I have been trying for years to make coleslaw like my grandma, and I just couldn't quite get it to taste like I remember. And then I figured out why: I was buying pre-shredded cabbage. I know it sounds strange, but as soon as I started shredding the cabbage, it only took about 3 tries before I had it exactly the way I remembered. If you don't believe me that this makes a difference, then buy a bag of shredded cabbage and then shred your own. You will be amazed. My grandma was so awesome. The best cook in the world. If I can be half the cook she was, I would consider it a huge accomplishment. Here is this easy side dish. I did change it slightly by adding the purple cabbage, which my grandma didn't, but the taste is still spot on. Just so you are aware, this is a sweet slaw. If you don't think you like sweet slaw's, I would still give it one try. Here's how I did it:
2 cups shredded organic green cabbage
1 cup shredded organic purple cabbage
1/2 cup shredded organic carrot
1/4 tsp organic pepper
1/4 cup Hellman's Mayo*
1 1/2 tbsp organic sugar
Directions: Add the cabbage and carrot to a large bowl and mix to combine. Sprinkle the pepper on top and add the mayo and sugar. Mix well to combine and cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
*I have a confession; I actually don't like mayonnaise. Having said that, it is an essential ingredient in things like this coleslaw, some potato salads, chicken, tuna, or egg salad. I use Hellman's brand because I am too much of a chicken to experiment with other mayos for fear it will change the flavor of the food. By no means, am I paid by Hellman's for saying I like their mayo because I don't really know what it tastes like by itself. Take away point: use what you like. I write these recipes using the ingredients I used to make them. The same applies for the organic ingredients. USE WHAT YOU LIKE, HAVE, OR CAN AFFORD.
Tip: You might notice I didn't add salt to this. That's because salt will overpower the sweetness, believe me I tried. If you want to add a pinch of salt, I won't be mad at ya, but do yourself a favor, and don't add it at the beginning. Salt will draw extra moisture out of the cabbage, not giving the mayo a chance to do it's job.
Pictured above, I served this with some breaded fish and mac n cheese. Coleslaw is extremely versatile. Some meal ideas, serve this as a side to hamburgers, hot dogs, bbque chicken, or even pulled bbque sandwiches (whether chicken or pork). Or better yet, serve on top of the sandwiches... LOVE that!!! Coleslaw goes well as a side dish for regular sandwiches, like ham or turkey. I'm from the south, the most favorite way to serve this: next to some Fried Chicken or butter beans, pot of greens, and cornbread. Now that's how we get down!!