In the kitchen

Green bean, cabbage slaw with a smokey barbecue sauce

A wonderfully crunchy slaw with a rich, smokey barbecue dressing. The perfect summer barbecue side.

I love a summer barbeque. The smell of the the hot coals smoking whilst herbs and lemon zest fly about the kitchen to make quick dressings and marinades. Living in England my barbecues are often rather spontaneous. A peep of sun and there’s a mad search for Pimms and deck chairs. I love being challenged by what I’ve got in the fridge to make something delicious. And it was on one of those sudden sunny days that this slaw came about.  It’s now become a firm favorite and despite being full of incredibly humble ingredients it has a wickedly rich and naughty taste. I love to serve the slaw as a starter too, dressing it up in individual cabbage boats and a sprinkle of my Chilli Smoke Superseeds.


4 as a side


15 mins




  • 120g beans, blanched and cooled
  • 100g finely chopped white cabbage
 for the dressing 
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chilli Smoke Superseeds to serve (optional)
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Step 1

Chop the ends off your beans and wash them.

Step 2

Next finely slice your cabbage.

Step 3

Place your cabbage into a medium sized bowl and allow the beans to drain in the colander.

Step 4

Next get on with the dressing. First place your almond butter into a small bowl.

Step 5

Followed by your sesame oil, olive oil and cider vinegar. Give it a little stir.

Step 6

Then add your smoked paprika

Step 7

and the juice of half a lemon.

Step 8

You should be left with a thick and shiny dressing. Give it a taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Step 9

Add your beans to the cabbage

Step 10

Pour the dressing into the bowl and mix.

Step 11

I find is easiest to use my hands for this and get nice and messy.

Step 12

Transfer to a clean bowl or for a fun starter I like to serve mine in little cabbage boats and top it with my Chilli Smoke Superseeds.

Step 13

Making the cabbage boats is super easy. I find the best way to do it is to work from the bottom of the cabbage and cut through the leaf from that end with a sharp knife.

Step 14

Then slowly tease the leaf from the cabbage.

Step 15

Of course you don’t have to serve it this way but I do find it rather fun.

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