Monday, November 22, 2010

Balsamic Coleslaw

On Wednesday, Food Floozie posted a picture of Tom's coleslaw in balsamic vinaigrette. Unfortunately, wordless Wednesday means no recipe, so I was out of luck.

It only took a day for me to make my way to the grocery store, pick up some shredded cabbage and get to work. My big fear was that I'd screw it up. I sometimes have a problem working with balsamic. Meredith frequently (in the nicest way possible) tells me that the dressings are too strong.

Fortunately, I had a good recipe to work from that's served me well for years. I was able to make a few tweaks and my new balsamic coleslaw (my new favourite, by the way) turned out nice and tasty.

Balsamic Coleslaw
  • 1 14 oz bag of shredded cabbage and carrots (I'm lazy)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic mustard (or 1 tbsp dijon mustard)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. Stuff shredded cabbage into a jar.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients into a small pot, stir and heat until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour into jar, shake well and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
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  1. I am not much for coleslaw, but your dressing portion looks like it would be great on tossed greens, with a sliced green apple mixed in. Thanks Dan.

  2. I've never seen balsamic mustard before...that sounds awesome! This sounds like a great combo...and I like my coleslaw...piled on a pulled pork bbq sammie...mmmmm!

  3. Yum! I love coleslaw but don't often think to make it. The balsamic variation sounds delish....with a nice strong dressing :) Why add the calories if you're not going to get the kick?

  4. @Michele: yeah, I'm not a big fan of mayo-based slaws. Maybe because my parents fed me the fluorescent green KFC slaw when I was a kid. I'm fairly certain that was mostly sugar, mayo and food colouring.

  5. I love a good balsamic dressing, but never thought to use it on coleslaw before. I often use white balsamic when I'm making a salad to accompany something that I don't want the dressing to overpower (such as fish), or when I don't want the dressing to change the look and colour of my salad.
    Sue :-)

  6. That sounds perfect! And it looks really good, too. I'm just as lazy -- Tom did all the shredding of the vegetables when he prepared the slaw, but I would've just bought a package on sale and dumped it into a bowl ... :)

  7. I lov discovering new ways to use balsamic vinegar. Thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  8. I am glad you linked this to MMM because it gives me another cole slaw recipe, cone that really interests ne. I have not used balsamic with cole slaw but why not? Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Funny thing is, balsamic is my favourite vinegar and the thought of adding it to coleslaw never occurred to me until I saw the post from Mary.

  10. It's so nice to see a slaw recipe with no mayo. I really like cabbage, but put the traditional cole slaw dressing on it and I tend to run in the other direction. This salad sounds good.

  11. Anything with balsamic is right up my street! This sounds delish!!

  12. Thanks so much for including this cole slaw in our Get Grillin’ event – it looks awesome!

  13. Hey - this does look amazing, and is one of the most unique recips in the Get Grillin' event. I noticed that you are supposed to reference the event in your post (just a gentle reminder because this sounds original and yummy enough that you could win!). :)


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