Grandma’s Coleslaw – Rose Turner

Many favourite dishes in my repertoire are not only favourites due to their great flavours but also because of the fond memories they elicit. ‘Grandma’s Coleslaw’ is certainly one of them. It used to be a secret family recipe, frequently requested and made with loving care by hand only by Grandma. One day I was honoured that Grandma told me her secret and many years later, after I adapted the recipe to be super quick in my Thermomix, I was given permission to share it with the world of Thermomix users!

The kitchen table has always been the centre of our home and family life and it makes me smile to think of how much laughter has been shared around that very table whilst eating ‘Grandma’s Coleslaw’. It’s a firm favourite of our family and friends and is still regularly requested to this day. Serve it as a side salad with any meal – we particularly love it with barbecues or oven-baked meats, and it’s also great with vegetarian meals.

Many thanks for the origins of this recipe to our wonderful Rose Turner, who is fondly remembered as my much-loved mother-in-law and very special Grandma to our children. I’m delighted that you will be keeping her memory alive with us as you feast on this delicious coleslaw!

This recipe is suitable for Thermomix TM5 and TM31.

ACTIVE TIME 5 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME 5 MINUTES

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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Ingredients

  • 300-350 g cabbage, cut in 3 cm chunks, weighed after core is discarded
  • 50 g carrots, cut in 3 cm pieces
  • 25 g onion or shallot, peeled
  • 2-3 Tbsp mayonnaise – see tips
  • 1 tsp tamari soy sauce (Grandma’s secret ingredient!) or ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice – optional

Method

  1. While stirring with TM spatula through hole in TM lid, chop all ingredients 5 sec/speed 4.
  2. Scrape down sides of TM bowl with spatula then chop again 1-2 sec/speed 4. Transfer to a lovely bowl and serve.

Janie’s Tips

  1. I like to make this salad straight after making homemade mayonnaise to take advantage of the mayo left in the TM bowl.
  2. For gluten free, use gluten free tamari soy sauce and gluten free mayonnaise. Read the ingredient labels to make sure that all your ingredients are gluten free. It’s worth knowing that tamari is gluten free when made in the traditional way by fermenting soy beans, but surprisingly some brands contain wheat.
  3. For dairy free, use a dairy free mayonnaise – for example, make Laura’s Mayonnaise with coconut water kefir instead of whey.
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