This simple Malt Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe is an easy and delicious addition to your lunch and dinner menu! This article is a partnered conversation written by Mama Loves Food on behalf of UF/IFAS. Opinions and text are all ours.
This bright and yummy malt vinegar coleslaw recipe is fun and crunchy and delicious and you're going to want to serve it with everything! Coleslaw goes perfectly as a side dish with dinner, on sandwiches, or just as a healthy mid-day snack. I adore the texture it adds to my plate and my kids love the color and little bitty bite size pieces.
Admittedly my family's obsession with coleslaw had less than healthy origins. We fell in love with cabbage at fast food joints along side fried chicken and underneath soba noodles. We're not perfect. I'm the first to admit it. But when I noticed how much we were all enjoying cabbage dishes at those places, I decided to bring it home and try to make our own recipes.
Using your children's favorite restaurant and fast food dishes as a jumping off point for healthier eating is a great tactic. Maybe fried chicken and coleslaw from the drive-thru isn't the best dinner idea if we're trying to be conscious of what we put into our bodies - but how about recreating that meal at home with ingredients and cooking methods that are healthier.
Instead of breaded and fried chicken, perhaps a pan seared chicken thigh with crunch skin, some home-made oven roasted steak fries, and a pile of fresh malt vinegar coleslaw. Or, a simple stir fry with cauliflower rice, and sauted cabbage instead of ordering Chinese. Re-imagine your favorite dishes and get your kids to help you make them in the kitchen. It's a great way to enjoy those comfort food flavors without the guilt.
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Malt Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe, Ingredients:
- 4 cups cabbage
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons malt vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
Malt Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe, Directions:
- Small chop cabbage, red onion, and carrots, add to a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, garlic salt. Whisk together.
- Pour dressing over cabbage mix and toss until everything is coated evenly.
- Sprinkle with celery seed and toss again.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UF/IFAS. The opinions and text are all mine.