Make Ahead

Cabbage Vinaigrette

June 24, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4 - 6 as a side dish
Author Notes

I don't love mayo. Plus, living in DC, much of the year it just feels too hot and humid to serve mayo based salads with a barbecue or for a picnic. This slaw is great with barbecued meat or fish, and is a perfect complement to fish tacos. I sometimes eat the leftovers over brown rice or quinoa with a little feta on top! —healthierkitchen

What You'll Need
  • 1 small head green cabbage (or half a large head), cored and thinly sliced or shredded
  • 3 stalks celery, or more to taste, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced in small strips rather than in rings
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons cilantro, optional (I add this if I'm using it with fish tacos)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice, about 1 good sized, juicy lime.
  • 2 tablespoons canola or other light vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • few pinches kosher salt
  • few grinds fresh ground pepper
  1. Mix the cut cabbage, celery, red onion and cilantro (if using) in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the ime juice, canola oil and olive oil.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables and then top with the salt and pepper. Mix well (though the mix will not look slaw-like yet, the cabbage will eventually give off some liquid and will look a bit "pickled" and translucent). Let it sit out on the counter for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. After the hour, taste for salt and pepper an serve. This can be made ahead and refrigerated, though it will get softer and less crisp. If you do refrigerate, take it out about a half an hour before you want to use it to get the chill out.

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2 Reviews

healthierkitchen August 8, 2011
I hope you both like it, checker! I just returned from New Mexico and Colorado, and I didn't miss the humidity at all! So nice and dry out there.
checker July 29, 2011
We have determined that the cilantro-lime combo is my fiance's favorite flavor. And cabbage is one of his favorite foods. Thus, I'll be making this soon. I do hope you are staying cool in this record-breaking DC heat and humidity. My poor garden is begging for mercy...