There's a slaw for every season, at least that is what I say.
Slaw is lovely, crisp, fresh, a nice side or a great crunchy side dish or tucked into a sandwich. The bounty of harvest is upon us – round fresh cabbages, crisp new crop apples, etc. We think of things sweet and spicy to go along with the cool weather and the scent of falling leaves.
This autumn slaw is the perfect balance of all things autumn. It combines all the elements you crave in a fall dish and keeps beautifully for mid week snacking. Slaw Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 C shredded cabbage (1/4 small head)
- 1C finely sliced celery (about three stalks)
- 1C finely chopped apple, skin on (use your favorite variety, as long as it's crispy)
- 1/3 C chopped red bell pepper (optional but it's a nice addition of color and flavor)
Mix all in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.Dressing Ingredients:
- 3 Tbsp vinegar (apple cider, red wine or balsamic)
- 3Tbsp oil (I like extra virgin olive, but use what you prefer)
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1/2 tsp dry onion granules or powder
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt or 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Dash of nutmeg or allspice (optional)
Mix together in a small bowl. Let sit at room temp for an hour or so for flavors to blend. Taste and adjust seasonings per your preference.
At serving time, toss slaw with dressing. I don't like to do this ahead of time because the sugar and salt will draw the moisture out of the apples and make them lose their bite. If I am serving this to just my husband and I and know we will have leftovers, I just let us dress our own portions and keep the rest separate. The slaw stays crisp several days in the fridge.
*Some nice variations: At serving time, top with chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. Add chunks of cooked chicken breast and a bit of mayo for the yummiest chicken salad ever! Small-cut broccoli florets make a nice addition. You can even add some raw winter squash diced fine.