Coleslaw, also known as cole slaw or slaw, is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage dressed commonly with mayonnaise or vinaigrette. It is eaten as a side dish usually accompanying fried rice, jollof rice, fried chicken, barbecued meats, french fries or potato salad. It also may be used as a sandwich ingredient, placed on barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs along with chilli and hot mustard. Many people mistake Slaw for Salad, which is a different dish, although not entirely. The major difference is that Salad contains more ingredients and Coleslaw just has 5. That way, some say Coleslaw is made from incomplete salad ingredients. Also, some further research brings a little difference between Slaw and Coleslaw. Slaw without the Cole is just a shredded or chopped salad of raw vegetables, coated in a vinegar-based dressing, while with the Cole has that the raw, chopped vegetables as primarily cabbage. With this, we can say Slaw features any crunchy veggie in place of cabbage, including chopped or shredded broccoli, carrots, snow peas, jicama, and more.
The health benefits of the primary ingredient in Coleslaw – Cabbage is numerous. It tends to be greater when it is eaten raw, which is an advantage that coleslaw has over other dishes made from cabbage. Cooking destroys the delicate myrosinase enzymes that provide cabbage with its cancer-fighting compounds.In addition to its cancer-fighting ability, cabbage lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol, is a good source of fiber, and is high in vitamin C and vitamin K. It also provides you with calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, manganese and folate. It is also high in glutamine, an amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to all these health benefits, cabbage is also low in calories, at only 50 calories per cup. How To Make: There are various types of Coleslaw, the ingredients used being the determinant of each type. PS: If you have a choice between picking green cabbage or red cabbage, go for the red. Red cabbage is even healthier than its green counterpart, containing more than four times the cancer-fighting polyphenols. There are elow, we will serve you two types of the side-dish. 1. Classic Coleslaw Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise,1 tablespoon honey, 1½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ¾ teaspoon celery seeds, ½ medium green cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 4 cups), ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, ½ medium red cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 4 cups), 2 medium carrots, peeled; julienned or grated. Read also: 5 Foods Rich In Vitamin B12 That You Should Know Directions: In a large bowl, whisk mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, salt, celery seeds and pepper to combine. Then add green and red cabbage and carrots for dressing and toss to coat. Cover it and chill until ready to serve. Creamy Coleslaw Ingredients: 1 head green cabbage, finely shredded, 3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise, 2 large carrots, finely shredded, 2 tablespoons grated Spanish onion, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste, 2 teaspoons celery salt, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, Salt and freshly ground pepper Directions: In a large bowl, mix shredded cabbage and carrots. Whisk mayonnaise, onion, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, celery salt, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Then add to the cabbage mixture. Combine well and taste for seasoning. Add more salt, sugar or pepper if desired. NOTE: The excessive consumption results in increase intestinal gas that causes flatulence and bloating due to trisaccharide raffinose. It may also lead to blockage of intestines and diarrhoea. As you know too much of everything is bad, keep it in check. Photos Credit: KOKO/Getty