Monday, June 15, 2009

Recipe Favorites: Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Blue Cheese Coleslaw
(Updated and added to Recipe Favorites, June 2009.) I'm a huge fan of coleslaw, and this version with a bit of crumbled blue cheese in the dressing is unique enough to be really interesting. Blue cheese is high in fat, so I cut down the amount of blue cheese quite a bit when I adapted this recipe, and reduced it even more for this updated version, but it takes only a small amount to give this coleslaw a lot of blue cheese flavor. I've made this quite a few times since I first posted it in 2005, so I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to update this recipe with a photo, but finally this recipe is getting the spot it deserves in recipe favorites!

You can definitely use a bag of pre-cut coleslaw mix, but I actually like cutting the cabbage. I cut in thin slices one direction, then turn the cutting board and rough chop the other direction.

The original version didn't have carrots, so if you'd like a phase one version of this recipe, feel free to leave the carrots out. I like the look of the carrots, and only used one carrot to get 1/2 cup of grated carrot.

Bad blogger, I forgot to take a photo of the dressing, which I made in the bowl attachment of my immersion blender. Mix dressing into the cabbage carrot mixture, chill for a bit, and you're done!

Blue Cheese Coleslaw
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, August 2003, but I could not find it on their website.)

1 large head green cabbage or 2 bags coleslaw mix
1/2 cup chopped or grated carrot (1 medium carrot)

Dressing Ingredients:
1 oz. crumbled blue cheese, or a bit more to taste (1 oz. is about 1/4 cup loosely packed crumbled blue cheese)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayo (I used light mayo, do not use fat free which has added sugar)
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 T Splenda or sugar (or more to taste)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Remove outer leaves from cabbage, cut through center and remove corne then chop cabbage well. I like to cut the cabbage into thin slices, then turn cutting board the other way and coarsely chop. You can also use the food processor to buzz it a few times to get uneven sized small pieces. Grate carrot or chop into small pieces. In a bowl combine chopped cabbage and carrots.

Put dressing ingredients in food processor or bowl of immersion blender, blend well, and taste for seasoning. (I don't like my dressing too sweet and I used 2 T Splenda and thought it was just right.) Pour dressing over cabbage and combine well.

Chill 1 hour or more before serving. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper pepper just before serving. This will keep in the refrigerator for a day or so, but it's crisper the day you make it.

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South Beach Suggestions:
In The South Beach Diet Supercharged, the latest South Beach Diet book, blue cheese is allowed but the book cautions to "use sparingly" since it doesn't come in a low-fat version. Since this salad has blue cheese and mayo (even though most mayo has oils that are considered "good fats" for the South Beach Diet) this is probably a "once in a while treat" for any phase of the diet.

More Tasty Coleslaw Ideas for Summer:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Kalyn's Low Carb Coleslaw with Splenda from Kalyn's Kitchen
Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Easy Summer Coleslaw from Gluten Free Cooking School
First-Ever Coleslaw from Nami Nami
Confetti Coleslaw from Christine Cooks
Mustardy Coleslaw from Anne's Food
(Want even more coleslaw recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. Sounds very interesting.

  2. The name of this recipe drew me in immediately - I LOVE blue cheese and really enjoy this time of year. What a combination! My first head of cabbage from the CSA will be done this way!

  3. You are awesome with the cole slaw recipes! My dad loves it, my mom not so much. BUT I think my mom would actually really enjoy it with the blue cheese. And my dad will LOVE it. Thanks again!!


  4. Red Cabbage tastes terrific in a cole slaw with blue cheese.

  5. That is a great looking slaw! I wonder if my husband would notice if I deviated from the 'norm'. Well...we'll try and see!

  6. TW, me too on the blue cheese love.

    Not Martha, I don't think I could ever get tired of coleslaw. There's just something I love about raw cabbage.

    Bev, thanks for the info. I have some red cabbage and some leftover blue cheese too, will definitely try it!

    Trish, if he likes blue cheese I'm guessing he'd like it.

  7. First time commenting here! I have a real soft spot for blue cheese. But I've never had coleslaw with it - sounds truly promising :) Oh, and I'm sure I'm the millionth person telling u this - but you take fabulous pics!

  8. I usually hate cole slaw, I am not a mayo fan, but maybe the blue cheese can win me over:)

  9. Muneeba, thanks for commenting, and for the nice feedback on the photos! (And fun finding your blog too.)

    I have been working on my photos for a long time, but still I see a lot of bloggers who are much better photographers! Always more to learn!

  10. Maria, we're cross commenting! The original version had much more blue cheese and no mayo, you might like that better. I found it too waterey, plus I wanted to cut down on the "bad fat."

  11. love anything with blue cheese so I'm sure this will be a great addition to the summer recipe collection!

  12. I made a version of this a while back- my version has red grapes in it, which is quite a nice complement to the blue cheese (though not as SB friendly!)

    I'll have to give yours a go this summer for one of our beach bbq's.

  13. How creative! I never would have thought to use blue cheese with coleslaw!

  14. Blue Cheese & Coleslaw. Now there's a marriage if I ever saw one. Will absolutely give this a try. Thanks for sharing, Kalyn...

  15. I am a coleslaw fan, too, but get a little tired of eating it with my standard dressing. So thank you for this variation. I love blue cheese and can't wait to try this.

  16. Yummie indeed! I just made an asian coleslaw in my latest post!

  17. This will be great with next weeks bbq-thanks for the recipe.

  18. I have always heard cole slaw with blue cheese is delicious, I can't wait to try out your recipe!! Perfect side for our 4th of July BBQ! Thanks :-)

  19. I love blue cheese in coleslaw, and you're so right that you just need a little. The new picture looks great!

  20. i really love the strong flavor blue cheese gives and this is such a great idea including it in a salad!

  21. A blue cheese dressing on coleslaw sounds so good!

  22. I made this for a bbq yesterday, and it was awesome! The bleu cheese was excellent in it!

  23. So glad to hear you liked it. I'm thinking about trying it with red cabbage next!

  24. Just say the words (blue cheese) and I'll be there :)

  25. This recipe is so delicious. This is my second time around I didn't have blue cheese on hand but it's still good. I have found reduced fat blue cheese crumbs so it doesn't have to be a once in a while (phase 2) treat. Served it with your BBQ Pulled Pork.


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