August 22, 2011

Coleslaw with Rice Vinaigrette

The term coleslaw comes from the Dutch term for cabbage salad, koolsalade. Domesticated cabbage originated as a wild mustard plant, which grew along the Mediterranean seacoast. Cabbage is a great addition to any diet because it is high in vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber, among other nutritional properties. Coleslaws have become one of the more popular salads in American cuisine, but all too often they are drenched with creamy dressings, which can detract from both the flavor of the vegetables and their general appeal. Vinaigrettes make a lovely dressing for coleslaw, as cabbage and vinegar compliment each other and the colors and flavors of the vegetables are still able to shine. Coleslaws are a delicious addition to any number menus including Mexican, Thai, Mediterranean and American. Smashed new potatoes or purple potato salad are both delicious with coleslaw.

Any variety of cabbage may be used.

1 small head cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced

1 medium carrot, trimmed and grated

¼ red bell pepper, finely diced

1 small white onion, finely diced

¼ c peas

¼ c almonds, sliced and toasted

2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

2 tsp rice vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper

1. Toss cabbage, carrot, red bell pepper, onion peas and almonds together in a medium mixing bowl.

2. In a small bowl, combine parsley, vinegar and brown sugar. Continue stirring or set aside until sugar has dissolved. Once sugar is dissolved, add olive oil and stir to combine.

3. Pour dressing over prepared vegetables and thoroughly toss to combine. Place coleslaw in fridge and marinate coleslaw at least one hour.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Serves 3-4


Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for some time and it's my first time writing a comment. I love your recipes because they are straigtforward and healthy.

Is there any reason that you use rice vinegar for the dressing?

myownprivatekitchen said...

I use rice vinegar because of its light and sweet flavor. Somehow it feels less acidic and biting than vinegars made from fruits. But really any light vinegar may be used such as white wine or apple cider.

Thank you for your comment. I hope that helps.

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