I LOVE coleslaw and I always have done! My mum loves it so it was always in the fridge and a necessity when it came to eating Cheese Toasties/ Grilled Cheese when we were growing up! Whenever my friends came to our house for lunch the one thing always requested was a Cheese Toastie (Mum had a great toastie maker!) with coleslaw! Generally though coleslaw was not something I made myself....back home in the UK it was just as easy (and delicious!) to buy it from the supermarket. When I moved to Canada however I discovered that the coleslaw from the supermarket was something completely different and I wasn't a big fan so it didn't take me long to start making my own when I needed a coleslaw hit!
This is by far the simplest recipe you will find for coleslaw but it is amazing how many times I'm asked to bring it to a potluck party and for the recipe! People are even more astonished when I tell them how easy it is to make and what's in it. For best results I like to make it an hour or 2 before serving as it allows the flavour of the onion to really come through and mingle with everything, which in my opinion is what makes this coleslaw taste so good. Try it and you'll see!
If you are making this for a party I would suggest doubling this recipe.
½ small white cabbage
¼ small red cabbage
½ red onion
125ml/ ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper and small pinch of salt
Cut the cabbage in half (so that you have 2 quarters) then remove the core before finely slicing it. If you prefer you can pop it in a food processor to make things even easier! Put the cabbage into a large bowl then do the same with the red cabbage.
Wash and peel the carrots then if you have one use a julienne peeler to cut the carrots into long shards. Again though you can just pop it into the food processor or alternatively grate it. Add to the bowl with the cabbage then finely slice the onion into half moons and add to everything else. Add a small sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper then add the mayonnaise. Stir everything together so that it is all evenly coated in the mayonnaise then keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Perfect with so many things and a great Pot Luck Dish for a BBQ, but especially good with Pulled Pork, Beef Burgers, Baked Potatoes and of course my favourite, a Cheese Toastie/ Grilled Cheese!