Turkey Day Slaw

Turkey day is next week! Are you ready?? Looking for a make-ahead salad that can stand buffet time? Turkey Day Slaw is just the recipe you need for your Thanksgiving Day feast.

Thanksgiving Slaw

Simple to prepare, Turkey Day Slaw holds exceptionally well. Fresh good for you ingredients adds a light side dish to the traditionally more substantial fare of the day.

Freshly shredded cabbage and kale give this dish a dash of healthiness, but they hold well and will not wilt like regular lettuce type salads. Dried cranberries add a sweet tartness, and toasted almonds add extra crunch. Italian parsley adds an extra freshness.

Thanksgiving Slaw

A simple vinaigrette made from a neutral oil ( I like avocado oil for taste and health), apple cider vinegar, apple cider, two types of mustard, a touch of maple syrup, and shallots dress Turkey Day Slaw to a tee.

Make Turkey Day Slaw the night before, and it will still be fresh for family and friends on Turkey Day. You can also prepare all the ingredients the day before and toss right before serving.

Thanksgiving Slaw

This recipe makes enough for eight or more, so of course, we had leftovers. Even two days later the slaw was still good. I would not recommend making it that far in advance, but if anything the flavors had a chance to blend even more. Great for leftovers.

Thanksgiving Slaw

Quick, simple make-ahead Turkey Day Slaw is the perfect Thanksgiving day salad.

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Thanksgiving Slaw

Turkey Day Slaw

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the dressing:
1/3 cup avocado oil
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon brown grainy mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 shallots, minced
For the salad:
5 cups cabbage shredded
5 cups kale, shredded
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

Make the dressing: Whisk the oil, and the next 6 ingredients together in a small bowl. Add the shallot stirring to combine. Alternately you can place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth Let sit while preparing the salad mixture.
Make the salad: Place kale in a large bowl and add about 1/3 a cup of dressing. Massage the dressing into the kale. Add the shredded cabbage, almonds, cranberries, and parsley to the kale and toss to combine. Pour remaining dressing over the salad and stir to coat mixture with dressing. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Keywords: cabbage, kale, dried cranberries, almonds, mustard, apple cider, side dish, salad, easy, make ahead, holds well

Sweet Chili Sauce

A few years ago McDonald’s had some delicious signature wraps on their menu. Tim and I loved the Sweet Chili Chicken Wraps. Sadly, at least in our neck of the woods these are no longer available. Sweet Chili Sauce came from the hope of replicating that recipe.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce turned out perfect! Just the right amount of sweet vs. heat. Confession….I have not tried the wrap…..yet. Long story short, my attention was diverted to pizza…….and
well, that’s in the next post, stay tuned!!

Living in as I commonly call it “Hooterville” (if you are of certain age you will understand the reference), but sometimes it’s hard to find certain items in the cooking realm. Hence my skill at improvising. Red pepper flakes were a perfect substitute for Tai Chili Peppers. 

Sweet Chili Sauce

I know, I know…Amazon, but again living in Hooterville, same day delivery….LOL. And I wanted to make this recipe right now!!!

Red pepper flakes, spicy….check…….how about sweet??? Honey of course, syrupy, and sweet, plus better for you than sugar. Rice wine vinegar for an acid, garlic, and the surprise ingredient….ketchup.

Wanting the sauce to be a bit more red in color than traditional Sweet Chili Sauce, a touch of ketchup did the trick, plus it added a something in the background taste that will leave them wondering.

Sweet Chili Sauce

A slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken and you have a delicious sauce to dip any finger food in. Pour it over chicken or seafood and cook for a sweet, spicy sauce, for use as a marinade.

Anyway you chose Sweet Chili Sauce is your new go too sauce…….I better get to creating those wraps….future post!!???
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Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cup sauce
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Tai

Description

Sweet & Spicy….perfect sauce!!!


Ingredients

1 cup honey

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons ketchup, divided 

¾ cup water

1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water


Instructions

In a small sauce pot whisk together honey, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon ketchup, garlic, and ¾ cup water.

Bring to a boil over medium high, and boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly.

In a small bowl combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water.

Reduce heat and pour cornstarch mixture into the pot and whisk to combine. Return mixture to a boil, stirring until sauce thickens. 

Remove from heat. Stir in remaining tablespoon of ketchup and set aside to cool.

Place in an airtight container and refrigerate. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Keywords: spicy, sweet, red pepper flakes, garlic, dipping sauce, Tai, sweet chili

Summer’s End Panzanella Salad

Summer is officially over and gardens nearing the end of their season. Perfect time for Summer’s End Panzanella Salad.

Summer’s End Panzanella Salad

Panzanella or bread salad is Tuscan in origin. Popular in the summer in Italy, chunks of stale bread, tomatoes, onions, and basil are dressed with a simple  olive oil and vinegar vinaigrette.  Continue reading “Summer’s End Panzanella Salad”