Traditional Coleslaw, With a Twist
A little crunchy, a little creamy, a little sweet and even tangy, this Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins is a nice change from the classic.
This Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins is actually very similar to classic creamy, mayonnaise-based coleslaw and you could just leave the raisins out, if you like. But we like that they add sweetness and chewiness that offsets smoky flavors from foods coming off the grill. This coleslaw is just perfect with hot dogs, burgers and chicken fresh off of the grill!
From Scratch – Or Buy Pre-Shredded
Shredding the cabbage by hand might seem like a chore to some – and you can find pre-shredded cabbage and carrots and even coleslaw mixes already prepared in plastic bags in the produce section of most large supermarkets. Read the labels. If they are just the vegetables, without any additives, why not give that a go if you are short on time. That said, we love going to the farmers market and choosing fresh vegetables or even going into our own garden, if we are so lucky. The crispness and freshness is incomparable.
Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins
This creamy coleslaw features cabbage, carrots, bell pepper - and raisins! All in a creamy mayo based dressing. Sweet and crunchy and a great accompaniment to summer fare.
Makes about 14 cups (1.6 kg); serving size 1/2 cup (55 g)
- 1 pound (455 g) green cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 pound (455 g) red cabbage, finely shredded
- 3 medium carrots, ends trimmed, shredded
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, julienned
- 1 1/2 cups (249 g) raisins
- 2 cups (452 g) mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon celery seed, optional
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Toss the two cabbages, the carrot, bell pepper and raisins together in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together the mayo, vinegar, sugar, celery seed (if using) and mustard. Taste and season well with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the slaw, tossing as you go. Coat evenly but do not over-dress. You might not use all of the dressing. Your Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins is ready to serve but improves upon sitting for about 30 minutes to an hour. Slaw can also be refrigerated in an airtight container overnight. Serve at a cool temperature but not cold.