I started testing all different kinds of slaw a couple of years ago. I wanted to settle on a particular type that I liked. This year I went back and retested again... vinegar... those with fruit (yuk) etc etc. The clear winner was the one I had concocted from the first round of tests.
My best friend, Tim O'Leary, tested each and every one and gave a thumbs up to the current version. Unfortunately, Tim passed away a short while ago. No, it was not the cole shaw that did him in. I am naming this recipe after him as I suspect he would think it was a hoot to do so. If you feel you have any suggestions on how it could be improved, then let me know, and I will go and dig Tim up and tell him he has one more test to run.
Tim O'Leary's Cole Slaw
Note: You can use slivered almonds instead of sliced if you want and you could toast them. Also I am cutting back a little on the lemon and vinegar amounts these days. The pea pods are the thin ones not the sugar snap. Pinch the ends off then rinse.
1/2 head napa cabbage, chopped 1/2 inch long, no more than 1 inch
1 cup cabbage sprouts or green cabbage, chopped fine
1/4 cup onion, grated (add more if you want)
1 tbls corn or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tbls rice wine vinegar
2 tbls lemon juice
1 tsp dry mustard
2 tbls sugar (add more if you want it sweeter)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise (homemade or Hellmans)
2 to 4 tbls cream or milk to thin mixture (or more buttermilk)
1/2 - 1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pea pods - blanched in salted water 2 min then put in ice bath
Note: The napa cabbage should be no greater than 1 inch strips. The sprouts or green cabbage should be a little more finer cut. The pea pods should be cut in about 1/2 inch pieces. The carrot should be cleaned and using a vegetable peeler cut strips and then cut these into about 1 inch pieces.
Optional: 1/2 tablespoon caraway seeds or celery seeds
In a serving bowl combine all ingredients except cabbage, peapods, almonds and carrot. Whisk till mooth.
Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine. Let sit for at least an hour in the frig.