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New Orleans Coleslaw

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Introduction

I can't remember why I call this my New Orleans coleslaw now (I've been making it, or a version of it, for so long), but I think it has something to do with all the wonderful pecan trees I saw when I was there.

I can't remember why I call this my New Orleans coleslaw now (I've been making it, or a version of it, for so long), but I think it has something to do with all the wonderful pecan trees I saw when I was there.

New Orleans Coleslaw
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 6

Metric Cups
  • 1 white cabbage (about 1kg / 2lbs before trimming)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 4 spring onions
  • 200 grams mayonnaise (preferably organic)
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 100 grams pecan nuts (fairly finely chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 white cabbage (about 1kg / 2lbs before trimming)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably organic)
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • ⅔ cup pecan nuts (fairly finely chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Method

  1. Trim and shred the cabbage, either by hand or with a food processor.
  2. Peel and grate the carrots, and finely slice the celery and spring onions.
  3. Whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, maple syrup and vinegar and coat the shredded vegetables with this dressing.
  4. Season, and toss through the chopped nuts.
  1. Trim and shred the cabbage, either by hand or with a food processor.
  2. Peel and grate the carrots, and finely slice the celery and scallions.
  3. Whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, maple syrup and vinegar and coat the shredded vegetables with this dressing.
  4. Season, and toss through the chopped nuts.

Additional Information

For gluten free check the mayonnaise is gluten free.

For gluten free check the mayonnaise is gluten free.

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What 14 Others have said

  • Since trying this, it has become my go-to coleslaw recipe! If I don't have buttermilk, I sometimes use plain yogurt and maybe some Ranch dressing (an American favorite) which uses buttermilk. The maple syrup and pecans really add to the flavor, so I wouldn't recommend leaving them out. Everyone I make this for just raves about it!

    Posted by wendyjacquelyn on 7th April 2015
  • I've made this so many times as a light side to go with richer mains. The point about this one is that the salad isn't drowned in the dressing, and the sweetness is elegant and nuanced. I have made it with buttermilk substitute in a pinch (milk with a tablespoon of vinegar) and with yoghurt as well. You can even use honey instead of the maple syrup if you're halfway through the recipe and realize you're fresh out of the Canadian staple. Thanks, Nigella.

    Posted by supergenkilife on 8th February 2015
  • Love this salad, its fantastic, I also add half a green apple, grated, when in season for the extra zing!!

    Posted by EveG on 19th August 2014
  • Much better without the syrup, I think.

    Posted by Tiro on 31st July 2014
  • Best coleslaw ever!! Everyone loved it.

    Posted by Zaza21 on 5th August 2014
  • Just finished Xmas lunch. New Orleans Coleslaw, warm potato salad with cold meats followed by Cherry cheesecake. A fabulous Nigella lunch. We all love you Nigella.

    Posted by nanjen on 25th December 2014
  • I've made this a few times and I never have the right ingredients. Yogurt seems to work instead of the buttermilk, I've even used milk and I often use apple syrup instead of the maple syrup.

    Posted by rosiekaplan on 11th December 2012
  • I've made this several times, yummy. The non Salad eaters in my home love it too. For those who can not obtain Buttermilk, it is easy to make your own from one cup of milk and one tbsp of either White Vinegar or Lemon Juice. You can also make it from Cream.

    Posted by carol57 on 2nd December 2012
  • Made this three times now. The non Salad eaters in my house are no more. Milk and Lemon Juice or Milk and White Vinegar can be a good substitute for Buttermilk.

    Posted by carol57 on 3rd December 2012
  • Can the buttermilk be substituted with anything?

    Posted by salenka on 13th October 2012
  • thank you xx i got this receipe from watching nigella on one of her programmes years ago and lost it ... so yahhh its back on the menu tonite xx thank you once again nigella x happy eating

    Posted by mieke b on 18th April 2012
  • I tried this and it was absolutely delicious! Everyone enjoyed it and I now make it at any family gathering, a brilliant and simple recipe, thank you.

    Posted by Iszie on 24th March 2012
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