April Cole Slaw from Chesnut Garden

laura ms huitt class If cole slaw is a favorite side at your summertime barbeques, why not make your own with fresh, simple ingredients? Ms. Huitt’s Kindergarteners did after harvesting cabbages with the help of Chesnut Garden parent Laura McEwen back in April. They went into the cafeteria to wash, chop and prepare the recipe below. After tasting the slaw, Ms. Huitt and her students described it as:

  • “tangy”
  • “slippery”
  • “best ever”
  • “I loved it”
  • “I didn’t like it”
  • “I couldn’t taste the sugar”
  • “lemony”
  • “delicious”

all doneCole slaw was an April favorite, where it popped up at the lunch break during our second Farm to School health lesson, “Eat Real First, Second Read Labels.” Principal Williams joined the Wellness Team as we passed around homemade lunch items, and her favorite was Wellness parent Jo Chin’s purple cabbage cole slaw. Both recipes follow below.


At-Home Action Icon canstockphoto2179142At-Home Action: Make your own cole slaw!

Four-Vinegar Cole Slaw (Ms. Huitt’s class’ recipe)
– 16 ounces of finely chopped cabbage or a package of cole slaw mix
– 1/3 cup canola oil
– 2 tbsp white vinegar
– 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
–  1 tbsp sugar
– A few shakes of celery seed
– A few drops of lemon juice
– A little ground sea salt and black pepper

Mix all in a bowl and let sit for a little while to marinate before serving.

ChopChop Magazine’s Purple Cabbage Slaw (Jo Chin’s recipe)

purple cole slaw copy

–  head red cabbage (or 1 bag coleslaw mix)
– 2  carrots, scrubbed or peeled and grated
– 8  scallions, finely sliced
– 1⁄4 cup canola oil
– 1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
– 1⁄2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Put everything in the bowl and toss well. Taste it and add more of anything you think it needs.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Fancy That:

– Add 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil and 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
– Add 1 cup shredded, cooked chicken to make it a meal
– Add red pepper flakes (if you like spicy)

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