Cooking With Your Kids: Purple Cabbage Slaw

Red CabbageReady for something a little daring, try

Purple Cabbage Slaw

(Note: purple cabbage = red cabbage, but at home we call it purple cabbage.)

Okay, as a “kid dish” this slaw is a bit of a risk.  First and foremost, it’s a slaw.  That means lots of vegetables and in the case of this slaw, there’s no sugared mayonnaise to mix in to mask the presence of so many vegetables.  Secondly, the flavors are a bit more, shall we say, mature.

On the other hand, the flavors are not so far out there that kids should get turned off.  Plus, this is something they can help to make.  Younger kids can mix the dressing and the slaw while older children can shred the cabbage (as long as they are well supervised.) 

Of course, all of this misses the obvious point: the slaw is purple.  And kids eat purple.

Purple Cabbage Slaw Recipe

Okay, first and foremost, I adapted this recipe from Chef Cody Hogan and a class he taught many, many years ago.    So thanks to him for the inspiration.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 head purple cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Mix the red wine vinegar, sugar, lemon, and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl.  Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking the entire time.

Pour half of the dressing over the cabbage and sprinkle in the paramesan cheese and a little more salt and pepper.

Taste the slaw.  Continue to add more dressing until you like the flavor of the slaw.


Thanks to geishaboy500 for the picture.

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