Coleslaw Chef’s Salad

Coleslaw Chef Salad

I love coleslaw and enjoy it as a side with all sorts of foods. This is especially true when the weather warms up. It seems I go from cabbage soup and cabbage and noodles to coleslaw and cabbage salads as the seasons change.

 

I wasn’t looking for my coleslaw to be a side dish this time, though. I was thinking of ways to make it more of a main dish. I had gotten busy with a project this morning and wanted something simple and quick. I came up with a twist on a chef’s salad.

 

I took shredded cabbage and added meat, fruits and dressing,  then topped it with some cashews. Quick to make, and a great choice when you don’t have a lot of time or it is too hot to cook.

 

You can use your own imagination and add other fruits or proteins.  This is a great way to use up leftovers, too. I think I might add peaches and raspberries next time.

So here is the recipe- taking coleslaw from side dish- to main dish.

 

Coleslaw Chef’s Salad

5-6 c. shredded cabbage- cole slaw mix is fine

2 c. cubed cooked meat- I used chicken but use what you like- or use a combination

2 c. fresh fruit- I used blueberries and fresh pineapple but use what you like

1 c. cubed cheese., optional

Dressing:

2/3 c. mayo

3 T. cider vinegar

1 T. sugar

1 t. fresh grated ginger

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Topping:

1/2 c. cashews, optional

Combine cabbage with fruits, meats and cheeses (if using)  in a mixing bowl. In smaller bowl combine the dressing and stir until smooth. Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle cashews on top just before serving. Serves 4.