Although the weather may appear to have other plans, Summer is quickly approaching. My husband along with the majority of our neighbors have already fired up their grills. The aromas of succulent meat, homemade seasonings, and barbecue sauce fill the air. My husband could live on meat alone, but he also knows the sides bring the barbecue together and knows I enjoy certain sides specifically. That is where Laura’s Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw comes into play. The tangy crunch treat comes filled with high-fiber nutritional content and is seriously a recipe to feast upon.
Have you ever feasted on a slaw dog? Or added coleslaw to your hamburger? Whipping up coleslaw to accompany your barbecued foods and burgers is not the only reason to add it to your menu. However, the vegetables in coleslaw count toward the daily recommended amount your body needs. That means adding this veggie twist to anything you eat is undeniably a great idea to promote health and consume the goodness of delicious food.
If you like eating coleslaw with a little bit of heat, you have come to the right place. The recipe I’m sharing below is one of my favorites as it has a mix of delightful spices and veggies.
But before we get into the details of this delicious and delightful “Sweet & Sour Coleslaw” recipe, let’s talk about some essentials.
Coleslaw – Why it Comes with Variations
As I mentioned above, coleslaw makes a delightful option that not only contains healthy nutrients but is also versatile. Even though it is a simple recipe that includes cabbage as its main ingredients, you can make it with a lot of variations.
From spices, herbs, veggies, fruits to heavy dollop of cream, you can choose a variety of ingredients to give it the flavor you want. If you like it salty and spicy, all you need is to add the right dressing (keep on reading to find it). If you like it spicy, you could add in hot sauce, jalapenos, or spices. That means there are a number of ways to enjoy this recipe and make it a part of your worldly cuisine.
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What Can Go Well with Coleslaw?
Well, there is no salad or side dish as versatile and colorful as coleslaw. The tangy salad not only looks good but also rounds out any everyday dinner into something unique and extraordinary. For instance, this sweet & sour coleslaw is delicious enough to serve along with main dishes and can make a savory topping for burgers and sandwiches.
Moreover, if you do not like eating hot dogs, fried fish, and tacos alone, this mouth-watering dish is a perfect item to accompany them. Here are some options;
- Use it as a topping with a fried chicken sandwich
- Have it with baked potatoes
- Combine it with yummy egg rolls (fried or baked)
- Eat it with tofu tacos to spice up your meat-free lunch
- Pair it with shawarma sliders, barbeque, and baked chicken
- Add it to pot pulled chicken or pulled pork
- Top off a hot dog and turn it into a slaw dog!
Top these yummy dishes with sweet & spicy coleslaw and give your meal an upgrade.
What other Vegetables and Fruits Can be added to Coleslaw
One of the interesting features of making this recipe is that you can add a variety of veggies and fruits to it. From spring onions, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, and crunchy fennel to zucchini, cilantro, apple, and lime, anything that suits your taste buds can go well with a delicious dressing. I usually add apples to this coleslaw recipe, which many people may find odd.
Generally, apples are not a part of spicy dressings, but this is what distinguishes this coleslaw recipe from the rest. Adding apples in the dressing creates a crunchy and sweet foundation and brings a unique punch your taste buds will surely love.
Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw
The recipe takes a few simple ingredients and can be prepared within minutes.
- 2 apples, finely diced
- 1 pack of Spicy ranch
- 1 cup of honey mustard from Ken’s
- 16 to 17 oz coleslaw mix with carrots
- 1 to 2 cups of ranch dressing
Directions for Homemade Coleslaw
Mix ranches together in a bowl.
Add the honey mustard and mix.
Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mix.
Toss the mixture well and add apples.
Refrigerate and serve.
And it is ready!
How Long Should You Keep Coleslaw?
Ideally, not too long! And the reason is pretty simple. You should not freeze anything that uses cabbage in the raw form within the salad range. They typically are not frozen items, nor do they freeze and thaw well. I prefer to make sweet & spicy coleslaw half an hour before my mealtime and try to use it all at once.
However, if I have leftovers of coleslaw, I make sure to use them in toppings and burgers to create a fun mix of flavors. There are tons of recipes that you can use to transition coleslaw.
So now you know what creative things you can do to make this recipe even more exciting. Here are a few “Don’ts” you need to know when making this super delicious side dish.
Things Not To Do When Making Coleslaw
- Try not to over complicate it – since coleslaw is a mixture of many things, it doesn’t mean that you should add everything you have in the fridge. You need to respect the simplest and barest form of coleslaw.
- Make it closer to time to eat – coleslaw may lose its flavor if you make it way ahead of the time of consumption. You can schedule advance prep and assemble everything before serving.
Make Coleslaw with Cabbage Head
If you do not want to use a pre-made mix, it is okay. I often use it just to save time, but if you’re going to make sweet & spicy coleslaw with a cabbage head, you can shred or cut it to the proper size. Homegrown cabbages are an ideal choice. They are low in calories and rich in minerals and vitamins.
- 16 oz coleslaw mix with carrots
- 1 cup ranch
- 1 cup Ken’s honey mustard
- 2 apples diced
- 1 packet of Spicy ranch
1) in a bowl, mix together the spicy ranch packet with plain ranch. That will give you a spicy ranch.
2) In another bowl mix the spicy ranch and honey mustard together.
3) Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mix. Toss the coleslaw well so that the sauce is evenly distributed.
4) Add the apples and mix & toss the coleslaw again. Refrigerate until ready to serve