Raw vegetable slaw with creamy garlic dressing


Hi!  I haven´t been blogging much lately and it certainly has not been through the lack of interest or because I haven´t been cooking. I am finishing up my school year and  it has been exceptionally tiring. Still, I am not compaining. My holidays begin on Tuesday at  4:00. I truly cannot believe it. There are many who think that teachers don´t deserve the holidays they have but I just ignore them.  So, if any of you hear a peculiar celebratory yelp around that time on Tuesday, you will know that it is me, galloping out of work hahah!! And yes, I mean galloping.

As I said, I have been cooking and one of the things I made recently is the recipe chosen from my cooking group Cookthebookfridays .  I should mention that I am enjoying being in the group so much and the cookbook is really a gem. I am learning a lot. I was interested in this recipe because you can use any combination of the following: cabbage (red or green), endives, carrots, beets, apples, broccoli or cauliflower, radishes, fennel, avocados or hard boiled eggs. Seeing the lovely variety, I decided to double the original amounts and make it into a lunch. So instead of 6 cups of ingredients, I made 12.  I ended up using red cabbage, carrots, beets, radishes, apples, broccoli and avocado. Don´t be turned off by the apples guys. they actually work in a salad.

The dressing for the recipe was inspired by something called aïoli which I am quite familiar with because it is often used in Spain. It is a garlic mayonnaise which is not hard to make and it is often used to dip in bread, chips (french fries), croquettes and so forth. It is delicious and I will tell you right now that it is ten times better homemade. If you are interested in making it, check out the recipe here.



My husband and I liked the recipe very much. I think I prefer things just a bit less creamy, especially in a salad but I would still make this again, perhaps with some leftover rotisserie chicken as is suggested in the recipe.  A variation on this recipe is to use a garlic vinaigrette instead of a creamy dressing. I decided to make this variation today as my starter for lunch. I did not have the same variety of vegetables but it didn´t matter. I cannot share David Lebovitz´s recipe for garlic vinaigrette but here is a recipe that looks good. I did not use the lemon juice as it suggests and I used a sherry vinegar which was lovely.


So, which dressing is better? In my opinion, the aïoli. the vinaigrette is good but doesn´t impress me the same way that the other did.

I am looking forward to reading the reactions of others to this recipe. If you are interested too, check out the Cookthebookfridays .

Enjoy! xxx Natascha





33 thoughts on “Raw vegetable slaw with creamy garlic dressing

  1. The apples were the best part! Glad you enjoyed yours so much!

  2. Both of your salads look good. I prefer the creamy dressing as it is a nice change. It’s
    so easy to prepare and taste wonderful. Enjoy your time off on Tuesday as well as the
    rest of your holiday.

  3. I agree that apple works wonderfully in a salad like this. The apples in our market are a little sad right now, so I skipped it this time (When I revisit it in the fall, I’ll be using apples, for sure.) I love your choices for the salad and think doubling the recipe is a wise choice!

  4. This looks delicious, Natascha! And teachers most definitely deserve their vacation time! Have a wonderful and relaxing summer! xo

  5. This would be a perfect summer hot day meal. I prefer vinaigrette as well, but these harder raw veggies require an aioli otherwise did you let it sit in vinaigrette for hours?
    And yes, teachers deserve every break they get. I worked in an office and then became a teacher (now SAHM) and teaching is quite demanding and stressful. You need those breaks 🙂 Enjoy your summer.

    1. I agree. I served it on a hot day and everybody was happy. I did not let it sit in the vinaigrette for long. Still…it just lacked what the creamy dressing had. That is so great that you became a teacher! What did you teach? I feel so burned out and my students dont deserve my impatience and disinterest. Thank you so much! 😍😍

      1. I taught English as a Second Language but stopped after my son was born. I was burnt out as well – mostly from the administration. Then we moved to another state. In the USA each state requires a different test for licensing and I just decided I didnt want to bother anymore – but still haven’t figured out what to do! Its been 9 years!

      2. It must be hard to go back after do much time! And really, the different requirements of each state make it a very exhausting and costly affair. I do wish you the best in finding a career path and I think you did the right thing in taking time off when your son was born. 😘😘😘😘

  6. I’ve only made the vinaigrette and loved it, so I can’t wait to make the aioli version. It’s on the list for tomorrow’s 4th of July BBQ. And of course you used sherry vinegar: You’re in Spain!

  7. Happy holidays Teach! I have been making variations of this raw slaw (with the same dressing – different oils) for the past month!

  8. I too was surprised that the apples were good in this salad. Thanks for the input on the vinaigrette vs aioli. I liked the aioli too.

    1. Sometimes it is those unusual combinations that make a recipe so good. I definitely preferred the aioli. I have to make this again soon ! 😘😘😘😘

  9. Better leave a comment before it closes for this post too haha! I’ve been browsing through your site and you have a lot of interesting recipes. I bookmarked a few to try in future. I tried to leave a comment for those recipes but the section was closed. I like your salad recipe too. I will definitely make it soon.

  10. Your slaw looks gorgeous. And yes, what a good idea, the dressing would be perfect with croquettes! I will have to try that for sure!

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