With an incredible feta dressing and spicy pecans this simple cabbage salad is elevated far beyond your typical slaw. Thought you didn’t like coleslaws? This may prove you wrong! It keeps well, too, making it perfect for potlucks & BBQ’s.
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Oh my goodness, do you ever create a recipe that just wows you at the first bite? That’s this recipe for me. I was expecting this cabbage salad with creamy feta vinaigrette to have good flavor (um, hello feta – I have a little love affair with you), I just wasn’t expecting to be that good!
You can obviously call this a coleslaw, but “shaved cabbage salad” just sounds better to me, especially because combined with the creamy feta dressing (and more feta in the salad – yes, please) and the spiced nuts, this is definitely an ‘upscale’ slaw.
But one that’s easy to make and that everyone will love – I promise.
In fact, my son can take or leave cabbage (preferably leave…), but he said this was “really good, for a slaw.”
Okay, not everyone will love it like I do, but most people will like it – making it a wonderful thing to bring to potlucks and barbecues. And there will always be those like me who will be begging you for the recipe, ha!
Plus it’s easy to make ahead and keeps well for a day dressed, or longer with the dressing on the side.
Shaved Cabbage Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing
To make this salad, you’ll want to start with the dressing to give a chance for the flavors to blend. You will have extra dressing, which is a good thing, because this is a yummy vinaigrette for any salad!
I like coleslaws (vinaigrette-based only, though), as you may have figured out from our other recipes like Cumin-Lime Slaw, Spicy Asian Slaw, and Caesar Slaw, and I think I’ve tried all the ways there is to cut cabbage thinly over the years. With a knife, splitting the layers, with a food processor, hand grated, and with a mandoline. A knife is time consuming for large amounts, a food processor makes the pieces too little and uneven, and hand grating produces more of a slaw pulp (yeah, just as yummy as it sounds….).
The mandoline is the winner in my book, since I like the cabbage to be shaved in larger pieces (after trying a number of brands, this is the moderately priced mandoline slicer I use and love). Larger pieces seem to hold up better – even a few days later it’s not a soggy as grated slaws, which is what helps make it a good make-ahead option.
It’s also easy to use the mandoline to slice the sweet onion for this recipe, adding a rough chop after to make the onion pieces a bit smaller.
You can use all one color of cabbage, but mixing purple and green makes for a prettier salad and you get the health benefits that come with different colored vegetables.
This easy & healthy spiced nuts recipe made with just pecans to hold the spices well work perfectly. You can use any type of spicy flavored nuts you want, even a maple-glazed nut like this would be good here. And walnuts would be a good nut choice, too.
I’d love to know if you like this as much as I do – this is moving to the top of our slaw list for sure!
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