Here is another classic barbecue side dish. Coleslaw. Some like it vinegary and tangy, and some like it sweet and creamy. You can probably guess which camp I choose by my title and picture. Sweet and creamy all the way. My mom makes a really good sweet coleslaw that I’ll have to post sometime. It’s pretty similar to this with just a few changes in spice. Hers even includes a bit of chopped banana.
I am not sure if I have the story exactly right or not, but apparently my mom’s coleslaw is so sweet that she made one of my cousins believe it was ice cream. As a kid, we had family get-togethers quite often, and they were always large potluck affairs. Somewhere along the way, one of my cousins who was a picky eater asked that question all moms love to hear, “What is thaaaaaat?” at a family party. Knowing the picky eater was not picky about desserts or junk food, my mom smartly said, “Ice cream.” It worked! The cousin’s face lit up, and he happily ate the coleslaw.
THIS coleslaw is sweet, but I don’t think anyone will mistake it for ice cream.The cabbage, onion, vinegar, and spice keep the sweetness from being too much.
With a few minutes and a few ingredients, you can have great-tasting, sweet coleslaw.
10-Minute Sweet and Creamy Coleslaw
- 1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix (Broccoli slaw is also delicious)
- 2 tablespoons diced yellow or white onion
- 2/3 cup salad dressing (I use light Miracle Whip)
- scant 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
- Combine the coleslaw mix and diced onion in a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the salad dressing, sugar, spices, and vinegar until thoroughly combined.
- Pour dressing mixture over the coleslaw and onion mix and toss to thoroughly coat. Refrigerate until ready to use. (Remember that it will become more moist the longer it sits, so do not make it too far in advance.)