Thanks to the July 4th holiday, Kroger had a good sale on coleslaw mix last week so I bought a big bag. I used about half of it to make my regular coleslaw and ate that for four days. And then, for some reason, I got tired of it.
Fast forward a few days. I’m rummaging through the fridge and find the remaining coleslaw mix. I also find a container of pineapple tidbits. A little light bulb went on over my head. I got to stirring and mixing and adding, and my new favorite coleslaw was born:Pineapple-Raisin Coleslaw, to be specific.
As with any recipe for coleslaw, ingredients can be adjusted easily for taste, but here’s a basic start:Pineapple-Raisin Coleslaw
2 c. coleslaw mix (or shred your own cabbage and carrots)
1/4 c. pineapple tidbits, well-drained, juice reserved
1 TBSP raisins (I soaked mine in a bit of the pineapple juice)
2 TBSP pineapple coleslaw dressing (“recipe” below)
Stir it all together, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let everything get acquainted.
The result? Cool and creamy and sweet–the perfect companion to a spicier barbecued chicken! I liked it so much that I ate it for breakfast the next morning.
Oh what, like you never ate coleslaw for breakfast. Next thing, you’ll be trying to convince me you never ate bbq chicken for breakfast either. You had me going there for a minute.
So, about this dressing. I’m going to attempt a “best-guess” on the measurements, but to be honest, it was really a glob of this, a squish of that. Taste as you go along.
2 TBSP Miracle Whip Lite Salad Dressing
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Celery Seed
Black Pepper, to taste
1-2 TBSP reserved pineapple juice (it really is a matter of taste)
Stir it all together, or do as I did and put it in a Mason jar and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust as necessary. Cover and refrigerate.
You could use Greek yogurt in place of the Miracle Whip, if that’s not your thing. I use it in my Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw with tasty results.
I still have coleslaw mix left (this is why I don’t buy it very often), so I’m planning to stir up another bowl of Pineapple-Raisin Slaw for the weekend. I can hardly wait!
What’s your favorite coleslaw recipe?