Gosh it doesn’t get better than this, does it. Easy summer cooking at it’s finest. This easy crunchy slaw salad is the perfect sidekick to anything you may decide to throw on the grill.
We enjoyed it next to the the most life changing Carnitas made by my dear friend, Julie. Like, I haven’t actually stopped thinking about them. They have been in my dreams and in my real life day thoughts. I’m consumed. I promise you the recipe as soon as I can get my hands on it.
The slaw salad sat perfectly next to it. Some smoothness from the buttermilk dressing and lots of crunch from the radishes and celery. It was crispy and bright and cool and just the thing for an eighty five degree summer day, post boating and lake swimming of course.
I actually can’t get this whole meal out of my head, and I think it was due to the perfect experience of the overall day and the fact that a meal was made and served to us. My mom and I always joke about this. She can make the exact same recipe but she swears it tastes better when I do and it’s at my home. Food is funny that way, right? So much more than the actual recipe. It’s all about what is going on with it, and more importantly, that it was something that was made for you.
I will be testing out her killer carnitas in a few weeks and can’t wait to compare. I’m guessing I’m going to like hers better.
CRUNCHY SLAW SALAD
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
1/2 cup really well-shaken buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (if not thickening up, use a smidge more)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons finely minced shallot
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 pound Napa cabbage, cored and thinly sliced crosswise (4 cups or so. I used already shredded slaw from the store)
6 radishes, diced up
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced diagonally
Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved, then whisk in the chives.
Layer cabbage, radishes, and celery on a large platter. Before serving, gently toss with the buttermilk dressing.