long summer weekends: my take on sam’s slaw

my take on sam's slaw | everybody likes sandwiches

For nearly the past week, the entire Pacific Northwest has been given a heat advisory. Coming from Ontario where the summers are hot and muggy, this advisory – where temperatures got up to just over 30° C (aka 86° F), is almost laughable. But living in Vancouver for 17 years now, I’ve begun to learn it’s peculiarities. I’ve adapted to this moderate climate where it’s rare to find anyone with icy air conditioning and when it snows, the city turns to panic. So like a born and bred Vancouverite, I’m melting. Go ahead and laugh, we’re weather wimps. Yet, I love the sunshine and the breeze and I’ll take the mugginess if it means no rain and clear blue skies for grey clouds. I’m thrilled, weather warnings be damned.

my take on sam's slaw | everybody likes sandwiches

All the heat means it’s salad time. I made this slaw for a Canada Day barbecue that we had this past long weekend with some friends and it got rave reviews. It’s different because of the addition of hard boiled eggs which makes for a distinctly creamy slaw along with poppy seeds for a refreshing crunch. It’s a mayo based dressing and while I usually favour vinegar based vinaigrettes, I decided to play along. I did cut the amount of mayonnaise with some greek yogurt for extra tang and as a back-up, in went some cider vinegar along with some lemon zest. It was a very good move.

my take on sam's slaw | everybody likes sandwiches

This is a very comforting and down-home kind of coleslaw, the perfect thing to share at your next friendly summer gathering. Eat outdoors and have a cold drink nearby.

my take on sam's slaw | everybody likes sandwiches

my take on sam’s slaw
(adapted from A Sweet Spoonful)

1 head green cabbage, finely sliced
4 green onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
3  hard-boiled eggs, cooled and chopped
handful of fresh basil, finely sliced
handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
zest of 1 lemon
2 T Dijon mustard
1/4 c mayonnaise, plus more if you like (part plain Greek yogurt is good too)
1 – 2 T cider vinegar
1 t honey
1/4 t paprika
salt + pepper, to taste
3 T poppy seeds

Add the finely sliced cabbage, along with the green onions, celery, eggs, lemon zest, basil and parsley into a large bowl.

In a measuring cup, mix together the dijon, mayonnaise, vinegar, paprika, honey and salt & pepper. Taste & adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Toss the slaw together with the dressing and then add in the poppy seeds and toss again. Serve immediately. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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6 comments to “long summer weekends: my take on sam’s slaw”

  1. 1
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit   July 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I love poppy seeds in my slaw, but I’ve never seen hard boiled eggs before. I’m diggin’ it. This would be awesome on basically any sandwich, I bet.

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    Caz   July 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Looks like a great salad. I like the idea of mixing in Greek yoghurt and poppy seeds are just lovely in salads. I totally understand your feelings about the weather, as a British girl we are pretty obsessed with our weather, mainly because it’s so dreadful. I hear there is sun coming for the weekend so this salad would be perfect!

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    Joanne   July 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

    People can be so funny when it comes to heat and snow! Glad to hear you’re surviving the heat wave. :P This slaw sounds super tasty!

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    kickpleat   July 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Sarah, the hard boiled eggs is what intrigued me! It’s super delicious and yes to throwing some on a sandwich. I like the way you think :)

    Caz, here too! It’s rainy quite often, but we’ve got a nice good stretch of heat and sunshine, so I’ll take it. Happy sunny days to you too!

    Thanks Joanne, it’s a good one & all our friends loved it too :)

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   July 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I know you chop up your own cabbage and I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t. I buy the pre-chopped bags of slaw. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let me say that adding boiled egg to cabbage is sheer brilliance! And basil too! … So interesting!

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    kickpleat   July 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Joanne, you could totally use those pre-chopped bags – I don’t judge! The egg works well :) Enjoy!

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