Friday, August 1, 2014

Apple Pecan Coleslaw

I try to keep meals simple in the summer. I think I have mentioned before that I live in a really old house that is cooled with just two window air conditioners, one upstairs, one downstairs. So rather than heat up the house, we grill a lot. I mean a lot. And I made easy salads to go with the grilled goodies. And since we are FINALLY in farmer's market season, I am loving the fresh cabbage I've been buying! There's something about cabbage locally grown in the rich black dirt of southwestern Minnesota that was harvested mere hours before I buy it. Yum. We go through a lot of cabbage anyway, but this stuff is really good. So I have another COLESLAW recipe! This is an imitation of one I saw at the deli counter of the local grocery store. Rather than pay a premium price for it, I thought, "HEY! I can make that!" So using what I had on hand, I made up the recipe and it was a big hit. It makes a big batch, so it would make a perfect picnic or potluck salad for a crowd. If you follow my blog, you know I like Jimmy's Coleslaw Dressing, made right here in Minnesota and sold at my local grocery store. I used that here, but you could use any creamy style store bought or homemade coleslaw dressing that you like. In fact, Jimmy's makes a pineapple coleslaw dressing, if you used that that you could skip the last two ingredients.

Apple Pecan Coleslaw
1 small head of cabbage (roughly 6-7" diameter)
1 cup pecans
1 apple
1 cup coleslaw dressing
1 can of crushed pineapple drained*

Chop the cabbage and discard the thick, bitter parts. Put in a large bowl. Crush the pecans by putting them in a zipper lock freezer bag, seal the bag and press a rolling pin on the bag of nuts to break them up. Add to the cabbage. Chop the apple into small pieces. Add to the cabbage. Mix the dressing with the pineapple and pour over the cabbage. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the dressing to soften the cabbage and release a little liquid. At this point you'll know if you need a little more dressing or not.

*Note if you are making your own dressing, use the pineapple juice in the dressing for extra flavor!