This Meatless Monday, we feature a recipe for Traditional Coleslaw, as well as cabbage growing, storage and preparation tips from our Vermont Fresh: A Fruit and Vegetable Handbook.

Ada Bagalio, a volunteer cooking, tasting and testing recipes out of the Vermont Fresh Handbook worked on this one.  Her comments are below in italics.

Meatless Monday ColeslawMeatless Monday Recipe: Traditional Coleslaw

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cabbage (any type)
  • 2 large carrots
  • ½  cup plain yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¼  teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1.  Chop or grate cabbage and carrots into thin strips.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients in small bowl to make a dressing.
  3. Toss shredded vegetables and dressing.  Chill and serve cold.

Notes from Ada:

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield:  6 servings

Level:  Easy

Flavor:  Good **** 4 stars

Recommend to use ½ cup yogurt and ½ cup mayo. 

Background

Cabbage is a truly old-fashioned vegetable that was praised by the Greeks and Romans for its various health benefits. Back then, cabbage probably looked a little leafier, but it has been bred over the years to form tighter heads. Cabbages are most often green, but red and purple varieties are now popular, as are varieties with savoyed (wrinkly) leaves. Although cabbage sometimes gets a bad reputation as a boring vegetable, it is in fact very versatile, edible raw, cooked, or fermented into sauerkraut.  Additionally, it is a very hardy vegetable that can thrive in difficult climates.

Growing Tips

Like many brassicas, cabbage grows best in cooler conditions. For earlier cabbages, start seeds inside and plant outdoors when the soil begins to warm and frosts are unlikely. For cabbages that you plan to store, plant seeds or transplant seedlings in late June. To avoid fungi that commonly plague cabbages, plant your crop in a different spot each year. Harvest heads while they look to still be in their peak.  Heads should be firm and tight.  Keep an eye out for cabbage worms, which can chew holes thro