This festive Winter Cabbage Slaw combines gorgeous presentation value with delicious 2-color cabbage, pomegranate, and greens to bring a splash to any dish.
This colorful cabbage slaw just brings happiness to my eyes and palate. I love how the bright and colorful ingredients mix to create one of the best-looking coleslaw I've ever seen.
I guess coleslaw doesn't really have a reputation for being a pretty food. I am especially wary of the neon-green mush that's sold as coleslaw at KFC in Canada. I'm pretty sure there are hazardous materials laws they're breaking by selling that stuff.
However, there are no hesitations to stuffing my face with this beautiful recipe we have here today. I found the recipe for it in Ikaria - a cookbook with recipes from the Greek island where people forget to die.
2-Colored Cabbage, Herbs, Dill, and Pomegranate Jewels
Using green and red cabbage as suggested in the book already starts us out with a more colorful slaw canvas, and that's just step one. I tried using my food processor with the shredding and grating disks, but that resulted in either too large or too small shreds. So I did my best cutting it finely with my sharpest knife. Every good cook, chef, baker, whomever, who worth their salt in the kitchen deserves at least one good, sharp knife.
To the cabbage, add the bright green of fresh chopped parsley and dill (I used dill that my mom preserved in olive oil in the summer). And a nutty crunch from toasted pine nuts and sunflower seeds will add depth and flavor.
Finally, luscious pomegranate jewels crown the dish. I mean seriously, is there anything that pomegranate seeds don't make better? (ok ok I can think of a couple things, but you get my point).
Beautiful Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Instead of a creamy dressing (as usual for coleslaw) there is a vinaigrette-style dressing that won't mask the beautiful colors of this slaw. The base is made up of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Just beautiful. It's like they thought of everything.
To that, the original recipe adds fig balsamic vinegar (or Greek honey or grape molasses). I couldn't find any of these in the store here, so I used regular balsamic vinegar instead. But I wonder if I should have added a little honey to imitate the suggested ingredients better?
Konrad loves everything cabbage, so it was no wonder that he devoured this festive slaw!
I wish that I had found this recipe before the holidays. A bowl of this bright winter slaw would look so great on a Christmas dinner table.
But who says we can't add something festive to our daily dinners? I never said that. You wouldn't catch me dead saying that. Anyway, gather up the taste buds, the eye buds, and get ready for a delicious side dish in this Festive Winter Cabbage Slaw.
Festive Winter Cabbage Slaw
- 2 cups green cabbage finely shredded
- 2 cups red cabbage finely shreddedv
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley chopped
- ⅓ cup dill chopped
- ⅔ cup pomegranate seeds
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds toasted
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar or pomegranate molasses, grape molasses, (balsamic vinegar with honey)
- salt to taste
- Toss shredded cabbage, parsley, dill (I used dill preserved in oil), pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and sun flower seeds in a large salad bowl.
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle over slaw. (I only used about ⅔ of the dressing and used the rest the next time).
- Serve right away.
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Winter Cabbage Slaw distinguishes itself with its colorful blend of ingredients, including two types of cabbage, vibrant herbs, and the addition of pomegranate seeds, all accentuated by a beautiful balsamic vinegar dressing.
To prevent coleslaw from becoming excessively soggy, it's advisable to salt the cabbage and allow it to sit for a brief period. This process draws out excess moisture. Additionally, ensuring a well-balanced dressing-to-cabbage ratio can help maintain the desired texture.
Cabbage and coleslaw can be nutritious components of a diet, as they offer valuable vitamins and minerals, particularly when prepared with a light, health-conscious dressing. Cabbage, in particular, is a good source of fiber and various essential nutrients.