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

12 comments to “slaw & order: sweet and sour coconut coleslaw with mint, coconut, and dates”

  1. 1
    Rachel   July 4, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Thank you!! Love HubBub’s slaw and have wanted to try to recreate it myself. You are awesome. 🙂

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    tasteaholics   July 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Oooh I love slaw! This looks like a cool spin on cole slaw. I’ll give it a try on the weekend I think! 🙂

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    Michelle   July 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I made this tonight with fish tacos and we all lived it, including my 3 year old!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   July 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    That looks perfect for the weekend!

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    Roz   July 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Looks DEE-LISH – will be making soon! Wishing you a speedy recovery. X

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    Sherry   July 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    So happy that you’re n the mend, Jeanette! Best wishes for your remaining recovery time! Hope you’re getting some good reads in.

    The idea of a slaw with coconut, mint, and dates is TOTALLY NEW to me, and sounds wondrous! Thanks so much: I can’t wait to try it. I bet you could put in some diced/slivered mango, maybe in place of the cranberries/currants … yum.

    Take care, girl!

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    Lois | lotofcoffee   August 24, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Awesome recipe. I loved it. My friends are coming this weekend and will try out this recipe. One thing I liked is the ingredients can be easily available. I just pray to god for your quick recovery. Once you are fit and fine continue to share with this kind of recipes.

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    Honeybee   January 11, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Yum, yum, yum. I love slaw. In winter, I feel there is nothing like slicing half a head of red (my preferred one) cabbage and then feeling oh so happy AND virtuous over dinner! I sometimes add plenty of chopped parsley, some grated parmesan, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Or sesame oil, rice vinegar and sriracha. I definitely must try your recipe, too!

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    Carlton L. Barnes   March 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

    LOVED the combination of coconut and dates. Much appreciated for the sharing

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    Sarah Snell   March 21, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Yum! Thanks for the great variations for each of your terrific recipes. Such usable ideas; I love your site.

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    Catering Albuquerque | Maria   September 25, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    What a delicious combination for this slaw recipe! I really must make this very soon! Thanks for sharing!

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    Karla   July 8, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic.Thanks for posting easy and healthy recipes from make for us young people. Without a doubt one of the best recipes I have seen.

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