Sunday, May 22, 2016

Vita Mix Coleslaw

I brought this to the last activity, the one day retreat, of the St. John the Baptist (Plum, PA) Christ Alive Session two Saturdays ago. We had a pot luck lunch consisting of salads, desserts and Subway sandwiches.

Jack Patnik, head of the team, giving instructions to the retreatants. In the foreground are the tempting desserts.  My oh my.  

Peggy poses at the sumptuous array of food served at lunch.

Sue poses in front of the brownies she brought, one of many desserts that we enjoyed that day.
The heart of any salad is the dressing.  This one is sour from the cider vinegar sweetened by sugar or Splenda. I did add oil which can be skipped.  I added the dry onion, garlic and red pepper flakes for added flavor.  It is a simple and flexible recipe.  It is also delicious with any salad vegetables you choose.

As in most traditional slaws, cabbage was the main ingredient with the addition of carrots, radishes and green onions but other vegetables and fruit like apples can be used.  I added raisins for added sweetness to complement the acidity of the vinegar and crunchiness of the hardy vegetables.

As I was taking out my food processor, I eyed my seldom used Vita Mix Blender and decided to use it instead to prepare the vegetable salad.  It was convenient and easy.  I tried to keep the vegetables to be coarsely chopped by using the lowest Variable setting of 1.  

This is an ideal go to salad to bring to pot lucks since it goes well with burgers, ribs and meat sandwiches. Try it next time you have a picnic or family gathering. It is an alternative to mayonnaise based salads that are usually brought to these affairs.  

Vita Mix Coleslaw

Vegetable Salad
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, cored and cut into quarters
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 8 radishes, cut in half if big sized
  • 8 stalks green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dry minced onions
  • 2 tsp dry garlic flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dry red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable Salad

Place the cabbage, carrots, radishes and green onions according to the sequence in the list in the Vita Mix blender and blend using the Variable 1 setting till vegetables are coarsely cut..  You can use your food processor too or other brand of blender.

Transfer the vegetables into a bowl and add the raisins.  A few hours before serving add the dressing.


Place all the ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake till thoroughly mixed with the lid on. Pour over the vegetable salad.

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