slaw & order: sweet and sour coconut coleslaw with mint, coconut, and dates

sweet and sour slaw with coconut, mint and dates | everybody likes sandwiches

I’ve had my foot surgery (a tricorrectional osteotomy if you want to know more) and I’m in the midst of convalescing. The surgery went well despite having a highly advanced case of hallux rigidus. I wore a cast for 2 weeks and had to elevate my leg above my heart (toes to nose is a common phrase). Last week the cast came off but keeping my leg elevated is still part of the recovery process – otherwise my right foot and leg swells and the pressure and tightness feels downright awful. Soon I’ll be able to put some light pressure on my toe but since a wedge of bone was removed from my foot, I’ll still have to take it easy for a few more weeks. Did I mention that the recovery process is a slow journey? It’s not very fun. I’m dreaming of when I can bake again or make a complete meal. Or, you know, leave my house and go for a walk. Couch Life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

sweet and sour slaw with coconut, mint and dates | everybody likes sandwiches

But one thing I can do now with a bit of an adjustment in work flow is make a salad. A slaw even! There’s a downtown sandwich joint that serves up a very similar coleslaw. I’m not enamoured by their sandwiches, but their coleslaw is pretty interesting. It has coconut and mint and contains no oil. They called it a “clean” coleslaw but that just feels judgy & privileged to me, so I wanted to play with the concept and came up with this tasty, summery slaw. It has oil in it because I felt it needed some body, along with lime juice for the sour, maple syrup and dates for sweetness, coconut for tropical flair and mint to freshen things up. Salt and pepper and a few dried cranberries and this salad was good to go. I made it for several times before my surgery and I couldn’t wait to get back to making it post-op. It’s good, no judging required.

sweet and sour slaw with coconut, mint and dates | everybody likes sandwiches

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