Recipe: Blue Cheese Coleslaw

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Blue Cheese Coleslaw 4My dad has always been a blue cheese lover. When I was a child, my brothers and I knew that Dad would always order blue cheese dressing for his salad whenever we went out. He was the only person we knew who would choose blue cheese, and we used to think that dressing sounded awful. We thought he chose blue cheese just  to be different.

But when we grew up, we found out that Dad knew a good thing when he tasted it. Now we choose blue cheese for many dishes and love it! So, when I was introduced to this blue cheese coleslaw recipe, I knew I had to fix it for my dad. I did, and now it is definitely a “keeper” recipe for our family.

Coleslaw is a terrific side dish for summer cookouts. It complements the flavors of grilled meats and barbeque. Coleslaw has a tasty crunchy texture, and this tangy dressing varies from the traditional slaw dressing. The cabbage-based salad is a nice change from a lettuce-based green salad, and if you have to serve a large group, the ingredients are not expensive. You can cut your own cabbage and carrots, but the pre-cut coleslaw mix speeds up your preparation time.

With Memorial Day get-togethers happening this weekend, this slaw would be a terrific addition to your menu. This can even be considered a patriotic side dish–it’s red (cabbage), white (cabbage) and blue (cheese)! Fix this for your next cookout–I certainly am!

Blue Cheese Coleslaw
1/2 cup white wine vinegar ( or substitute red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 16-oz. packages shredded coleslaw mix
4 green onions, sliced
1 4-oz. package crumbled blue cheese
Optional: Shredded red cabbageOptional: 6 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
Put the first six ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk these items together. Put the coleslaw mix, sliced green onions, and the majority of the crumbled blue cheese in a large mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over coleslaw mixture. Toss the coleslaw and dressing together, and top it with the remaining crumbled blue cheese.Looking at my photo of the dish, I think I would save a few of my green onions to sprinkle on top of the blue cheese for color.This recipes makes 8-10 servings and can be put together in less than ten minutes.Blue Cheese Coleslaw 6

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