In the South, cole slaw rules. It’s at every potluck, family gathering, cookout, and fish fry. But at my house, the guys like cole slaw that is fresh and crunchy….. NOT cole slaw made with mayo. No offense to mayo, but sometimes you just need a fresh lift.
This is one of those times.
So I created several versions of our family favorite. And this version is fresh, nutty, and savory sweet. We usually pair it with grilled chicken, pork or fish. But it’s also awesome alongside sandwiches or burgers.
This recipe was actually inspired by my 20-something year-old son who says cooking should to be quick and create less mess. But, of course, without giving away the nutrition. Huuum. …. a tall order to be sure, but I think we’ve found a few quick dishes that work for this single guy who basically cooks for one.
The trick to quick cole slaw that is packed with flavor and nutrition, but not calories, is in the dressing.
Yep, this recipe removes the fat and calorie-laden mayo and replaces it with fruit, nuts, and a lite poppy seed dressing.
Note the quantities in this recipe are for a single serving.
To make more, simply multiply the quantities listed by the number of desired servings.
- 1/4 naval orange, diced
- 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cabbage with carrots (from a preshredded bag)
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
- 1/8 cup walnuts, diced
- 2 tablespoonfuls lite poppy seed dressing (my favorite is Ken's)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss.
- Cover and chill in the frig for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve chilled.
- Because of the poppy seed dressing, this is a sweet slaw. If you prefer more tartness, add some diced Granny Smith apple or some dried cranberries.
- This slaw is excellent with fish or chicken. To save time, rotisserie chicken from the deli is suggested.
I look forward to hearing how you like this new twist on cole slaw. And I’d also love to hear some of your favorite ingredients. Maybe we can pull a quick-fix recipe using your favs, too. I’d surely be pleased to give it a go.
In the meantime, remember sharing is caring. Thanks so much!