Buttermilk Slaw

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I abhor traditional cole slaw. I know that’s strong words for a simple shredded salad, but supermarket delis have really spoiled traditional cole slaw for me. It always tastes the same – too creamy, heavy and, well, just like a big tub of mayonnaise with a few, sparse veggies.

Today, I prepped burgers for some friends and wanted a nice seasonal accompaniment. The big head of cabbage stared me down. I was tempted to retreat but decided to give my own slaw a whirl. The food processor helped me shred up the cabbage, carrots and turnip (so yummy raw!) I added in some manually sliced celery and parsley, and then set forth on the dressing.

Every slaw needs mayo, just not so much that you’re bathing in it. I whisked together 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of mayo, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1 tablespoon of honey, a nice dose of salt and a hefty pile of freshly-ground black pepper. (Black pepper and buttermilk just go well together.) After a quick toss with the greens, my version of cole slaw was ready to share the plate with some gooey cheeseburgers.

Everyone loved the slaw, and I now have a go-to recipe for all my summer cook-outs. I always love a happy ending.

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  • that sounds absolutely wonderful… brilliant, even.
    i'm so making this!

  • I, too, dislike traditional slaw. Even homemade. I like a good vinegar slaw though like curtido from Mexico. Yours sounds worth a try as well. I do make a slaw I call Mardi Gras Slaw because it has the colors of Mardi Gras in that I use purple cabbage, golden raisins and diced jalapeno and dress it with balsamic vinaigrette.

  • I've never been a fan of traditional cole slaw. But this sounds delicious! Leave it you, Ms. Maggie, to come up with a yummy recipe for a dish so drab!

  • I truly think buttermilk makes everything better. I made some buttermilk berry cakes yesterday and OH MY GOD, I will never be w/o the stuff from now on.

  • I've never been a fan of traditional cole slaw. But this sounds delicious! Leave it you, Ms. Maggie, to come up with a yummy recipe for a dish so drab!

  • I truly think buttermilk makes everything better. I made some buttermilk berry cakes yesterday and OH MY GOD, I will never be w/o the stuff from now on.

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