For most of my life, I was not particularly keen on coleslaw. That was only because as a kiddo, I ate a lot of shop-bought coleslaw, and I began to loathe the site of it. But when you taste homemade coleslaw, it’s a different experience. I started making coleslaw a couple of years ago when I realized my food processor could make easy work of the vegetable preparation.
When I saw Margot’s pulled pork sandwiches post, it reminded me that I had these photographs in my drafts folder and it seemed like a fitting addition for our 2020 SUMMER PICNIC.
There are two elements to a good coleslaw, the vegetables and the dressing. These are the main ingredients that go into my home made coleslaw:
- One white cabbage
- One onion – finely chopped
- Two carrots
- Three sticks of celery (Jack says it looks like there are only two in the picture but I promise you there are three)
- 60 g Sultanas
- Salt and Pepper
- 90ml Mayonnaise
The first step is tackling that cabbage. I cut it into quarters lengthwise and then removed the core.
Then I set up my food processor with the slicer. I love that in seconds the cabbage is slashed to fine ribbons. I finely chopped the onion, but to be honest, I probably should have added that to the food processor as well!
I put the shredded cabbage and chopped onion in a bowl with plenty of salt and pepper.
The second important part of a coleslaw is the dressing, and here are the ingredients I use:
- 6 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp honey
- Salt and Pepper
After mixing the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing I pour it over the cabbage and onion and mix thoroughly. Then I put it into the fridge and allow it to marinate overnight (at least eight hours).
The following day, I slice the celery finely and grate the carrots before adding them to the marinated cabbage, along with the sultanas and the mayonnaise. After another good mix I put the coleslaw back into the fridge for a good hour before serving.
Coleslaw never seemed very special to me, but now I have requests to take a bowl of my homemade coleslaw along to barbeques and garden parties. It’s a winner! It goes together with all sorts of al fresco dishes.
I have had to reshuffle the scheduling for posts to be published so many times this weekend But I wanted this post to follow Margot’s so much, so that we could continue the Grease theme…with “We Go Together“!