Friday, February 17, 2012

Dirt to Table Experience: Fresh Cabbage Slaw "Coleslaw"

You are thinking seriously?  Really?  She is sharing a basic coleslaw recipe with us today?  Yes, I am sharing a basic, but fabulous coleslaw recipe with you today.  Why is it fabulous?  It's fabulous because the colorful cabbage and carrots were taken directly from the dirt to my table.  The flavors are crisp and fresh tasting.  The colors pop with the combination of red and green cabbages, with carrots.

I typically think about preparing coleslaw in the summer months to serve alongside barbecue or my contribution at a potluck gathering.  What I don't think about is that the main ingredients in coleslaw are not summer produce, they are fall/winter harvests.  So why do I eat coleslaw in the summer but rarely in the winter?

I could not quite define why we call a salad of shredded cabbages and carrots "coleslaw" what I learned is that, "cole" is a rarely used English word "for the plants of the cabbage" used in the late 18th century. Very interesting.

Gardening or purchasing seasonal vegetables makes you think about your food in a new way.  From now on, I may stick to serving coleslaw in the cooler months, and stick to summer vegetables to fill my barbecues and potluck side dishes in the warmer months.



 Fresh Cabbage Slaw 
Serves 6-8



Ingredients:
8 cups chopped cabbage (mix of green and red)
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1-1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:
Chop cabbage and carrots. 

In a salad bowl, combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon juice.  Beat until smooth.  Add the cabbage and carrots.  Mix well.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy!
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44 comments:

Claudia said...

Of course it's fabulous Velva. It hasn't been sitting in a truck for a week. And it looks as fresh as it sounds.

Marina said...

I love anything cabbage (check out my blog for a picture to smile about), and this one is just delicious! I love the dressing recipe, it's different from what I have, and it's lighter too. Mmmm, cabbage... Thank you, Velva, for sharing!

Sue/the view from great island said...

This makes complete sense, thanks for reminding me! I just yesterday shredded and fried Brussels Sprouts for a recipe and they were fantastic! I'm all for these 'basic recipes, they are usually the best!

Pam said...

You are so right!!

Michelle said...

A wonderful, basic recipe! Love this!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

A delicious looking slaw. It looks so good, and so fresh!

That Girl said...

We had homemade cole slaw with dinner last night! It's such a great summer recipe for winter!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We love cole slaw at our house and can eat it during any season and for any reason. Love all of the pretty colors Velva.
Sam

Know Thyself True said...

Yum, Yum! I love cole slaw.

Lori said...

I love coleslaw! Honestly I crave it as a side all the time and I love all different kinds. It can be such a beautiful dish as you've shown here.

Big Dude said...

Your slaw looks delicious and I'm always on the hunt for that perfect dressing recipe - the one that just suits my taste. Isn't it amazing how much better picked and ate today tastes? Maybe this is why farmers markets are once again becoming popular.

the food dude said...

Awesome colors, the coleslaw looks delicious!

Pierce said...

That's just the way I love slaw...finely chopped and with buttermilk. Nice!

Lazaro Cooks said...

Cole slaw perfection. Less is always more. Good job.

Free Spirit Eater said...

I love that you called it, dirt to table lol Gorgeous photos by the way, love your site! =]

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

There is always room in my recipe box for a new coleslaw recipe. This coleslaw is gorgeous. I will be making this the next time I make my pulled pork.

nanny said...

All the ingredients I love in slaw! Looks delicious!

Federica said...

Che bella e fresca insalata. Mi piacciono molto i cavoli e quella salsina di condimento sembra davvero gustosa. Piacere di consocerti e grazie della visita. A presto, buona domenica

tasteofbeirut said...

We've been getting huge cabbage from our garden and I miss coleslaw! Thanks for a great starting recipe I may have to adjust a bit since I cant really get buttermilk here.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I didn't know the origin of the word "cole." Looks like you are getting amazing results from your garden!

Chris said...

What kind of freak eats slaw in the winter?

What? My last post? Oh....never mind, carry on;)

teresa said...

i LOVE homemade coleslaw! i could eat the whole bowl, what a refreshing winter treat!

Abbey said...

It's always so interesting to me learning of other people's slaw recipes. I've grown up in North Carolina and have eaten it so many different ways, but my family always did a sweet- vinegar and celery seed slaw (minus the mayo, believe it or not!), which is totally not traditionally southern! This looks and sounds great!

Just Cake Girl said...

It looks so amazing and bright!! :) I love it! :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

We eat coleslaw in the winter here as agree it is lovely to use produce fresh from the garden.
Apologies for not calling by to comment very often, time just seems to get swallowed up by real life at present!

Erica said...

Coleslaw is one my favorite salads!!!That looks amazing,Velva!

Erica said...

Coleslaw is one my favorite salads!!!That looks amazing,Velva!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

that has to be the best looking coleslaw I have ever seen!

Judy said...

Coleslaw is a great side dish for chili, pulled pork, fried chicken and so many dishes. Your photo is very inviting.

Katerina said...

So lucky to have fresh produce to your table! Looks so fresh and appetizing!

Barbara said...

This is a wonderful basic recipe, Velva, with the difference being the cabbage had NOT been sitting in a grocery store for a week!

Susan Fields said...

Oh, does that look good! I'm sure it tastes fabulous!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I love cole slaw. BUT, there's good slaw and bad slaw. Your dressing is similar to mine...gotta have that right balance of sweet, tart and creamy. The fact that this is from dirt to table makes it even more special. Now, you have me craving this.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I've been looking for a good slaw recipe! Your's looks fantastic, and I'll bet it tastes delicious! Thanks for sharing!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I would enjoy this with any meal!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love this fresh slaw! Healthy and delicious!

BF said...

That looks incredibly good. I used to hate slaw, but have grown to like it. Maybe I will have to try this one for myself!

Carole said...

Good post. You might be interested in a spicy and cruncy cole slaw I made http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/spicy-crunchy-coleslaw.html

LaDivaCucina said...

Ahhhhh....so THAT's what the buttermilk was for! Hey I LOVE a really good and simple slaw. Seems so easy and yet, so many mess it up...too much sugar, too much mayo, ingredients too old! WELL DONE! Your slaw is very similar to mine and how fresh and crunchy it must be coming right from your garden, Velva! I'm up too with my cabbage entry with a traditional Polish dish from my family.

http://ladivacucina.blogspot.com/2012/02/battle-cabbage-with-la-diva-cucina.html

Good luck!

LaDivaCucina said...

PS: Your slaw looks really light and not overly dressed too. Looks like you can actually taste the veggies!

Jen said...

This is incredibly beautiful and colorful! I bet it would be so awesome for a barbeque! (I'm clearly loving this early spring weather)

eatdrinkandbemarried said...

I'm not typically a fan of coleslaw, but that picture may change my mind!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Yeah, so happy to have you - and this lovely dish - as part of the Culinary Smackdown, Velva!

Magic of Spice said...

It is odd that we consider this a summer dish when the produce is a winter seasonal. Gorgeous slaw...so fresh and vibrant!

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