Seriously Awesome Slaws

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Coleslaw can be tedious, especially if you are making a big batch of it. Manually slicing all that cabbage and grating all those carrots…it’s a lot of work and requires some serious knife skills to achieve a perfect slaw texture.

Luckily, there is a better way. All you need is your handy dandy KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment. This attachment comes with 3 discs: a slicer, a grater (both fine and coarse), and a julienne disc. Add on the optional Dicing Kit to get the dicing blade, which is quite possibly the biggest time saver of them all, producing picture-perfect 8mm cubes of whatever you run through it. I’d buy this entire attachment just for that one blade; it’s that amazing.

We’ve put the Food Processor Attachment to the ultimate test with three unique variations on your classic (aka boring) coleslaw. Use a combination of the slicing, shredding, and dicing blades to whip up a Potato Salad Slaw (think coleslaw meets potato salad), an Asian Sesame Slaw, and a sweet Fruit Salad Slaw.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

First, let’s talk cabbage, since cabbage is the main base to (almost) any good coleslaw. While it may be called shredded cabbage, it turns out the slicing disc is the perfect blade for the task.

We found Napa cabbage, with it’s long skinny shape, works best here. A larger (and rounder) green cabbage would need to be cut into too many pieces to fit through the food processor chute. Look for the smallest Napa cabbage you can find. Peel off any wilted outer leaves, then slice the cabbage in half lengthwise. You’ll only need half for each of these recipes (or make a double batch and throw a party!) From there you’ll want to slice the halves lengthwise again, giving you a ‘spear’ of cabbage. Cut off the bottom portion of the cabbage where the leaves start to get thick, about the bottom 25% or so.

With the slicing disc and lid in place, adjust the thickness to the thinnest slice setting for a perfectly fine slaw. Insert your cabbage spears, one at a time, into the feed tube, and turn on your Stand Mixer (we found speed 4 or so to be perfect). Press down the cabbage with the food pusher. Repeat with second spear. Voila! In less than 30 seconds you’ve got perfectly shredded cabbage ready to be made into one of these seriously awesome slaws.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Our other favorite feature, and something we have yet to find in any stand-alone food processor, is the dicing kit. If you’re like me, maybe your knife skills are acceptable, but you probably can’t dice a potato into a uniform 8mm dice all around. Or maybe you can, but it might take you 30 minutes to do it. With this dicing kit it takes literally seconds. The first time you run a potato through this baby your jaw will drop, it’s that amazing. It also does a brilliant job with kiwi fruit, too.

For all the other ingredients in these recipes we used the coarse grating disc for an evenly shredded texture that’s perfect for slaw. From onions and fennel to carrots and apples, the shredding disc is wildly versatile.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Tip for easy clean up: while the Food Processor Attachment makes quick and easy work of coleslaw, it can make a bit of a mess, with bits of scraps and peel leftover after the prep and processing. I recommend having a “garbage bowl” nearby, into which you can easily throw all your scraps and trimmings to trash or compost later.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

With the exception of the potatoes, which need a quick boil, these slaws are entirely no-cook, taking advantage of the delightful crunch and maximum nutrition of raw fruits and veggies. Plus, they are great make-ahead dishes, tasting even better the second day when they’ve had a chance to absorb all of the flavors from the dressing.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Seriously Awesome Slaws

The Potato Salad Slaw is part potato salad and part coleslaw, with perfectly diced potatoes mixed with cabbage, onion, and shredded fennel for added flavor and crunch. The dressing is a mayo-based dressing with a bit of tang and sweetness, plus capers and parsley for a touch of sophistication. It’s one of those recipes that will quickly become your go-to side dish for football parties, spring picnics, or summer barbecues.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Our Asian Sesame Slaw combines shredded cabbage with sweet potato, carrot, and watermelon radish (you can use another radish variety, but I love the gorgeous magenta color of it). Tossed with a tahini-based sesame dressing and topped with fresh cilantro and green onion, it’s simply bursting with Asian flavors and would be perfect served alongside soy-sauce marinated salmon or teriyaki grilled chicken.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Seriously Awesome Slaws

Finally, proof that slaw doesn’t always have to be savory, our Fruit Salad Slaw combines apple, kiwi, and crunchy jicama (an edible root with a sweet flavor and delightfully crunchy texture), but you could certainly substitute other fruits to your liking as well. The sweet yogurt-based dressing is the perfect touch of creaminess and sweetness to complement the fruit, and the pomegranate seeds are the perfect pop of color and flavor. I’m content to eat it straight out of the bowl, but my husband loves to pile it on top of his morning pancakes.

Seriously Awesome Slaws

So, what are you waiting for? Whip up one of these Slawsome recipes for your next gathering. You’ll never serve boring old coleslaw again!

Be sure to share slaws you make with your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and Food Processor Attachment with us on Instagram using #MadeWithKitchenAid for a chance to be featured.

Seriously Awesome Slaws: 3 Ways

Makes 4-6 side servings

INGREDIENTS

For potato salad slaw

2 medium russet potatoes, unpeeled and halved (quartered if large)
1/2 head small Napa cabbage, quartered and thick base core removed
1/2 bulb fennel, trimmed, quartered, and cored
1/2 red onion, trimmed and quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers, drained (juice reserved)

For potato salad slaw dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon reserved caper juice
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For Asian sesame slaw

1/2 head small Napa cabbage, quartered and thick base core removed
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and halved (quartered if large)
2 large carrots, peeled
1 watermelon radish, trimmed and halved (you can also use daikon or another radish if desired)
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

For Asian sesame slaw dressing

1/4 cup tahini (can substitute smooth peanut butter if desired)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated or finely minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste)
1 teaspoons sugar
Water, as needed

For fruit salad slaw

2 apples, quartered and cored
1 small jicama root or 1/2 medium, peeled and quartered
4 kiwi fruit, peeled
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint leaves

For fruit salad slaw dressing

1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Prepare all fruit and vegetables as directed, cutting larger items into pieces that will fit down the chute of the KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment. If your items are particularly large you may have to slice them into smaller pieces than indicated.

Attach the Food Processor Attachment to your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. You will need the slicing, grating, and dicing blades for these recipes. Place your Stand Mixer bowl under the Food Processor chute to catch everything that comes out.

For potato salad slaw

Run potatoes through the dicing blade. Boil in a pot of lightly salted water for 5 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking process and set aside.

With a clean bowl under the food processor chute, run cabbage through slicing blade set on the thinnest setting (or thicker if you prefer). Run fennel and onion through coarse grating blade. Toss with cabbage, along with chopped parsley and capers.

For dressing, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with slaw mixture until evenly coated. Top with additional chopped parsley as desired.

For Asian sesame slaw

Run cabbage through slicing blade set on the thinnest setting (or thicker if you prefer). Run sweet potato, carrot, and radish through coarse grating blade. Toss with cabbage, along with green onions and cilantro.

For dressing, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Thin with 1-2 tablespoons water as needed to achieve a thick but fluid consistency. Toss with slaw mixture until evenly coated. Top with toasted sesame seeds and additional cilantro and green onions for garnish.

For fruit salad slaw

Run apple and jicama through coarse grating blade. Run kiwi fruit through dicing blade. Toss with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.

For dressing, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Toss with fruit mixture until evenly coated. Top with additional pomegranate seeds and fresh mint for garnish.

Seriously Awesome Slaws: 3 Ways Recipes

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