Guy Fieri’s Creamy Carolina Cole Slaw Dressing
Sold at fine grocery stores - I got mine at Gelson’s
I am pretty much a noob when it comes to making slaw at home. I know it’s pretty basic, but I’ve never attempted it before. While I work up the nerve to make my own dressing, I thought I’d start incorporating packaged slaw dressings I find at the grocery store into the mix. That way, more of you playing along at home will have the chance to taste what I’m putting down.
Pre-packaged shredded cabbage (aka undressed slaw) is readily available at most grocery stores and really makes it a snap to prep your own at-home slaw in seconds. I chose the most basic iteration - cabbage and carrots - but there are some fancier options out there too. Don’t forget that you can always add your own shredded veggies and other mix-ins to make it all your own.
Not gonna lie: I chose the Guy Fieri slaw dressing because I thought it would be funny. Even if it wasn’t tasty, I could have a laugh reading the label (‘It’s off da hook!’). I could tell from looking that the bottle that it was a vinegar-based dressing (usually a no-no to me), but it did say CREAMY in the name, so I thought I’d give it a try.
The low-down is this: It’s a cider vinegar and oil base dressing, with some mustard thrown into the mix. To me, it’s more like vinaigrette you’d use on a regular salad, not something made for coleslaw. I know this seems like I’m splitting hairs, but to me, coleslaw dressing is it’s own separate category with it’s own set of flavor rules. That said, it’s not bad. It’s definitely not creamy, and it’s not really what I’d personally call ‘Southern Style’, despite the Carolina moniker. But, I’m not from the Carolinas, so maybe one of y’all can correct me if a vinegar-based slaw is indeed how you roll.
On the brightside, it’s pretty low-calorie, so it’s a great option for slaw-lovers on a diet. That cup of slaw right there probably tops out at around 50 calories. And I like that I didn’t need to use a lot of the dressing, too. I used about 1/5 of the bottle for that one bag of shredded cabbage, so there’s going to be plenty more homemade slaw in my future.
3 out of 5 cabbage heads