Coleslaw

Perfect, creamy, crunchy side salad

What is your all time favourite side salad? ​And why?

I am not one of those who hate salads and think they all taste the same. I actually really like eating salad and all kinds of salads. I think you can make them in so many different ways, add some meat, fish or even fruit or berries and it will always be different.​ That is also why you can find quite a collection of very different salads on my website. If you are more into the healthier salads, then have a look here, or if you believe that salad doesn't always have to be something healthy, then have a look here.

I believe coleslaw is more common in the US and it is only slowly starting to become a trend here in Europe. We do have stores selling it as well as you can find it on the menues of some restaurants. However, when I think about family dinner parties and similar occasions, then coleslaw is very rarely served. I think this is a shame as it is such a great salad, packed with vitamins and what makes it even better is that it is so easy to make and doesn't require many ingredients. Also I think it is a great winter salad, when there are no season fresh produce available and the tomatoes and cucumbers don't taste like anything as they get such a minimal amount of sunlight, that is when coleslaw is great as it always tastes delicious. 

The key to making a delicious coleslaw, in my opinion, is using a very sharp knife for slicing the cabbage. ​I personally prefer the cabbage slices very thin which means they will still be crunchy, but they will also release more juices and will be much more of an enjoyment to eat than if you have big chunks of cabbage in the salad. Also the same applies to the carrots that you want to grate on a very fine grater and the onion, which you want to dice really finely. 

As I am not a big fan of mayonnaise salads, because I think they taste really vinegary and the maynnaise kind of blinds all the other tastes, I prefer to make my own dressing. I still do like the taste that the mayonnaise gives so I usually use one tablespoon of mayonnaise and then mix it with greek yogurt (I always have some in my fridge) or with some sour cream. This way it is more lighter and also the mayonnaise doesn't overpower all of the other flavours of the salad. However, like I mentioned in the video tutorial to this recipe, you should always make a recipe the way you like it. So if you like it with mayonnaise then just use that or if you want to leave it completely out, then just substitute that one tablespoon also with greek yogurt or sour cream.

I know I will be making my coleslaw throughout the winter season to go as a side to any meals with meat and fish and also to eat it just like that. I hope my coleslaw will ​also find its way to your lunch and dinner tables and will become a regular guest :)

Enjoy!

Step by Step Video

RECIPE

Coleslaw

Perfect, creamy, crunchy side salad

​INGREDIENTS

  • about 500g white cabbage

  • 2-3 medium carrots

  • 1 small white onion

 

  • 1tbsp mayonnaise

  • 2tbsp greek yogurt/sour cream

  • 1tsp salt

  • ½tsp ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by washing the cabbage and removing any bad leaves from the top. I used a half of a small cabbage (500g).

  2. Remove the hard part at the bottom and cut through to wherever it reaches to.

  3. If you have a half of a cabbage, you want to half it one more time and then start slicing it very finely with a sharp knife. If the half is still big and it is hard for you to slice it finely, you can half it one more time to make it easier for you to slice.

  4. Take a big bowl and add all of the cabbage into it. Work through the cabbage with your hands for a little so that it softens a little and starts to release juices. (See video) Do this only shortly as you want the cabbage to stay crunchy.

  5. Peel and grate the carrots on a fine grater. If you don't like a lot of carrot in your coleslaw just use two.

  6. Peel and finely dice the onion.

  7. Add both the carrots and the onion to the bowl with the cabbage. Add the mayonnaise, greek yogurt and season with salt and pepper.

  8. Mix the salad well so that it is covered with the dressing and the seasoning. Make a taste test and add more mayonnaise/greek yogurt or seasoning if you think it needs some more.

  9. Enjoy freshly made.

 

 

TIP. If you want to prep the salad beforehand you can, just don't add the dressing in until serving.

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