Thursday, July 1, 2010

Firecracker Coleslaw


Sunday is the 4th of July here in the United States and all across the land people will be celebrating with picnics and firecrackers. I’ve made a rather non-traditional coleslaw that I call Firecracker Coleslaw in honor of the holiday. It contains red bell peppers and toasted almonds that bring an element of surprise to your taste buds, much like firecrackers bring surprises to your eyes. It is a light slaw and contains no heavy mayonnaise, so it travels well. By using two colors of cabbage and the red peppers, the slaw takes on a red, white and blue patriotic theme and is very eye catching.

For a great summer picnic serve the slaw with the traditional meal of hot dogs, grilled hamburgers, BBQ chicken or ribs and chips to your family and friends. Don’t forget the chilled watermelon for dessert. They won’t be disappointed and neither will you. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone.

Firecracker Coleslaw
Adapted from Simply Shellfish by Leslie Grover Pendleton

½ cup natural rice vinegar (unseasoned)
½ cup canola oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
4 cups finely shredded red cabbage
4 cups finely shredded white cabbage
2 red bell peppers, cut into thin slivers
½ cup toasted sliced almonds

In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar together with the oil, mustard and sugar. Just before serving, add the two cabbages, bell pepper and almonds and toss well. Season with fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serves six to eight. Easily doubled.

53 comments:

  1. What a great picture and lovely recipe. Hapy 4th to you!!! Hope it's a crackin' day. :)

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  2. I love me some slaw, taste it where ever I go- so far Folkston GA has the best, but yours look pretty good!

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  3. Great slaw recipe...but my favorite thing about the 4th is not the food...it's the fireworks.

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  4. Hava a fantastic long weekend Sam. It looks like it will be filled with delicious food and laughter.

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  5. This looks tasty! I love a great coleslaw. Have a great 4th of July celebration.

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  6. Yay, no mayo! I'll give it a try!

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  7. Sam,
    I like the addition of nuts in this slaw.
    That place is mouth watering!
    Enjoy the holiday weekend.
    Stace

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  8. Sounds delicious! We are fans of all sorts of cole slaws.

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  9. not a big slaw fan (have had too much bad slaw) but this one looks fresh and tasty - cant stand the "miracle whip" laden slaws that people find so popular - I will tell you what though - you can give me a couple three of those hot dogs!

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  10. Coleslaw is always on my menu when I have gang over. Need a new recipe and yours sounds great.
    Rita

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  11. That plate looks so appetizing Sam. I just might have to try your coleslaw version for the 4th. Have a great holiday weekend!

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  12. Always looking for new ways to eat red cabbage - it's so healthy for you. Thanks :-)
    Robynx

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  13. This kind of firecrackers are o.k. by me! Looks delicious. I'll definitely be adding this to my coleslaw recipes. Have a great 4th!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. Now, THAT looks divine! I need to copy this recipe. It's not only pretty, but it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing...

    Happy Fourth, Sam!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. I've got coleslaw on my menu this weekend too, your recipe looks delicious, I'll have to try it as I am a big fan of slaw! Happy 4th!

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  16. WE love coleslaw and this look delicious Sam! have a nice weekend and a lovely time of 4 th July, gloria

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  17. wow I love this and the name how cool have a great weekend love ya

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  18. Wonderful, Sam. Lucky thing that I read this before I left for the market. I'll bet this would be delicious on a fish taco.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday.

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  19. I love your spicy close slaw, Sam, and the nicely griiled hot dog!

    Happy 4th of July!

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  20. Sounds good--as one exiled for a quarter of century from my home state of NC, it's good to run across your blog.

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  21. Oh yes - not a fan of traditional mayonnaise coleslaw - love when people mix it up. Love the color, the flavors, the crunch and the slaw! Happy Fourth!

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  22. Very nice, Sam. I like the almonds in it and the color is kapow! just like a fire cracker. I'll be giving this one a try.

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  23. This is so pretty and low-carb. I have copied it and will use it with liquid stevia. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to trying it soon!

