Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aunt Dorothy's Cabbage Slaw

My Venture into Slaw:

My mother mentioned to me recently that her aunt (my great aunt) used to make this wonderful cabbage slaw. I'm not a big cabbage person so this recipe did not initially appeal to me. It also seemed kind of weird to have uncooked ramen noodles as a primary ingredient. My mother dug out the recipe and told me that I should try it sometime. I had planned to dismiss her recommendation – as I had ignored her advice to buy stock in Microsoft twenty years ago.

A few days later, I was writing down my grocery list and saw the recipe on my kitchen counter. Since I was going to the store, I thought I would go ahead and get the ingredients and give it a try. After all, I already had most of the ingredients in my pantry so, if I ended up throwing it all out, it would not have been a huge waste of money.

I mixed all of the ingredients together and made myself a plate of the cabbage slaw and sat down for a light lunch. I have to tell you this. I was hooked after my first bite. It was crunchy. It was slightly sweet. It was slightly tart. It was everything you would have ever wanted in a salad. The ramen noodles made a perfect addition. I loved it and fully plan to add this recipe to my repertoire. I did tweak Aunt Dorothy's recipe a little bit, however. The original recipe had 2 TBSP sugar and 3 TBSP of vinegar. As you will see below, I bumped those up a little bit but feel free to add the original amounts. Make sure you add the dressing immediately before serving. Otherwise, you will lose that wonderful crunch.

Is it possible my mother knew what she was talking about when she said I should try this slaw? I will have to contemplate this further as I eat some more of this crunchy slaw while looking up Microsoft's current stock price. Enjoy – and happy crunching!

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Aunt Dorothy’s Cabbage Slaw
(Printable Version)

1/2 head cabbage (medium), chopped

1 cup shredded carrots
3 green onions (scallions), minced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1 pkg Ramen Noodles (Any flavor but I normally use Chicken )

Break up the ramen into small pieces and add them to a large bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir to combine.

2 TBSP sugar (but I normally add 3 TBSP)

3 TBSP vinegar (but I normally add 4 TBSP)
Seasoning packet from the Ramen Noodles
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Vigorously whisk the first three ingredients together to dissolve the sugar. Slowly add the oil while continuing to whisk vigorously. Add the dressing immediately before serving and stir to combine.


  1. Mmmm. . . Sounds good! It's hard to find good coleslaw recipes. Most I come across are bland. I prefer coleslaw that is crisp and slightly sweet. I will have to try this!

  2. If you like your salads crunchy, you'll love this recipe. Unlike traditional slaws, this recipe does not contain mayonnaise -- which makes it perfect for picnics. Just toss all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the dressing in a separate bowl. You can then combine them right before eating at your favorite picnic location.

  3. This sounds good. How many does this serve? I'm having a party this weekend with about 15 people. Should I double this?

  4. It makes a lot but I would double it if you're serving 15 people. Am I invited to this party! :-)

  5. your salad is invited! i would invite you but don't know if you are in orange county.

  6. LOL! Alas, I live in Kansas so I won't be able to join you. Have a wonderful party!


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