The other week I made buffalo wings, and you know what you can have wings without?
As a kid I absolutely hated coleslaw. If you ever went to a suburban Aussie barbecue in the 80’s or 90’s, there was always Coles or Woolies bought pre-made pasta salad and coleslaw served alongside the barbecued snags, garden salad, and white bread rolls (I would mention the cut up cabonossi, and Bega cheese cubes, but do we really need to be reminded of that? No? I agree.)
I actually loved barbecues when I was younger as it wa an opportunity for a young person to experience and particpate in older persons conversation. It was also one of the first opportunities I had to explore my interest in cooking that didn’t involve sweets. As a teenager, for some reason, I was given the task of making the garden salad, and you know what? It was the best damned garden salad anyone who attended those barbecues ever had. This was a time before the internet existed, and recipe blogs simply weren’t a thing, and why would a recipe book or magazine have a recipe for a garden salad? Exactly. I was on my own, and I excelled.
Anyway, I digress – back to coleslaw!
But you know what I hated Coleslaw? Because store, chippie, or café bought slaw is just some mayonnaise with a lone little scraggly piece of cabbage and carrot thrown in. Slaw with too much mayonnaise (and there is such a thing) is an absolute culinary abomination and I wish it was just a thing that you find in chippies, but as mentioned above, places that can afford (because dammit, as if they don’t charge for it!) that extra bit of cabbage to make a nicely rounded slaw, simply don’t.
So, here is my light and tasty homemade slaw. I use Kewpie (Japanese) mayonnaise, but this can be replaced with any good mayonnaise you have on hand. It may seem like a small amount of mayo is needed for so much slaw, but trust me when I say it’s the perfect amount.
What Will I Need?
3 cups shredded cabbage (about 1 small head)
2 cups shredded carrot (about 2 medium sized)
1 red onion, grated
1/4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined, and season with salt and pepper.