To me, very little says summer picnic like a nice Cole slaw. Creamy is our favorite here, the sweetness of the dressing making it perfect for the kiddos. But you can imagine how impossible it is to find a creamy Cole slaw ready to serve in restaurant or the grocery store when you have strict onion and garlic restrictions in the home. Even buying the dressing to make it ourselves has proven impossible.
So after a few attempts at tweaking this classic, with the help of my WONDERFUL mom, we came up with a recipe that is just fantastic and I’m so happy to share it with you.
** This recipe is vegetarian but not vegan, but I’m sure the mayonnaise and milk could be switched out for Veganaise and some variety of unsweetened plant based milk. **
Creamy Cole slaw
For the slaw, you’ll need :
- 1/2 red cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 green cabbage, shredded
- 2 large carrots, grated
- 2 large branches of celery, grated
For the dressing, you’ll need :
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup of whole milk
- 1/4 cup of pure cane sugar
- 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar
- 2 TBSP of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp of celery seeds
- black pepper to taste
I placed all my dressing ingredients into a large Mason jar and proceeded to shake it for a few minutes. Pour over slaw mix and toss. I let it sit in the fridge for about an hour to let the cabbage wilt and the flavors develop. It kept well for 3 days in the fridge.
Hope you’ll try it and give me news. 🙂
Do you have a favorite summer picnic dish/recipe?