Sunday, 22 April 2012

Coleslaw for People Who Don't Like Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a perfect accompaniment to anything barbequed or grilled-- burgers, ribs, chicken, corn, potato wedges. Generally though, I find coleslaw contaminated. Whether it's with onions, too much cabbage, too much mayonnaise, or too little something; I feel like coleslaw should be good, but generally isn't. Then I discovered celeriac. 

So, how does cabbage become glorious? My recipe is basically like a celeriac remoulade with a Waldorf salad. I really think this is especially good for kids and vegetarians as there's sweetness, crunch and nuttiness. Pretty much any of the ingredients can be omitted (apart from the dressing), but together they really are insanely addictive. 

Celeriac Coleslaw Recipe:

Adjust the quantities according to what you have and like. This is what I love.

1 SMALL celeriac (the smaller they are the sweeter they are, and the smallest in the shop is enough for 6 decent portions)
About 4 cabbage leaves- savoy cabbage is my favourite.
2 celery stalks
1 apple- I'm a fan of the Pink Lady.
2 handfuls of pecans

Juice of 1 lemon/lime
1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons half fat creme fraiche/thick yogurt (I use these to cut the fat a bit, but you could use all mayonnaise)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard (Go for English mustard if you like it hot, but still in slightly smaller quantities).

1. Cut cabbage into strips. Chop celery into bite size pieces.
2. Quarter apple and slice thinly. Grate celeriac. Add lemon juice (like apples, the celeriac will discolour slightly without the acid).

 3. Spoon mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard on top and mix into the coleslaw. Add any more ingredients according to your taste.
4. Toast pecans and add to coleslaw. 

Makes 6 decent portions. The coleslaw will stay fresh in the fridge for about 2 days. I love it as leftovers in my lunch.

I'm always trying (and usually ignoring) to eat more salad and vegetables. Do you have any tasty salad/vegetable dish recommendations?


  1. YUMMY!!! it looks delicious, I'm definitely gonna try this =)

    1. It does seem slightly odd to be genuinely very excited about coleslaw, but this is delicious. I hope you have indeed or will try it. If you like it even 1/10 as much as I do, you'll love it.

  2. that looks so yumy! loving the last photo, loosk great! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

    1. There's a definite red and green Christmas salad vibe going on, but I assure you it's bright and lovely for spring too.

  3. I absolutely love celeric, and I usually hate coleslaw - so this recipe sounds amazing! Definitely going to give it a go!

  4. I made this to go as a topper on the BBQ pulled chicken I made in our crock pot today and I have to say it absolutely blows away any other coleslaw recipe i've seen! DELICIOUS! :D