Here is a delicious coleslaw my family really goes for. Especially my Mother. When we get together, she always asks me to make it. I thinly slice the cabbage using my sharp chef's knife and that's what Mama loves. She also loves watching me do it. I have given her the recipe but she always says she can't cut the cabbage like I do. When I visit her kitchen, I always take a cutting board and my knife.
I have assured Mama the slaw will taste equally delicious if she uses her food processor, but no, she wants it my way. So of course, I always happily make it for her. It is part of the sweet and poignant circle of life. Oh the hours I have spent, sitting in the kitchen, watching Mama cook.
This salad has a tangy vinegar and oil dressing and a wonderful homemade flavor. It is great for picnics because there is no mayonnaise. Make the salad a couple hours ahead of serving time, so it can marinate for at least 2 hours.
Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw
1 medium head cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, grated
1 tsp. celery seed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt, to taste
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 medium onion, quartered
In a large bowl, toss cabbage, carrots and celery seed until well mixed. Place the vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, ground mustard, and onion into a blender. Process until the mixture is creamy and emulsified. Pour over the cabbage and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.