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Feed Your Face: My Labor Day Coleslaw Recipe

By Dr Jessica Wu

What are your plans for the Labor Day weekend? This year, I’ll be spending it with friends near the beach. My contribution is going to be this tangy, tasty Asian coleslaw, from a family recipe. It goes great with anything grilled, and it's lighter than the typical coleslaw -- so it’s good for your figure as well as your skin. (Cabbage is high in vitamin C, and the sesame seeds are high in zinc, copper, and magnesium, all of which are essential for collagen production.) Here’s my recipe:

1 medium head of cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup julienned or coarsely grated carrots
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil (find these last two ingredients in the Asian food aisle of grocery stores)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp each of toasted black and white sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

To toast sesame seeds, spread them in a shallow frying pan (no oil needed) and shake the pan over low heat until the seeds are lightly browned. Let cool before using.

Whisk together vinegar, sesame and olive oils, honey, and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Mix cabbage and carrots in a large bowl and add contents of small bowl, tossing well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 8–10

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