I love a good coleslaw, don't you?
Too bad they're so hard to find. Most are overdressed, sickly sweet and consist of just shredded green cabbage with maybe one or two carrots thrown in for color if you're lucky….ugh.
A shame really, because a good slaw is the perfect summer side dish. Crunchy and fresh with raw vegetable goodness and lightly dressed with a tart-sweet dressing, a good slaw is great with anything coming off the grill. Rather than the traditional (and in my opinion, rather boring) straight up cabbage slaw, I like to make mine with a broccoli slaw mix that not only adds some dark green veggie nutrition to the mix, but texturally is head (get it, broccoli comes in heads) and shoulders above just having plain old cabbage.
At BJ's the other day I picked up a honkin' bag of "Green Giant" broccoli slaw mix to which I added the raw florets from a separate head of broccoli, a few Craisins for chew and sweetness, a couple handfuls of chopped walnuts just because, and a lightly sweetened dressing (made lighter and tangier by using a combo of sour cream and mayo and not just plain mayo as most recipes call for). I served this lovely bejeweled salad up alongside some pulled chicken sandwiches and there was much rejoicing. Huzzah!
Cheers – Steve
- 4 cups broccoli slaw mix
- florets from 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup Craisins or raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Place the last 5 ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.