Creamy Coleslaw for a Picnic

Creamy Coleslaw (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Creamy coleslaw just has to be on my picnic table. Finely shredded crisp cabbage and sweet carrots combine with unexpected cucumber, tarragon, and a dash of cinnamon for a refreshing side dish on a hot summer day, or as a remembrance of summer in the wintertime!

Creamy Coleslaw for your Picnic! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Creamy Coleslaw for your Picnic! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve this creamy coleslaw with burgers, grilled chicken and Havarti sandwiches, or even BBQ pork sliders for a fantastic weeknight meal. Be sure to use the cinnamon as it imparts a distinctive flavor to this recipe.

BBQ Pork Sliders with Creamy Coleslaw (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
BBQ Pork Sliders with Creamy Coleslaw (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Substitute purple cabbage for the green cabbage and you have a pretty purple dish!

Using purple cabbage makes a colorful coleslaw dish! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Using purple cabbage makes a colorful coleslaw dish! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Creamy Coleslaw

Ingredients:

1 small head green cabbage, finely shredded (can substitute purple cabbage)
2 large carrots, grated or shredded
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 whole scallions, thinly sliced
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 T fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/2 c sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
2 T honey
1 T red wine vinegar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Combine cabbage, carrot, cucumber, scallions, celery, parsley, and tarragon in a large non-metallic bowl.
2. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, red wine vinegar, and cinnamon.
3. Add mayonnaise mixture to vegetable slaw. Mix well to coat.
4. Refrigerate in non-metallic bowl for at least 6 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Flavors become more pronounced the longer they sit in the refrigerator.
5. To serve, season with salt and pepper, and spoon onto plates.

Serves 4 – 6 as a side dish. Be sure to serve chilled for best flavor.

Variations: Use low-fat mayo or fat-free sour cream. The substitution of Greek yogurt for the sour cream adds a nice tang. The fresh tarragon provides a distinctive flavor — if you can’t find fresh, use 1/4 t dried tarragon. If you don’t like fresh tarragon, use more parsley. You can also substitute fresh chives or fresh basil for the tarragon.

Creamy Coleslaw (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Creamy Coleslaw (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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