This coleslaw is quite classic. As in, that the classic, using green cabbage, shredded carrots, and dressing. If you’re searching for a good, reliable coleslaw that promises to play nice with the hamburgers and hotdogs in your next backyard party, then it is.
Turning Cabbage to Coleslaw
This diner-style coleslaw is the epitome of what a fantastic slaw ought to be: green cabbage, a few carrots, and also a great dressing. It is nothing flashy, but that is as it ought to be. The slaw is your back-up dancer to flashy grill amounts. Its cool creaminess, crispy texture, and sweet taste balances from the richness of grilled and smoked meats.
This said I am not opposed to the occasional riff. Throw in some purple or red cabbage along with the green — which blend of colors is so quite pretty about the plate. I have been known to throw some chopped celery stalks or any bell peppers in the marketplace. Anything fresh and crunchy will just create the coleslaw better.
Selecting Your Dressing: Three Classics
There are 3 distinct coleslaw dressings which appear over and over from the classic American Idol:
- Buttermilk dressing: Makes a milder, tarter dressing table.
- Sour cream dressing: Makes for a rich and tasty dressing table.
All three are generally cut with some vinegar — white wine vinegar or cider vinegar is good — combined with a little salt and sugar.
I am a buttermilk woman, personally, however, I admire other coleslaw options. I also admire the accession of additional yummy items — a spoonful of mustard, a scatter of berry seeds, a little grated onion. Sure! Start with just one of those 3 dressings as a foundation and dress it up however you’d like.
Newly-made coleslaw has been during its crunchiest, creamiest best if consumed on the day it is made. The longer it sits on a picnic table or in the fridge overnight, the liquid is discharged from the shredded cabbage, which may make the salad too moist and soggy.
If you are expecting to create the slaw per day or two beforehand, I would suggest prepping the carrots and cabbage, then saving them undressed, in a container in the refrigerator until you want them. The dressing may be reached in a mason jar or other container that was small; once you are ready to build the salad, simply to shake the jar up and pour.
There is another option, also: salting the cabbage. This seems counterintuitive since salting the cabbage makes it wilt, so that requires some hope. After squeezed of mixed and liquid together with the carrots along with the dressing table, the feel of this cabbage is in fact rather crunchy, along with the salad will keep for many days.
Serving and Keeping Coleslaw
Give the coleslaw about an hour or so to cool in the refrigerator before you serve it. This provides the flavors time to mingle and relax into each other. For this extra small kiss of coleslaw goodness, save just a bit of this dressing and then drizzle it on the slaw before serving.