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No Mayo Coleslaw

You might think since I have a cooking blog and am continually sharing recipes that I’m some kind of cooking perfectionist who never has flops in the kitchen, but that just isn’t reality. Is there such a thing as a person who makes every meal/recipe perfectly?! I have always loved coleslaw and traditionally have made it with a creamy mayo sauce. This delicious mayo-free slaw is slightly adapted from Greg Carver‘s.

It is perfectly light with just a hint of sweetness and really gives a mayo coleslaw a run for it’s money. I made it using only green cabbage but it would be even more colorful if you have some red cabbage on hand as well.

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Ingredients

5-6 cups finely shredded green cabbage (or a mix of green and red) 1 carrot, shredded 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried) 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s is one of my favorites) 1 tablespoon raw honey salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Mix the oil, vinegar and honey. Add remaining ingredients and toss well to coat, Make shortly before serving. After long term storage the cabbage tends to get soft.Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin2.2http://thischickcooks.net/2013/08/03/no-mayo-coleslaw/

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Print Grapefruit Avocado Salad

4-5 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt heaping 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup good olive oil 4 ripe avocados 2 large grapefruits

Instructions

Mix mustard, lemon, salt and pepper and whisk in olive oil to make a dressing. Peel the avocado and remove the seed and cut into pieces. Coat the pieces in the dressing to prevent them from browning. Peel the skin off the grapefruit using a sharp knife and then cut the grapefruit into slices in between the membranes. Serve atop a bed of fresh greens, topping with the homemade dressing.Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin2.2http://thischickcooks.net/2013/06/08/grapefruit-avocado-salad/

 

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