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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A slaw for when slaw for dinner is appropriate.

Tahini Sumac Slaw

Five things that happen when your kids go to camp for the summer:

1. You don't do laundry for days. 

2. The dog begins to sleep with you, and if you're especially lucky, pees on your blankets. 

3. You see movies involving Sandra Bullock. 

4. You throw away many things that might belong to others, if others had bothered to put them away before fleeing the premises. 

5. You eat slaw for dinner. Specifically Tahini Sumac Slaw. Please buy sumac for this, as it makes it special. I don't care if you buy pre-shredded cabbage. Be sure to mix that dressing up nicely, for consistency. Of course there will be no use of pomegranate seeds.

Tahini Sumac Slaw by Hilarybee

Serves 4

Tahini Sumac Dressing

1/4 cup tahini
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon ground sumac
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


3 cups napa cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons (about one head of cabbage)
1 1/2 cup savoy cabbage, 1/2-inch ribbons (about half a head)
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional but good when in season)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: jenny, jennys in the kitchen, salad, slaw, cabbage, sumac, summer, everyday cooking

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Comments (8)


about 2 years ago Jane Heisserer

sumac? really


about 2 years ago Amydomi

Thrilled to find another use for the giant package of sumac that I bought for a recipe that called for 1T! This sounds amazing.


about 2 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you. The dressing is fantastic and super versatile. One of my favorite salad dressings to use to brighten up an average salad.


almost 2 years ago Amydomi

I finally got around to trying this slaw and it is delicious! Had leftovers on a wrap with hummus. This will go into regular rotation at our house. Thanks for sharing.


almost 2 years ago Hilarybee

You are very welcome. Thanks for giving it a try!


about 2 years ago mmann15

Where can I find ground sumac? Is it easier to find than I think? Thanks!


about 2 years ago Hilarybee

I'd try any health food store, or a Halaal market. A Kroger fresh market might have it, in the Middle Eastern section.


about 2 years ago Hilarybee

Thanks for trying my recipe! Glad it was expedient and enjoyable for you!