Five favorite quick-and-easy slaw recipes, for picnics, potlucks or barbecues
When it comes to slaw, are you cabbage, or are you broccoli? In the house where I grew up, slaw meant cole slaw, made with cabbage and a token shredded carrot, drowning in mayonnaise and served alongside potato salad (also drowning in mayonnaise). In my own kitchen, I prefer broccoli slaw: the slivered stems of broccoli, with carrots and a bit of purple cabbage or radicchio, and a tangy or spicy dressing. To me, picnics, potlucks or barbecues feel incomplete without some sort of slaw on the table. Here are five of my favorites.
Two broccoli slaw variations I've been making frequently this summer combine dried fruit, nuts and a Greek yogurt-based dressing. Broccoli slaw with raisins, peanuts and honey mustard yogurt dressing (top photo), or with cranberries and almonds, pair perfectly with grilled chicken, fish or burgers.
If you're firmly in the cabbage slaw camp, head to the supermarket and buy a bag of the freshest pre-shredded cole slaw mix. To make it even fresher, rinse in cold water and spin dry in a salad spinner.
Depending on what else is on your menu, you can send that cole slaw mix in any direction. Want something indulgent with beef or turkey burgers? Try adding blue cheese. Pairing with grilled salmon? Go with a tangy pickled Asian slaw.
And, for traditionalists, there's always a quick-and-easy cole slaw, dressed with a few common pantry ingredients and ready to eat right away.
Whether you prefer cabbage or broccoli slaw, you'll find more recipes to spice up your picnics, potlucks and barbecues by using the search box in the top right column on this page. Type in the key word "slaw" to get more recipe ideas for this popular side dish.
And if, like my mom, you believe cole slaw must always be accompanied by potato salad, check out our potato salad recipes, too.