Dara shares her five favorite recipes to make the perfect coleslaw side dish!

There may not be a better side dish for your 4th of July Barbecue

Off The Menu with Dara Grumdahl
June 28, 2018 - 3:29 pm

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What are you making this weekend? Probably coleslaw!  And good news, cabbage is one of the healthiest things you can eat, full of all that cruciferous vegetable magic you also find in Brussels sprouts and broccoli, but a little easier to see next to a hot dog on July 4th. What are the best? These! 

Classic Creamy Coleslaw
For a lot of people, nothing is cole slaw except that version with Hellman’s mayonnaise. I respect that opinion. If you’re one of those Hellman’s folks, my favorite version is one from David Leite.  He uses lemon juice, vinegar, and buttermilk to make the whole thing a little lighter. 

Rozanne Gold’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw
Have you ever had blue cheese coleslaw? It’s good, it’s funkier than traditional cole slaw, and boy oh boy is it just right next to a good steak.  Most people think pork and coleslaw, but this is the steak cole slaw. 

French Grated Carrot Salad
Get a big bag of carrots, run them through a food processor, and you are ready to make a very easy and very good carrot slaw. This salad is indeed everywhere in France. I’m not sure why it’s not more popular here? Americans are always trying to make carrots sweeter, with raisins or maple syrup. I don’t think that’s necessary at all. Carrots are plenty sweet already! I stand by this controversial opinion. 

Miso Ginger Cole Slaw
I love the light flavors of that carrot-daikon pickle that perks up Vietnamese banh-mi sandwiches. And, I’m on a miso kick lately—there’s something about the meatiness, the mushroomy depths that miso lends to every recipe that I’m just loving these days.  All those strands come together in the miso ginger dressing that unites this cole slaw. Also, you can make a lazy man’s, like, a really, really lazy man’s, banh mi by throwing this into a sandwich with some leftover pulled pork. 

Alice Waters’ Coleslaw
What’s the best no-mayo coleslaw? I think it’s got to be Alice Waters'.  A good red wine vinegar, lime juice, and cilantro, maybe a jalapeno if you’re feeling it—use parsley if you’re not a cilantro person.  I like this recipe because it’s thrifty, too. A big cabbage will set you back maybe four bucks, and by the time you add the rest you’re up to maybe ten, and it will feed two dozen people—or more.  What a good way to celebrate summer!