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May 21, 2013

Make a Memorial Day Side Dish to Appease Any Diet

How to Make a Memorial Day Cole Slaw to Appease Any Diet

Lesley Lassiter details the recipe for this delicious vegan four vinegar cole slaw.

What can you serve this Memorial Day that’s appropriate for every diet? Here, vegetarian blogger Lesley Lassiter offers up a never-fail recipe that’s sure to please.

Have you got a big gathering coming up this holiday weekend with a group of people with varying dietary requirements? It’s really not all that difficult to come up with some side dishes that anyone can eat, whether they’re omnivores, vegetarians or vegans.

I usually prefer to prepare vegan food for these types of events, not just because almost anyone can eat vegan, but because vegan food can stand up better to hours sitting out in the heat or on a buffet table without getting dodgy. This cole slaw recipe is perfect because it can be eaten as a side dish or as a sandwich topping (particularly if you’re having barbecue).

It’s also gluten-free and Paleo-friendly (substitute light olive oil and omit the sugar). Regardless of the diet of your friends, this should be a winner. The four different vinegars give it a taste that’s different from your average cole slaw as well. Even better, it’s very easy to make!

Four Vinegar Cole Slaw Ingredients:

-1 16-ounce package of  finely chopped cabbage-based cole slaw mix
-1/3 cup canola oil
-2 tablespoons white vinegar
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
-1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
-1 tablespoon (vegan) sugar or agave nectar
-A few shakes of celery seed
-A few drops of lemon juice
-Salt and pepper to taste (at least a pinch of each)

Instructions: 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and set aside to marinate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Other side dishes to think about include tomato-couscous salad (make it with quinoa to be gluten-free), tangy tomato salad or a sesame-ginger tofu noodle salad. Any of these dishes will stay good for at least an hour or two at room temperature (or warmer). And they’ll perfectly complement just about anything omnivores are planning to eat!

Whether it’s barbecued tofu or something else you’re having for your Memorial Day feast, have a great holiday weekend and be sure remember those who gave their lives for us to enjoy it!

 



About the Author

Lesley Lassiter
Lesley Lassiter
Lesley Lassiter is a part-time content strategy consultant who started her vegetarian food blog to answer the question "What do you eat?" Among her favorite things are homegrown tomatoes, tea roses, and the Oxford comma. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her omnivore husband and a cheese-etarian daughter. You can find her online at http://lesleyeats.com/.




  • http://twitter.com/SmartFunnyPrity Robin Beaudoin

    Perfect- I needed a lighter cole slaw recipe for Monday. Can’t wait to try this.