Canada Day is a great BBQ and slaw day! If you are going to have the salads outside for a long period of time, avoid the heavy mayo slaws and use an oil and vinegar base instead.
I decided to try my own slaw as a tribute to Canada Day. I wanted to create a bit of the red and white colour and stay true to Canadian ingredients whenever I could. Cranberries, maple syrup, apple cider and even walnuts are essential Canadian ingredients. The walnuts add a good mix of healthy fatty acids (omega-3), a breadth of vitamins and minerals (thiamin, folate, B6, manganese) and the cranberries add dietary fibre.
I suggest using any kind of cabbage but in the fall green cabbage will be in season and very flavourful. If you don’t have walnut oil, substitute the oil you normally use for salads (olive, canola).
1/2 small-medium cabbage (about 4 cups)- Use fresh Ontario green cabbage if you can. Napa cabbage will also work
3/4 cup of dried cranberries
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1 tbsp of maple syrup
2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp of walnut oil (or your favorite salad oil)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix cabbage, cranberries and walnuts in a medium bowl.
2. In small bowl, whisk vingear, oil and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add dressing to cabbage mixture.
Chill for at least an hour if possible and enjoy with any BBQ food.