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Rainbow Slaw

Salting the cabbage before making the salad draws out excess moisture, so your slaw won’t be watery.



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½ small head green cabbage (about 1 ¼ lb.)
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½ small head red cabbage (about 1 ¼ lb.)
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1 large carrot, peeled
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1 Tbs. kosher or coarse salt
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2 Tbs. mustard seeds
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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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¼ tsp. chili flakes
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½ cup cider vinegar
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¼ cup sugar
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1 tsp. Dijon mustard
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1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 ½ cups)
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1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 ½ cups)


1. Slice cabbage into thin strips. Grate carrot on largest holes of box grater.


2. Combine cabbage, carrot and salt in large colander set over bowl. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours. Rinse off salt under cold water. Pat dry.


3. Put mustard seeds, oil and chili flakes in small skillet; cover and cook over medium-high heat 1 minute, or until seeds start to pop, shaking constantly. Remove from heat and continue shaking pan until popping subsides. Cool in bowl. Whisk in vinegar, sugar and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


4. Combine cabbage, carrot and bell peppers in large bowl. Add dressing, and toss to coat. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately, or store up to 1 day in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
20 g
148 mg
4 g
13 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Enjoy the salad for a second time!

This salad is absolutely wonderful!

I used half cider vinegar and half red wine vinegar. I also substituted sesame oil. Turned out great! However, I would use less sugar next time.

How long should the cabbage, carrots and salt be refrigerated?