Sunday 8 December 2019

The perfect coleslaw

There are so many different and delicious versions of the humble coleslaw...

LEON: Fast Vegetarian

Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby

There are so many different versions of the humble coleslaw that a whole chapter could be dedicated to them.

At Leon, we have been playing with different mixes since the day we first opened. Here, we have given a simple recipe for a very basic slaw and followed it with three variations.

If you want to experiment with your own, keep an eye on acidity (we like it sharp), seasoning, different textures and colour. Basically, however, the rules are as follows: if it tastes good raw and you can shred it, chuck it in.

Serves 6. Preparation time: 15 minutes


½ white cabbage, finely shredded

300g carrots, peeled and grated

½ a red onion, very finely sliced

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp creme fraiche

1 tbsp thick natural yoghurt

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and season well.


Middle Eastern slaw

Mix together grated red cabbage, carrot, celeriac and squash. Dress with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and orange juice (and grated zest). Stir in toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and shredded mint and season well.

Waldorf slaw

Shredded white cabbage and fennel mixed with chopped celery and apple. Dress with pure mayonnaise or a mixture of mayonnaise, yoghurt and creme fraiche. Fold in thinly sliced onions, toasted walnuts, golden raisins, chives and dill, and season well.

Asian slaw

Mix together shredded cabbage, thinly sliced red pepper, grated carrot, finely chopped French beans and diced tomato. Make a dressing of lime juice, palm sugar (or soft brown sugar), chopped red chilli, crushed garlic, fresh coriander and crushed peanuts

This recipe appears in 'Leon: Fast Vegetarian' by Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby, which is available in all good book shops...

LEON: Fast Vegetarian

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