July 19th, 2010
I like cabbage—love it, even—but am not much into cole slaw. I grew up in Jersey, land of the diners, and associate slaw with the oft too soggy side served in ‘lil plastic cups. I know. I know. Cole slaw can be fresh, crunchy, tangy, laced with poppy seeds, spicy horseradish or fresh herbs. Cole slaw can be delightful, surprising even. But still. I’m never moved to make it.
But then I spied (with my little eye) something interesting at Trader Joe’s: Broccoli Slaw. Of course! Hearty. Crunchy. Healthy. Not all that much different than regular cole slaw. But just different enough to inspire me.
This is another one of my non-recipe recipes. I was moving fast and, well, this is just cole slaw. (No disrespect to the cole slaw aficionados among you!) Taste your dressing along the way and get it just the way you want it before tossing with the slaw. And, if you already have a tried and true slaw dressing, use that instead! Easy peasy.
As for sharing this with the kiddos, it’s a little hard for little ones to manage. While you make slaw for the rest of the family, steam some broccoli for kids 6-18 months. Toss it with a little of the yogurt dressing, and call it a day.
Broccoli Slaw with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing
(can be adapted for 18+ mos)*
For Slaw (to serve at least 4)
1 bag broccoli (and carrot, if possible) slaw
at least 2 1/2 c peeled & shredded broccoli stems and
1 1/4 c shredded carrots
plain greek style yogurt (1 small container)
mayonaise (small amount, start with 1 Tbsp)
dijon mustard (just to taste)
salt & pepper
a touch of sugar (if necessary, to taste)
1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together.
2. Toss broccoli and cabbage with enough dressing to coat well. Serve!
*Note: Feeding little ones? Steam some of the broccoli, cut or mash into age appropriate bite sizes and toss with yogurt dressing. Perfect for kids as young as 6+ mos.