In the winter, I buy cabbages at the grocery story and I like an oil and vinegar dressing, preferably with some citrus. In the summer, I buy cabbages at the farmers’ market and I like a traditional creamy dressing. I lighten it up a bit by using equal parts mayonnaise and yogurt cheese for the creamy part. The rest of the ingredients are apple cider vinegar, sugar, and pepper — all added to make the texture and taste appealing.

Yesterday’s version turned out extra pretty with two purple carrots from the farmers’ market that I grated and some flat-leaf parsley from my garden that I chopped.

Colorful Creamy Coleslaw

A festive salad made with local cabbage, carrots, and parsley

I learned the secret of good cabbage salad from Mark Bittman’s book, Food Matters — layer the sliced cabbage in a colander with salt and let it rest for an hour or so. That softens the texture to make it more pleasant for eating raw.

Purple Clematis

I like the fluffy seed head left behind after the petals fall away.

Here’s a bonus photo of one of my last remaining clematis flowers.

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Colorful Locavore Cole Slaw #WeekendCooking — 10 Comments

  1. Both photos are beautiful! My mom taught me that salting trick ,and I agree that it works well. I’ve been making (or sometimes buying) a poppy seed dressing for my coleslaw these days.

  2. I love the flowers! So pretty. I like your new layout too.
    You know, as much as I make cole slaw I never thought about adding different colored cabbage to it. I use carrot and it has orange ribbons but I sure like the looks of yours.

  3. I make a similar dressing, only with kefir for the creamy part. And you can use that salting trick with thinly sliced onion as well, if you want to add a bit of that to your slaw. Very yummy.

  4. I wish I had seen this recipe earlier. I was looking for something festive to take to a party yesterday. This would have been perfect.

    Your blog looks lovely!

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