2 new takes on cole slaw for the summer!
Honestly, sometimes I think I’m the only one in my family that eats this stuff, but I DO enjoy a nice crunchy coleslaw next to a hot, juicy hamburger at a family cook out! There’s lots of recipes out there for this dish, including the KFC Copycat Coleslaw that Candy posted awhile back, but these are my most-favorite 2, generously shared by my great friend, Ginny! And scroll down to the bottom for a simple tip to give your slaw a little twist next time…
- When it’s really hot outside and you know you won’t have access to ice or refrigeration, you might want to try this version. There is NO mayo in this baby, which, I know, may slightly offend some die-hard slaw chefs… But I’ve been making this one almost exclusively since I got the recipe; trust me, if you like cole slaw, you NEED to try this at least once 🙂
Skip the Mayo!
12 oz cabbage and carrots (you can use the bagged stuff in the produce dept)
1 small onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped (you can use yellow, red or orange for added color)
1/4 c sugar
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 t mustard
1/4 t salt & celery seed
1/8 t pepper
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute. Pour over cabbage mixture and mix. Chill for at least 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!
- This next recipe is a brand new one for me, and I didn’t think I’d like it at first, to be honest. I dunno, but even tho I LOVE craisins, the idea of them in my cole slaw was, well, let’s just say I wasn’t quite “feelin’ it”! But one bite and I was hooked! The color and combination of sweet and crunchy (and I had it with a pulled pork sandwich on the side…) just put me over the top into “cook out heaven”… This one does have mayo, tho, so of course use caution if you’re taking this somewhere where it’ll be out in the heat for an extended period of time.
Fruity and Festive
1 package shredded cabbage
1 apple, diced
1/4 c sugar
3 t white vinegar
1 c raisins (or you can use craisins or your favorite dried fruit)
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 c mayo
Mix all ingredients well. Will keep 2-3 days in the fridge, if it stays around that long!
- And, as promised, here’s a little something to change up your coleslaw if you’re feeling ambitious: try using shredded broccoli! Of course, this won’t work for those of you with an aversion to those “little green trees” (as my kids called them when they were younger…), but my family LOVES broccoli, and if yours does, too, you’ll find this trick a real treat! Also, here’s some practical tips on keeping your food cold – and safe – when you’re serving food and eating outside this summer.
I have also combined these 2 by adding the craisins and crushed pineapple to the “Skip the Mayo!” version. May I say “Yum-MEE?!” I’m a little crazy that way…
May you have a wonderful summer creating fun and tasty memories as a family!
Please feel free to share any tips and tricks to make summer yummy in the comments below…thanks!