Coleslaw, simply called slaw in American dialects, is a type of saladmade of shredded raw cabbage and sometimes includes shredded carrots. It’s a simple combination of shredded cabbage, carrot and celery mixed with home made mayonnaise. A quick and economical dish to prepare. It is often used as a quick toasted sandwich filling.
The word "coleslaw" arose in the 20th century as an Anglicization of the Dutch term "koolsla", a shortening of "koolsalade", which means "cabbage salad" where “kool” means cabbage and “sla” means salad. The word entered our English language from the Dutch in New York in the late 1700s. Since then it has been a featured side dish at almost every picnic or barbecue in America.
Coleslaw is usually had with fish, burgers, sandwiches or hot dogs. You can prepare Coleslaw with any type of dressing you like but shredded cabbage is the chief ingredient. Besides the cabbage, most coleslaw come with a dressing based on mayonnaise or vinegar or both, though neither of those ingredients is mandatory. Other recipes call for yogurt and/or citrus juice in lieu of mayonnaise and/or vinegar.
Beyond the shredded cabbage and choice of dressing, an array of other ingredients such as almonds, apples, grated carrots, peppers, and even toasted ramen noodlescan be used in coleslaw. Preparing the Coleslaw is very simple and easy. Shred the cabbageand carrots finely and keep aside. Take a bowl adds water and bring to boil. Then add the vegetables and dip for a minute.
Then squeeze of the water from the cabbageand carrot mixture. Place the vegetablein a muslin cloth and squeeze the moisture off. Put them in a bowl. Add mayonnaise and mix. Adjust seasoning and add sugar and vinegar and mix well. Serve with your favorite sandwiches or burgers. Kids would really love it. It’s a very healthy and nutritious salad for the kids.
There are many variations of the recipe which include the addition of other ingredients, like red cabbage, pepper, onion, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple. What distinguishes Coleslaw from cabbageas a condiment is that it is mixed with a mayonnaise. Coleslaw also contains buttermilkor mayonnaise substitutes, and carrot; although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard are also common. Another variation is they use shredded raw broccoli in place of cabbage. Coleslaw is generally served as a side dish along with foods like the barbecue, French fries, and fried chicken.
It may also be used for stuffing sandwich, placed on barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs along with chili and hot mustard. A variation of coleslaw made with vinegarand oil is often served with pizza in Sweden and another variation is the cheese savory popular in the North east of England made of Onionsand cheese.
Cabbage by itself is a very nutritious vegetableand some benefits of lowering cholesterol if cook by steaming. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitaminK and vitaminC. It is also a very good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Cabbage is also a good source of thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and protein.