This weeks I Heart Cooking Clubs theme is Salads et Vinaigrettes. I was going to make one of Jacques's Caesar salad variations, but when I saw this Curried Coleslaw recipe in Essential Pépin, and saw the recommendation to serve it with fish, I knew I had to make it and pair it with a nice piece of local opah (moonfish). I made a few small changes to the recipe (adding more curry, mixing green and purple cabbage for color, and swapping out half of the mayo for Greek yogurt), noted in red below.
Jacques says, "A dash of curry gives this coleslaw an interesting tang. An invigorating accompaniment, it's perfect with fish. It can be made ahead; the slaw will keep, refrigerated, for a couple of days."
Adapted from Essential Pépin by Jacques Pépin
1 small head cabbage or 1/2 larger head (about 1 1/4 lbs) (I used a mix of purple & green cabbage)
1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used 3 Tbsp vegan mayo + 3 Tbsp Greek yogurt)
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp curry powder (I used 2 tsp)
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded on the large holes of a grater (about 1 cup)
Trim cabbage, removing and discarding any damaged parts. Shred or cut it into very thin strips. (You should have 5 to 6 lightly packed cups.)
Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the finished coleslaw. Add the cabbage and carrot to the dressing and mix well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate to serve later.
Notes/Results: Yum! This recipe may have turned me into a coleslaw lover--so fresh, tangy, and crisp with great flavor. Just one teaspoon of curry seemed light to me, so I doubled it and found it brought the flavor forward, but without overpowering the rest of the plate. Because of the flavorful coleslaw, I kept the opah simple--seasoning it with salt, pepper and just a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning, and adding some steamed sugar snap peas for a bit of green on the plate. A fast and simple meal. I will make it again.
You can see what salads and dressings caught the other IHCC participants fancy by checking out the picture links on the post here.