I abhor traditional cole slaw. I know that’s strong words for a simple shredded salad, but supermarket delis have really spoiled traditional cole slaw for me. It always tastes the same – too creamy, heavy and, well, just like a big tub of mayonnaise with a few, sparse veggies.
Today, I prepped burgers for some friends and wanted a nice seasonal accompaniment. The big head of cabbage stared me down. I was tempted to retreat but decided to give my own slaw a whirl. The food processor helped me shred up the cabbage, carrots and turnip (so yummy raw!) I added in some manually sliced celery and parsley, and then set forth on the dressing.
Every slaw needs mayo, just not so much that you’re bathing in it. I whisked together 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of mayo, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1 tablespoon of honey, a nice dose of salt and a hefty pile of freshly-ground black pepper. (Black pepper and buttermilk just go well together.) After a quick toss with the greens, my version of cole slaw was ready to share the plate with some gooey cheeseburgers.
Everyone loved the slaw, and I now have a go-to recipe for all my summer cook-outs. I always love a happy ending.