Picnic on July 4th? Of course! It’s the American thing to do.
So of course, we need to bring typically American food.
Like cole slaw.
Which has become an iconic American picnic dish but is actually not an American recipe at all. Cole slaw (which means “cabbage salad”) was originally a Dutch specialty.
Nevertheless, we Americans love it so much we have claimed it as our own and it is therefore perfectly perfect for any Fourth of July celebration.
Two Color Cabbage Slaw
4 cups packed shredded green cabbage
2 cups packed shredded purple cabbage
2 finely chopped carrots
3 chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch or two of cayenne pepper, optional
Place the green and purple cabbage shreds in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of kosher salt and toss to distribute the ingredients evenly. Let rest for 45 minutes. Rinse the cabbage and wipe the shreds dry on paper towels. Place the shreds in a large bowl. Add the carrots, scallions, parsley and dill and toss the ingredients. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, cider vinegar and sugar. Whisk the ingredients and pour over the vegetables. Toss the ingredients and let rest for at least 15 minutes. Before serving, taste for seasoning and add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
Makes 8 servings