. I found that watching these 5 things has been a perfect solution for me. Thank you for these recipes.

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook November 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Thanks for your feedback Linda. I will look into the option of including it in the recipes – having said that I do often provide options for different dietary needs so the information would be hard to showcase because it would largely depend on the ingredients used.

Leo December 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

I like this slaw, colorful and healthy. For the extra kick, I cut small chili’s in there instead of the red curry paste (I can eat really spicy food).

@Linda. The main fat content in this slaw is from the avocado, and that is mainly monosaturated fat.

Sheila December 31, 2017 at 3:26 am

This is indeed a superfood salad and I loved it. It is so delicious. Not to mention the red cabbage looks really pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Shelley January 12, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Delicious! I love all of the colours in this salad. Red Cabbage is a favourite of mine for a slaw, but I will have to try it with tempeh next time!!

Hannah July 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Oh boy! I made this tonight for tea and it was delicious. We both loved it and I’ll be making it again very soon. Thank you! 😊

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 27, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Thank you Hannah! Glad you liked it!

Hannah March 9, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Your recipe is still going strong in this household. Yummy every time!


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