Summertime always calls for easy to make-ahead side dishes and toppings that you can keep on hand in the refrigerator for an impromptu get-together or picnic. For this reason we have created a whole host of pasta salads, potato salads, and other easy tossed side dishes able to be served hot, cold, or room temperature. One of my current favorites is coleslaw.
Coleslaw is a great choice because cabbage is a nutritious, fibrous food that’s readily available and affordable nearly all the time, and there are so many ways to dress it up. You can add shredded broccoli or other veggies, make it sweet, creamy, tangy, or spicy. In this recipe there’s a little bit of it all for a complex but versatile flavor.
- 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 2 large carrots, shredded
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Spices to taste
- Optional: 2 tbsp raisins or dried cranberries, 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
Step 1: Cut or shred your cabbage, carrots & celery.
Step 2: In a bowl, combine all liquid ingredients & spices. Mix into the slaw.
Step 3: For a sweet & crunchy taste, mix in raisins or dried cranberries & some sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds, crushed almonds, or pistachios).
Serve on top of your favorite burger, or on its own as a delicious refreshing summer side.