Slaws are underrated, in The Goddess’s ever so humble opinion. I think perhaps we think they are too ordinary, which is too bad. They don’t have to be. Explore your inner, creative side and slaw away! I’m going to try to keep this one short and sweet! It goes together in a flash, particularly if you purchase a bag of slaw…I used the diced, rather than shredded, but that’s up to you. I make this around the holidays. It’s pretty, citrusy and just refreshing.
No assembly pictures, but it really couldn’t be simpler…place the mayo, sugar, buttermilk, and mustard in a medium bowl. Give it a good stir to combine. Then dump the rest of the ingredients on top of the dressing. Fold everything together. If you are using the very thin-skinned Mandarin oranges, leave the skin on. If thin-skinned (those oranges are soooo sensitive!) oranges aren’t available, then use Clementines or oranges. Zest the peel into the bowl, remove the pith and dice the orange pulp. The citrus “hit” is very nice. Sometimes I add chopped dates or dried cranberries, too. Barberries are rather special, as are pomegranate seeds…options, my friend, options! This is best served within an hour of making, but I ate some the next day, and it was good, but a tad watery.
Slaw with Mandarin Orange and Jicama
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or more to taste (I use Hellmann’s Light)
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons ball park mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 16 ounces chopped or shredded cabbage for slaw
- 3 scallions, finely chopped (include some of the green part)
- 1/2 cup finely diced jicama (smaller than the size of a pea)
- 1/2 cup finely diced celery heart (include some leaves)
- 2 Mandarin oranges, very finely diced (peels on and seeds removed)
Place the mayonnaise, sugar, buttermilk, mustard and salt in a large bowl. Stir until completely mixed. Taste. Add additional sugar, for more sweetness, add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar for more sharpness. Dump the cabbage, jicama, celery, oranges and scallions on top of the dressing. Give it all a good stir, until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Best served within 1 hour of preparation.
Slaw with Mandarin Orange and Jicama Recipe©Marcia Lahens 2019. All rights reserved.