I was in a restaurant with my sister and son waiting for our plane to leave. She ordered a french dip sandwich which came with a side of slaw. She ranted about how much she loves coleslaw and wishes she had a good recipe. I usually pass it up.

Come to find out – LOTS of people like Coleslaw – go figure.

I told my sister I could experiment and create a few recipes. SO, I did. I created three: Creamy Coleslaw, Asian Coleslaw and vinaigrette Coleslaw. Both the Asian and vinaigrette are great for outdoor barbecues as they are not mayo based, which can spoil in the sun. You can still make a mayo based slaw and bring it to an outdoor picnic or barbecue, just keep it out of the direct sun, covered and if possible on a tray of ice to keep it cold.

The other good thing, the dressings can be used on any Salad, not just coleslaw (cabbage). The Creamy dressing can double as a veggie dip.

On to the SLAW:

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Trio of Coleslaw: Asian, Creamy and Vinagrette

CREAMY COLESLAW

Dressing:

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 tsp shallot, minced

1 cup mayo (regular or light)

1 tsp cider vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp horseradish

1 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp celery salt

Salad:

1.5 cups shredded carrots

3 cups green cabbage, shredded

1 cup Napa (or savour) cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup onion, minced

1/2 red/yellow/orange pepper, Julienned

(toss in some diced hot peppers to give it a little kick)

  1. Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl. Taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients Toss to mix it all up.
  3. Add in the dressing and stir to evenly distribute the dressing with the salad ingredients.
  4. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour or over night. Stir well before serving.

ASIAN COLESLAW

Dressing:

1.5 TBS sesame oil (you can use HOT sesame oil to spice it up a bit)

2 TBS Rice WIne / Rice Cooking Wine

2 TBS Rice Vinegar

3 TBS Soy Sauce (you can use low sodium)

1/2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

2 TBS ginger, minced

1 TBS garlic, minced

1 TBS shallots, minced

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp wasabi paste

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Salad:

1.5 cups shredded carrots

1/2 head of red cabbage, shredded

3 cups Napa cabbage, shredded (can substitute with saviour cabbage)

5 stalks of scallions, sliced on a diagonal

2 cups bean sprouts

1.5 peppers (mix it up with red, orange, yellow), Julienned

1/2 small zucchini, Julienned

1/2 small yellow squash, Julienned

  1. In a bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients, and whisk real good. It is best to let this sit for 1 – 2 hours before using it.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and toss to mix.
  3. Toss the salad with the dressing, refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, or over night. Stir well before serving.

VINAIGRETTE COLESLAW

Dressing:

2 TBS Red Wine or Sherry Vinegar

3 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 TBS garlic, minced

1 TBS shallot, minced

1/2 tsp dried thyme OR 1 tsp fresh thyme

1/2 tsp dried oregano OR 1 tsp fresh oregano

1/2 tsp dried Parsley OR 1 tsp fresh parsley

1 TBS Dijon mustard

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 – 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1.5 tsp celery salt

3 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tsp ground black pepper

Salad:

4 cups shredded cabbage (equal parts mix of choice red, green and Napa)

1.5 cups shredded carrots

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

3 stalks of scallions, sliced on the diagonal

1.5 cups of peppers, Julienned (mix of your choice, green, red, yellow, orange)

1/2 small zucchini, Julienned

  1. In a bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients, and whisk real good. It is best to let this sit for 1 – 2 hours before using it.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss to mix.
  3. Toss the salad with the dressing, refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, or over night. Stir well before serving.

Easy – and makes a great side to share. Instead of making your own dressings – save some time and use your favorite dressing from the store. And as an added bonus, most stores sell coleslaw salad mixes so you can even save time slicing and dicing!

Have a great summer full of barbecues and get-togethers!

About culinaryease

I am a single mother who loves cooking and providing tips, techniques, to get everyone out of the takeout lane and into the kitchen.

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