Coleslaw is a salad consisting primarily of shredded raw cabbage. It can also include shredded carrots. There are many variations of the recipe which include the addition of other ingredients, such as red cabbage, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple.
It is usually mixed with a dressing which traditionally consists of vegetable oil and vinegar or a vinaigrette. In the U.S. coleslaw often contains mayonnaise; although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard are also common.
A variety of seasonings may be added. The dressing is usually allowed to settle on the blended ingredients for several hours before being served. The cabbage may come in finely minced pieces, shredded strips, or small squares.
Coleslaw is generally eaten as a side dish with foods such as barbecue, French fries, and other fried foods. Also, it is common as a sandwich ingredient, often placed on barbecue sandwiches, and on hamburgers and hot dogs along with chili and hot mustard.
Here’s a simple coleslaw recipe:
- 1 medium cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
- 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Toss ingredients together.
- Add mayonnaise and blend well.
- Serve cold.