Southwestern Slaw with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing

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Author Notes: I always get excited when Easter Egg Radishes make their first appearance of the year. These bright red, purple and white radishes are not only beautiful but also quite tasty with a mellow spice and an earthy aroma.

This slaw is crunchy, tangy, and creamy with lots of cilantro flavor! If you already have cooked beans on hand, it's a snap to put together. The spice blend I used to flavor the dressing was from Savory Spice Shop, a local spice store here in Colorado that I've grown quite fond of over the years! Their "El Diente Southwestern Spice" blend has chiles, paprika, mexican oregano, coriander, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Use a blend that has plenty of heat to achieve a more lingering, complex spiciness that goes oh-so-well with those hot radishes.
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Serves 6-8

  • 8 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 bunch Easter Egg radishes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3/4 cups green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves and stems (about 1/2 a bunch)
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican or Southwestern spice mix
  • 7.5 ounces creme fraiche (1 container)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, beans, radishes, and onions. Set aside.
  2. In a small blender, combine lime juice, cilantro and spice mix until well blended. Add creme fraiche, salt and pepper and blend quickly to combine (be sure not to blend the creme fraiche for long, as it might break and get clumpy). Toss dressing with slaw and serve. Garnish with extra cilantro leaves, if desired.
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