A simple easy coleslaw recipe with a twist! The fresh fruit adds a nice sweetness in contrast with the vinegar based dressing. Make a double batch for your next BBQ, Pot Luck or Picnic. Each bite is a full on flavor explosion! I like recipes that are just a little bit different and unique. I am not trying to recreate the old style coleslaw here – there are plenty of those recipes around. This one is deliciously different – that alone makes it special.
16ouncescoleslaw mix – sometimes they come as a 14 ounce bag -that is fine tooyou can make your own slaw as well
2-3Celery stalks – diced
1-2cupspineapple chunks or grapes cut in half
Celery seed – optional - to taste
Creamy White Balsamic Dressing
1box or cancannellini Beansrinsed and drained
½cupwhite Balsamic vinegar
2-4Medjool Dates or your favorite type of datecould sub 1/4 cup soft raisins
4teaspoonsno salt added mustard
1cupunsweetened plant milk
2-3teaspoonsGarlic & Herb no salt seasoning or 2 cloves of garlic
Place all of the Slaw mixture ingredients except the celery seed, in a large bowl and mix together.
Place all of the dressing ingredients in the blender container. Blend until smooth and creamy.
If you don’t have a high powered blender or if your dates are very hard, try soaking the dates before blending. Simply put the dates in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them – soak for 30 minutes, drain off the water and continue with the recipe.
If serving the coleslaw for multiple people go ahead and pour the dressing on the coleslaw – use as much or as little as you like. Stir until the slaw is well covered. Sprinkle with the celery seed if desired.
If you want to enjoy the slaw over a few days only dress enough of the slaw for each meal. Store the remainder of the slaw and dressing separately. That will keep it fresh and crisp.
To make this a main dish add rinsed and drained garbanzo beans. It makes a delightful lunch or dinner with some corn on the cob and a sweet potato on the side.