I Hate Coleslaw

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sarahsunshine's picture
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I Hate Coleslaw

When I think of coleslaw, I think of mushy soggy cabbage that has been drowning in died green mayonnaise, and likely will stay that way longer than I live. It tastes and feels like sugary rubber worms. YECHK!

But a few years ago I had some coleslaw with a vinaigrette dressing. That, and it was made with fresh crunchy cabbage – a mixture of green and red. It looked great, and tasted great!

However, I’ve still avoided it, mostly, sceptical that anything with the name of coleslaw generally emits radiation.

DSS insisted on buying coleslaw at the grocery store the other day. Both DH and I cringed. As I stood there in the kitchen looking at the bag of fresh cabbage I remembered that one time, that time that coleslaw was delicious, and I decided to see if I could do the same.


Here you go:

- about 2 tbsp lemon juice
- about 2 tbs honey
- dried cranberries
- about ½ cup crushed/diced fresh pineapple
- a liberal amount (closed fist?) of sliced almonds
- a large heaping spoonful of plain yogurt

Mix it all together, and pour it on some FRESH, COLOURFUL, and CRUNCHY cabbage! Can you believe that we had all those ingredients in the cupboard?

I was delicious. Sweet, sour, crunchy, fruity...

Ivy ate more than DSS… DH loved it (he hates coleslaw too). We had no leftovers at all! but then he tends to like super processed foods and likely his idea of GOOD coleslaw is my idea of, well, something I wouldn’t feed the dog!

I’m glad Ivy appreciated good, fresh veggies!

kirsteng's picture
Joined: 10/19/02
Posts: 644

Sounds great, I'll have to give that one a try! I personally love coleslaw in all it's forms (even KFC's... I know, I know...) and we make it often in the summer. I don't buy it premade though, just make my own dressing with light hellman's, a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and some brown sugar until it's sour/sweet. We eat it within the first minutes so it's never that weepy kind - I hate that too.

I also make an asian one that you might like - no mayo. Just rice wine vinegar, sugar to taste, and a few drops of sesame oil. I add a few strips of very fine red bell pepper to add that extra asian look. Wink

Joined: 06/10/07
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Yum! I'll have to try that recipe, Sarah - TFS!

gardenbug's picture
Joined: 03/12/07
Posts: 2025

OK, I love this. I use "broccoli slaw" from a package. I LOVE sesame oil in things! This recipe makes WAY too much sauce, so only add what you like. I used a whole mango and a whole avocado. Add what you like!
One of the nice things about this recipe is that there are no set rules. Add a little more of one thing, less of another. Barbecued pork can be substituted for the shrimp, use cashews instead of peanuts, add pineapple instead of mango.

Asian Shrimp and Mango Slaw

4-6 cups shredded cabbage
1-2 carrots, julienned or grated
6 radishes, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (I used cashews which were on hand)
1 pound shrimp,cooked (or pork or chicken)
1/2 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 avocado, diced

Asian Vinaigrette Dressing
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
juice of l lime
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoon sesame oil or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 cup olive oil (or less!)

Combine all ingredients except oil. Slowly whisk in oil.

kirsteng's picture
Joined: 10/19/02
Posts: 644

Yuuuum Marie, that sounds like something RIGHT up my alley! I'm going to give that one a go on the weekend!