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May 1, 2013 09:38 PM

Crazy coleslaw

I know you can make slaw from cabbage or broccoli, but what other things have you made slaw from? I suppose, if the slaw doesn't have any cole product in it, then it wouldn't be coleslaw, but you get the idea, right?

What crazy ingredient(s) do you use, and how do you dress it? What do you serve it with? Please share your secrets!

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  1. First time we made pea slaw the reaction was quite surprising. Now it's fairly common. Just sub whole peas for the cabbage. This is the vinegar dressing vers.-no mayo.

    Carrot slaw is still unexpected.

    Lima bean slaw (similar to pea slaw)

    Edamame slaw with a sesame oil dressing

    My fav remains a riff on Chinese chicken salad, heavy on the slaw ingred.

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    1. re: HillJ

      My grandmother would put pretty much anything she had in her garden into cabbage based slaw. Peas, beans, corn, tomato, etc.,

      1. re: kengk

        Not surprised to read that she did, my Mother was the same way but didn't garden much on her own. Slaw was a stable in our home though-use of veg, as an alternative to a salad, get vegetables in my brothers...

    2. Kohlrabi. Grate it or use a spiral slicer or shredder and treat it like cabbage.

      Kale, finely julienned, dressed in vinagrette or a yogurt base with apple, onion, carrot, etc.

      1. I have added minced habanero to my basic slaw when I make it for pulled pork sandwiches. We love it, but, then again, we breathe fire.

        1. What about Brussel Sprouts? I haven't made this but it sounds interesting.

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          1. re: valerie

            valerie, that recipe looks really good, such a nice lineup of ingredients. thanks for sharing the link! Apple cider vinegar & maple syrup as the main ingred in the dressing would be right up my alley.

            1. re: valerie

              I like Brussel sprout slaw. I don't really like the recipe, as I the nuts and dates are not necessary. Fundamentally, sprouts are really a lot like cabbage. They'd work in any slaw recipe.

              1. re: MGZ

                Funny how we all can approach things differently! It was the add ins that got my attention!

                1. re: MGZ

                  Yes, I never thought of brussel sprout slaw as a cabbage slaw! Like I said, I never made this but I usually like the combination of sweet and savory in a salad so I think it sounds interesting.

                2. re: valerie

                  I think I just found what I'm going to do with the last 6 stalks of brussels sprouts in my garden, thank you!

                  I'll have to make a few substitutions for what I have on hand but I love the idea.

                3. Carrot and daikon radish with rice vinegar. Very refreshing, but best on the day it's made as the radish can become a bit whiffy.

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                  1. re: jammy

                    I made a diakon, cucumber and red pepper slaw this week with a sesame ginger vinegrette. Very refreshing.

                    1. re: jammy

                      Oh, I love this idea. I look at daikon at WF and wonder what I would do with it. Thanks!