Rosemary Coleslaw

by Shawnda on April 11, 2007

in Salads,Veggies & Starches

Rosemary Coleslaw

Tangy and creamy, nothing screams warm weather like homemade coleslaw. Along with potato salad and baked beans, it forms the Summer Trinity present at any respectable picnic, barbecue, or get-together.

When my sister is visiting from northeast Texas, we always bring dinner in from a local fried chicken restaurant – their coleslaw is her favorite dish. I was quite fond of it growing up, but as I got older, that coleslaw got sweeter and sweeter. It lost its tanginess and other subtle flavors to the increasing sweetness. Now, I cannot handle more than a small bite or two but my sister – she can still polish off a container alone if you let her.

For me, a good bite of coleslaw must have a good bit of bite-back. The vegetables must be only slightly wilted and there shouldn’t be too much dressing – coleslaw wasn’t made to drown in a puddle of milk and mayo.

Rosemary Coleslaw
4 cups cabbage, sliced/shredded thinly
3/4 cup carrots, matchsticked
1/2 cup mayo
Sugar (to taste)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/8 tsp celery seed (optional; after running out, I’ve never replaced it so I no longer add it)
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 small clove garlic, minced
dash of cayenne pepper

Add mayo, cider vinegar, celery seed, rosemary, garlic and a dash of red pepper to a mason jar, screw lid securely onto the jar and shake until well blended (if you don’t have a jar, whisk the ingredients in a bowl, but be sure to cover it in the fridge). Add sugar to taste. Let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. Pour half the dressing over cabbage and carrots in a medium sized bowl, toss with tongs, cover and let the coleslaw sit for 30 minutes tossing once or twice to redistribute the dressing. Toss once more before serving – add additional dressing if desired. Leftover dressing will keep over a week in the fridge.

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride
Serves 4

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julia April 12, 2007 at 7:48 am

I’ve been looking for a great potato salad and baked bean recipe before summer gets here, I’m anxious to see what you do with the rest of the summer trinity! ;)

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2 Kitty April 12, 2007 at 9:39 am

Good coleslaw is heaven, but bad coleslaw is the worst. I like mine very crisp with purple cabbage. Your dressing sounds perfect…I am going to try it when it’s picnic season (right now it’s 45 degrees and pouring rain in NYC.)

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3 Terry B April 12, 2007 at 2:20 pm

This sounds amazing. Of course, anything with rosemary in it already has a head start in my book. And the garlic and cayenne certainly elevate this from everyday coleslaw. Beautiful photography too.

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4 Chris April 12, 2007 at 6:41 pm

This looks great! I am with you on the dressing. A little goes a very long way. I hate when it looks like chunky soup. :)

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5 Freya April 13, 2007 at 4:39 am

I love Coleslaw and this is a genius way of serving it! Also, your Strawberries Romanov are to die for!

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6 Kristen April 13, 2007 at 9:41 am

That is such a fantastic coleslaw recipe. So different…I bet it is delicious!

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