salad days: creamy cabbage slaw & a tuna sandwich

Okay, another salad recipe since summer is creeping up quick. Last weekend was hot…this past week, not so much, but I have hope. This weekend promises sunshine and warmth and I’m eager for endless months of good weather. Of course, I live in the Pacific Northwest where hold-steady weather is just a pipe dream. Oh well. At least I have a cool summery slaw by my side.

This is pretty simple to whip up. Just chop up the vegetables thinly and you’ve got a nice treat. If my garden would start production, I would have thrown in some fresh dill but I made do without and this slaw still kicked butt.

The photo above was Sunday’s outdoor dinner. See my beet salad makes an appearance, so does the creamy slaw…but I also made another salad of sorts, a tuna fish salad sandwich. 3 salads for dinner! I had some cottage cheese to use up so instead of sticking with my standard tuna recipe, I played with this version from Simply Recipes and came up with an extra creamy sandwich. I used a green tarragon mustard so that added another dimension of flavour. It was pretty delish. Recipe below.

Notice the beer? This was just a local bottled pale ale but it does make a nice little segway into my latest post for the Food Network blog on cask ales. What’s a cask ale? Why is it flat and warm? Is it delicious?

19 comments to “salad days: creamy cabbage slaw & a tuna sandwich”

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    Sylvie   May 23, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Some more great salad recipes!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   May 23, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Mmmm, I like the look of your three salad dinner. Perfect for hot days. Maybe we’ll get some of those…in June?

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    andrew   May 23, 2008 at 9:00 am

    slaw looks great…will definitely be trying that…and you can never go wrong with a tuna sandwich!

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    Dawn   May 23, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I never thought of adding cottage cheese to tuna salad. What a good idea.
    Thank you for sharing. I will be making this soon!
    Happy weekend!

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    erin   May 23, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Both of those salads look great. I love the use of cottage cheese in the slaw recipe. Also, beets are amazing in salad! This recipe sounds great.

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    hag   May 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    love the look of that tuna salad sandwich…so creamy looking! What about ricotta cheese? Do you think that would work?

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    Jen   May 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I was in Vancouver last weekend, and everyone kept saying it was so much warmer than it usually is, but that it was very welcome after the seemingly endless winter. You’ve got a lovely city, by the way. Actual beaches in the actual city that one can use. How novel a concept 🙂 Here in Boston, not so much.

    Anyway, your cole slaw is an interesting take on the tradition–I prefer creamy to vinaigrette slaws, so I’ll have to give yours a whirl. thanks for sharing!

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    jen   May 25, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Love a good ‘slaw. Always on the look out for new ones to try 🙂 And with the weather getting better, bring it on…

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    Eliz   May 25, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    This is one of the best food blogs that I’ve come across. These images have such a cool vibrancy to them. And the food/recipes are divine. Will definitely try that tuna salad.

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    kickpleat   May 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    definitely sylvie, summer is the perfect time to eat lots of salads!

    i’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, lynn!

    so true, andrew! it’s a nice slaw and i usually like the vinegar-based ones best.

    dawn, i never have done it either. it worked nicely with that left-over cottage cheese!

    hag, why not! i think it would add some nice creaminess and if you add in some fresh herbs it would be pretty lovely!

    thanks, ventures!

    i love our city too, jen. glad you had a great time! if you like creamy slaws, you should love this one!

    jen, i love slaws too! there are so many variations and this is a lovely version.

    thanks for stopping by, eliz and thanks for the nice words!

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    jessica.celion   May 27, 2008 at 1:38 am

    hmm….i just love sandwiches

    jasmine celion

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    EB   May 27, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    As a kid I hated the coleslaw that was at every meal (southern family and all) but as an adult the taste has become something I really, really, dig. I love your take on it. Thanks!

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    coopernicus   May 27, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Awesome. I make tuna fish A LOT these days. I will try your variation. I would also add some dill and fresh chopped basil. Great stuff.

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    kickpleat   May 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    jasmine, who doesn’t? 😉

    thanks eb! this is a pretty tasty version considering i do really like the vinegar versions best!

    coopernicus, fresh herbs would be great in this!

    thanks aria 🙂

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    aria   May 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    mmmm that sammich and slaw look fabulous!!

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    Bijoux   June 3, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I just returned home yesterday from the Greek land of hot and hotter and it’s raining outside today *sigh*. What a dreadful way for T.O. to welcome me home. I guess I’ll stay indoors today and catch up on my e-mails and blog reading, do some laundry and eat some delicious Greek dark chocolate.

    Anything with sour cream in it is my best friend! Another great salad recipe to add to my summer salad collection.

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    Ivy Mae   June 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

    The slaw was great! I made it for dinner, and both the husband and I had it with lunch today. Thanks!

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    PerfectPear   June 19, 2008 at 7:53 am

    I love, love, love cold dinners. I can’t wait to try the slaw…

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    Dazy   June 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I'm making this for lunch today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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