My mom has always made her own dressing for coleslaw rather than purchasing it from a bottle. I’ll never forget when I asked her for the recipe many years ago how she laughed and explained there isn’t a recipe. Apparently she had been dumping her ingredients together and just eyeballing and taste testing to make sure it was just right.
I couldn’t understand how anyone could do that.
Just know with no measuring at all.
Until I started to do the very same thing myself.
My mom gave me her best guesstimates over the phone so I could recreate her version. I took that as a base and made it my own by adjusting the ingredients to suite my tastes. (This happened naturally.) I also added chopped apple and cranberries because both my husband and I love the additional texture and sweetness they add. I absolutely adore my moms coleslaw but our recipes are definitely not the same.
And up until now, I’ve been making my own coleslaw the very same way she always had. I simply toss those ingredients together and quickly taste to make sure it is the flavor I’m looking for until it is perfect.
When Kraft asked me to share a favorite recipe through the Tastemakers blogging program, I thought it was the perfect time to write this recipe down. Now others can enjoy my coleslaw as well! Ironically I had a hard time making it taste just right because I couldn’t do my usually heaping spoonfuls or splashes.
After a couple of tries, I think I finally have what very closely resembles my usual coleslaw.
- 1 cup MIRACLE WHIP Salad Dressing
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1½ tablespoons sugar
- 1 pkg. (16 oz.) coleslaw blend (cabbage slaw mix)
- 1 medium crisp apple (such as Granny Smith, Braeburn or Fuji), chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- Whisk salad dressing, milk, vinegar and sugar together in small bowl until well blended.
- In a large bowl, add coleslaw blend, chopped apple and cranberries.
- Pour prepared dressing over top and mix together until well combined.
- Refrigerate until serving, approximately one hour.
Since this recipe is so quick and easy, it is definitely my go-to summer salad. Now I’m all set to start enjoying the food that always comes with warmer weather. I just need to convince my husband it is time to clean up the grill!
***If you are on the hunt for even more ideas such as this, check out Kraft’s coleslaw recipes!
What is your go-to side dish for summer?
Disclosure: This post was created for the Kraft Tastemaker Blogger Program. All thoughts remain my own and are not influenced by the monetary compensation received.