This was inspired by The Pioneer Woman with a few twists and additions of my own.
A little 411…I originally named this coleslaw and the title of this post “Purple & Green Slaw,” because I couldn’t think of a better name. Then, I Googled “purple and green,” and it turns out that purple, green, and gold represent Mardi Gras! I researched a little more, and it turns out that each color represents something.
- Purple represents justice. This is prefect, because purple cabbages need justice. You’ll see what I mean later in my little rant about the name, red cabbage.
- Green represents faith. You can always trust that jalapeño, lime, and cilantro will come through for you.
- Gold represents power. Garlic’s powerful fragrance gives it the name “the stinking rose.”
OK, so what if it’s cheesy! I wanted to justify my coleslaw name. Leave me alone.
Cyn’s Mardi Gras Slaw
- 1/2 green cabbage
- 1/2 red cabbage
- 1 jalapeño
- mayonnaise, approx. 1/3 cup
- milk, approx. 1/3 cup
- vinegar, 1 tbsp
- brown sugar, 1 tbsp
- paprika, 1 tsp
- poppy seeds, 1, tsp
- black pepper
*Please note that I don’t really measure. These are very loose approximations. In fact, you’ll probably see all of my recipes in whole number tbsp or tsp…never fractions.
Directions: Combine thinly sliced cabbage, finely chopped (almost minced) jalapeños and garlic (also minced) in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients and spices in a cup. Pour dressing over slaw and toss. Top with roughly chopped cilantro and lime, and toss lightly. So easy!
Slice it really thin, and put into a bowl. By the way, this looks like purple to me. So why is it called red cabbage? Just like red onions. They’re purple! Things like that bother me.
OK, so I did the green first, then the
red purple. So what? Why do I feel like I have to work on the green cabbage first and then the purple? It’s the same thing with onions. When I use both yellow and purple onions, I always work with the yellow first. I feel like that’s the correct order.
Finely chop a jalapeño and some garlic…almost minced. Is it weird to put garlic in coleslaw?? I can’t help it. If you didn’t know…I mention it here.
Mix a 1:1 ratio of mayonnaise and milk, about 1/3 cup of each. Then mix in vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. I had some poppy seeds laying around, so I decided to add it into the mix. And I’m so glad I did! Oh, and I’ve started using paprika in everything. I love it. Plus, I like saying it. Come on…say it three times…paprika paprika paprika.
Now, poke your pinky in there and give it a little taste. That’s exactly what I did. Just don’t double dip. I poked my other pinky to give hubby a taste too. It was perfect…my first time too! But again, my measurements are not exact, so adjust to your taste.
Pour the dressing over the veggies, toss, toss, toss, and see magic happen. I use plastic gloves. It’s the easiest. I use plastic gloves for a lot of stuff…can’t imagine kitchen (or bathroom) work without it. If you’re unsure of how much dressing you should use, pour some, toss, and add as needed. You can always add dressing, but you can’t take away. Unless you don’t mind chopping up more cabbage.
After you’ve tossed the slaw, add a lot of roughly chopped cilantro…the more the merrier. Squeeze the juice of one lime all over, and toss lightly. Cilantro is another one my of faves, but it didn’t make my list only because I don’t always have it in the kitchen.
In case you’re wondering, that’s MK’s thumb. My hands are not that big.
And there’s my
Purple & Green Slaw Mardi Gras Slaw! I think it looks so much more elegant than the traditional coleslaw with bits of carrot and pale green cabbage. Don’t you?