When it comes to food, I have a very short list of dislikes. For many years, slaw was at the top of that list, but not too long ago I began to realize that I shouldn’t just instinctively turn my nose up at the mention of that word.

Definition of cole slaw: a salad dish of shredded raw cabbage in a dressing.
I like cabbage and I like salad, so technically I should like cole slaw, right?

Here’s the problem- when I hear “slaw”, I immediately envision the creamy mayo-laden version. For someone that really detests mayo, that’s not a pleasant sight. You should see how my face kind of scrunches up as I type that. It’s really that unpleasant for me.

Several months ago, a commenter on the Nashville Scene Bites blog mentioned a blue cheese slaw that was always a hit at dinner parties. When I saw that the recipe had not a hint of mayo, I thought, now I can get behind some blue cheesiness. So when tasked with creating a side dish to go along with burgers and hot dogs for a weekend at the lake, I searched through the Bites archives until I found the link to this recipe. Of course, as is the case with pretty much every recipe I try – I tweaked it a bit. The end result was this creation:

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Colorful Veggie Slaw

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
salt
freshly ground pepper
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 cup raw snow peas
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese or blue cheese

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, whisk the olive oil into the mustard until slightly thickened. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the vegetables. Toss to coat all the vegetables. Top with cheese to serve.

The veggies are super crunchy and the dressing is tangy, so I think it’s a perfect dish for our steamy southern summers. It caused quite a sensation at the lake house the weekend it made it’s debut, and since has made several encore appearances at our house. Blue cheese, the ingredient that initially attracted me to the recipe, has been replaced with feta in my last few preparations. Surprisingly, even being a major blue cheese lover, I think I’m digging the feta version even more. But hey, you make the call- either way, I think it will change your mind about slaw- I know it did mine!

2 Responses to “Colorful Veggie Slaw”

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    Susan from Food Blogga — August 27, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    That's funny. I always considered slaw innocuous, ya know? Course I grew up on the oil and vinegar tpes, so maybe that explains it. Glad you've come around. You'll see — life will be better. :)

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    Ryan — August 27, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    This looks great, I love the idea of the peas and red pepper in it too. I happen to be a fan of the old standard mayo based slaw as well but this sounds good and I think the creaminess of the cheese would make it pretty slaw-y without the heaviness of the traditional mayo dressing.

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