A Creamy Grill Out Side
It’s that time of year. After the warm Mini Marathon over the weekend we cooked up a delicious dinner on the grill. Coleslaw is easily thought of as a common grill out side dish. Here is a version I whipped up over the weekend. We love adding cucumber and tomato to our summer slaws.
Why it Works:
Cabbage is sometimes a feared vegetable, but offers so much value. The half head of cabbage in this recipe serves up in the ballpark of 277% of daily vitamin C, 18% calcium, and 12% of iron. This doesn’t include the rich polyphenol phytonutrient presence that supports defending against chronic oxidative stress as well as anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering benefits.
Instead of only using a rich and creamy mayo, I substituted with part Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt adds a source of protein, calcium, as well probiotics that can support gut health. The addition of onion, cucumber, and tomato add a wonderful flavor and texture in addition to filling fiber. Lemon grass too adds a very subtle pleasant flavor; but the herb also carries what some consider to be stress relieving oils.
A highlight is that this is a quick to make side for a time crunched athlete or non-athlete. Any leftovers work great in packing for lunch or topping on a sandwich. If you’re sensitive to a cabbage gas producing effect, then save this veggie for after workouts.
- 1/2 c. medium-large cabbage head, chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3/4 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
- 1/3 c. light mayonnaise
- 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped or Gourmet Garden lemon grass
- couple dashes of cayenne pepper
Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, salt, pepper, cayenne, and lemon grass in a small bowl. In a large mixing bowl combine all vegetables. Toss coleslaw dressing with vegetables. Cover and refrigerate about an hour. If you prefer a thinner coleslaw, refrigerate longer. The moisture from the vegetables will thin out the creamy slaw. Consider adding additional lemon grass if planning for a thinner dressing on the slaw.
Makes 6 servings.
Each serving is approximately 67 calories, 3 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrate, 2.6 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein