Convert the Cabbage Haters with this Mayo-Free Slaw

Photo by Jasmine Pulley

Photo by Jasmine Pulley

You know the recipes that totally change your life? That proves to you that either:

A. You’ve been avoiding a certain food for most of your life that actually tastes really good.

B. You must be such a good cook because you made something that has no leftovers in sight.

Double points if the recipe fits both categories. For me, this cabbage slaw with honey cilantro dressing does. It’s a reminder that we should always be trying foods (more than once), even if we think we don’t like them. Because chances are, we just had a bad experience as a kid when our taste buds weren’t fully developed, or the food was not prepared in a way that made it live up to its full potential.

Truth told — I’m not a picky eater. But there are a few things that I just couldn’t do, until I forced myself to give them another chance. Cabbage, mussels, clams, and mayonnaise are on my no list. There. I said it. Except, after this recipe, now I can take cabbage back! And yes, you’re looking at a mayonnaise-free slaw. Because, you know, baby steps.

Cabbage Slaw with Spicy Honey-Cilantro Dressing
(Makes approximately 2 servings)

This is one of my very favorite salads — and a great way to convert other people into cabbage lovers. It’s great on its own, or as a taco filling.

  • 1 organic chicken breast, or 4 thin-cut chicken tenders, or 1 medium piece wild fish, or 8 wild prawns
  • 4 cups precut cabbage slaw, or ½ head green cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 ear organic corn, kernels sliced off
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

Cook chicken, fish, or shrimp on the stovetop or grill on the barbecue over high heat, flipping after you get a good sear on the first side. Slice or keep whole to serve. In the meantime, make dressing (recipe below). Add cabbage, pinto beans, corn, peppers, and avocado to a large bowl. Toss salad with dressing. Add grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp over the top, and garnish with extra cilantro.

Spicy Honey-Cilantro Dressing
(Makes approximately 2 servings)

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (or more, if you like spice)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small limes, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Combine all ingredients in the blender.
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