In honour of Veganuary and a healthy start to the year, we’ve put together a couple of our favourite
slaw recipes. Coleslaws can provide the basis of a light dinner or a versatile accompaniment to pretty
much any meal. For us, the key to a good slaw comes from balancing the vegetables and acidity to find
that perfect balance of flavours. It needn’t be all about the mayo!
Add your prepared vegetables to a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, sugar and lime juice and toss through.
Put the bowl in the fridge while you prepare the dressing.
Whisk the dressing ingredients vigorously in a bowl. Taste to check the seasoning. Pour the dressing over the chilled vegetables and mix well. Now add the chilli, chopped herbs and sesame seeds and toss through. Allow the flavours to come together in the fridge for 1 hour. Just before serving, sprinkle over the toasted crushed peanuts.
Serve. This is perfect served with rice noodles stirred through or on its own for something a little lighter.
Another of our favourites…Lexington style Red Slaw with Beets
1kg red cabbage (cored & finely shredded), 1 medium red onion (finely sliced), 3 carrots (grated), 2 cooked beetroot (grated)
For the ’slaw cure: juice of 1 lemon, 2 tsp fine sea salt
For the dressing: 50ml olive oil, 1 tsp all-purpose BBQ rub, 50ml cider vinegar, 3 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp caster sugar, ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, ½ tsp fine sea salt
Method: Combine the shredded cabbage and onion in a large bowl. Add the ingredients for the ’slaw cure, and mix well. Cover and let osmosis do its thing in your fridge for 2–3 hours. When you’re ready to make your ’slaw, pour off any liquid from the onion and cabbage, then stir through the carrot and beetroot. In a food processor or blender, add all the dressing ingredients except the oil, and with the blade running at medium speed, add the oil very slowly, drop by drop, until the dressing emulsifies and thickens. Pour over the vegetables and toss through, making sure they are all fully coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and allow to sit in the fridge for an hour (to help the flavours come together) before serving. Serve with houmous and fresh crusty bread for a delicious lunch.
January is a time for resolutions, re-energising and starting on that new project you’ve been
meaning to get around to since last year. Either of these slaws should impress your other half
or your housemate with your healthy ambitions without compromising on that all-important