For many years, I thought I really hated coleslaw. It turns out that it’s really the mayo that I can’t stand. Freshly shredded cabbage, or other vegetables, mixed with the refreshing flavor of lemon juice is a delightful side to any meal. If you don’t happen to have any lemons around, just use white wine vinegar or a mild rice vinegar. Because this salad does not inherently have any fat in it (unless you use the nuts), be sure to use the nuts or eat it with a meal so you absorb all the fat-soluble nutrients.

Fresh and Easy Slaw

Serves one

1 t salt
1 c shredded cabbage
1 T lemon juice
1 small apple or Asian pear, cored and grated or cut into matchsticks
Freshly ground pepper
Any of the following:
     2 T toasted chopped nuts
     1/4 c very thinly sliced celery or red onion
     1 small carrot, grated

Blend the cabbage and salt together and knead for 5 minutes or allow to sit for 20-40  minutes.  Rinse well (taste it and rinse until it’s only mildly salty).  Mix cabbage with remaining ingredients and enjoy.

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