I grew up eating slaw in summertime, mostly coleslaw made with shredded red and green cabbage mixed with mayo. Whether as a side to a veggie burger, grilled cheese or sandwiched between two pieces of bread with lean meat, coleslaw is a great way to get a bevy of wonderful phyto (plant) nutrients from crucifers like cabbage.

These days I experiment with a variety of other shredded veggies from the crucifer clan like broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  I enjoy making slaw with shredded broccoli and carrots.  It’s such a nutrient-dense bang for the calorie buck with a mere 30 calories per 1/2 cup and a good source of fiber with over 3 grams and jam-packed with vitamins A and C, as well as offering some calcium and iron.


For tasty and interesting flavor sensations, I add a variety of crunchy, sweet and savory ingredients to my slaw.

Here are some ways to make sensational slaws at home by simply adding the following mix-ins to shredded veggies:

  • Dried cranberries and Greek yogurt with horseradish mustard (see my recipe below)

  • Pistachios, raisins and balsamic vinaigrette

  • Diced chicken, sliced apple and Dijon vinaigrette

  • Basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

  • Black beans, cilantro and chipotle mustard

  • Edamame, scallions and sesame oil and rice white vinegar


Cranberry Broccoli Slaw with Horseradish Yogurt


 Serves 4 (1/2 cup servings)


2 packages shredded broccoli and carrot slaw

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 cup plain Greek yogurt, O% milkfat

1 Tablespoon horseradish mustard

Pinch of salt


Put the slaw in a medium bowl and add cranberries.  In a small bowl mix the yogurt, horseradish mustard and salt. (Brocolli slaw is available at most grocery stores in the refrigerated produce area.)  Enjoy this slaw as a side dish or in a whole grain wrap or heap onto a slice of whole grain artisan bread.

Nutrition information (per 1/2 cup serving): Calories: 108, Total Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 155 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 22 g,  Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 14 g,  Protein: 6 g

 Enjoy eating simply,