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  24. What a great photo! That looks like a great 4th. :) The slaw sounds good, too. Have a great holiday weekend!

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  25. What a great new twist on coleslaw! The picture is gorgeous -- I'm hungry for the Fourth just looking at it! :) I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!

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  26. A lovely & grand coleslaw recipe, dear Sam!!

    I so love the whole plate of great food!

    Have a great 4th of july!!

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  27. How wonderful this looks and sounds, Sam. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  28. Hi Sam Sweetie...
    OMG what a wonderful post this is. I popped over and said, "Sam, I'll take what you are having." Oh does it ever say 4th of July and BBQ to me. I love it. This cole slaw looks and sounds yummy. I may have to make some for DH. He loves cole slaw.

    Thank you for sharing as always. I so love it when you do. Please stop by and say hi. I would love to see ya.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

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  29. This sounds delicious! I love that it travels well...perfect for picnics! Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. Happy Fourth of July, Sam. Running out the door to St. Augustine, but I am taking my computer so I can copy your slaw! Mr. Magpie got me an air card! YEA!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  31. What brilliant colors, Sam, and perfect for the 4th - I love the name! Happy Independence Day!

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  32. What fun! Red, white and blue cole slaw! Aptly named, too.
    Leave it to you, Sam. The added crunch with the almonds is great.
    Have a wonderful Fourth!
    Barbara

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  33. Sam, I really like this recipe a LOT. I'm making traditional slaw, because my husband loves it. I would definitely like this all to myself, with a lot less guilt. BTW, that hot dog looked grilled to perfection. Such a great 4th of July treat! I'm saving this recipe right now, and don't be surprised if you see it on my blog in the next week or so (I'm behind).

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  34. What a perfect plate of outdoor food to celebrate the fourth! Sounds like a delicious slaw...hope your fourth is safe and happy, Sam! =)

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  35. Happy 4th of July! I like the crisp freshness of this salad. It looks good!

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  36. A lovely delicious coleslaw to celebrate 4th July!
    Enjoy a happy healthy holiday Sam!

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  37. sounds so good...I'd love to try this when my son comes back from summer camp...

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  38. A very patriotic dish to be sure! Loved the colors!

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  39. I rarely get to enjoy slaw. My family doesn't like it. I love it! This looks so pretty and delicious. Perfect for the 4th. Hope yours was nice! ;)

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  40. What a most perfect choice for this Holiday. I love the color theme and the name is wonderful! Must have a nice crunch to it, and I like the fact that it is sans mayo.

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  41. Sam,
    This Firecracker Coleslaw looks really delicious. I've never tasted any with all the peppers, but plan to make it. I hope you had a fantastic July Fourth!

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  42. I am loving the name of this slaw. The name alone makes it tempting. I am glad to see that it is not heavy on the mayonnaise and has some additional crunch and texture. This recipe is a keeper.

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  43. The recipe looks delicious and the photo makes it even more tempting.

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  44. I love coleslaw and the almonds in this sound awesome - that little crunch they would provide. I love the photo too!

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  45. That whole meal makes me want to have a cookout...yum!

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  46. Sounds delicious !!Great shots!!! Congratulations!!!

    Frank, Barcelona

    http://balapertotarreu.blogspot.com

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  47. Ooooh YUM... looks like SUMMER!!!

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  48. What a great picture and a fantastic post. Yeah, yeah... the slaw looks good and all but WOW for the hot dog! I just found you from Nibble Me This and added you to my blog roll. I hope you will stop by sometime! - Gary

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  49. What a great recipe for coleslaw on any day, but especially the 4th! I will be trying this one.

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  50. A beautiful coleslaw! That is one mouthwatering meal.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  51. I always love the 4th - family, friends and tons of good food. It just needs to last a week rather than a day! The coleslaw looks great, very unique!

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  52. I am always looking for new slaw recipes and you just gave me a present. It sounds like it is easy to make, nice to look at ad=nd good to eat.

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