When I cooked for guests last weekend, I checked one of Nigella’s cookbooks I have at home (slightly damaged by flooding three years ago, but still functional) to get some inspiration. Her love for entertaining is famous, and I knew I might find something interesting that can be converted into a nutritious lectin-free dish. And I did: her New Orleans Coleslaw looked exactly what I needed for this event.
Lectin-free coleslaw, with a little extra nutrition
This is as easy to make as a traditional coleslaw, but it has much more flavor and nutrition. The original recipe included maple syrup and buttermilk, both not Plant Paradox compliant. I knew it would be as good without.
I think this is a great dish to prepare with kids. It has all the colorful ingredients and vegetables that children usually are familiar with and like: cabbage, both green and purple, carrots, celery, green onions, plus pecans.
It’s also great for making in advance and having it for a workday lunch the next day, by itself or adding some protein next to it. We ate it two ways, once as a side dish or simple vegetarian salad, and half of it we mixed with the last leftovers of our turkey (some breast meat) and made a turkey/coleslaw salad that tasted amazing. Added some more extra virgin olive oil when serving for more Omega-3s.
This was the half mixed with turkey that went into a glass container and stored for future meals.
As per the mayonnaise, I used the only Plant Paradox compliant mayonnaise, as far as I know, Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo. A homemade mayo would be even better, but sometimes I go with convenience (and I have to say, it tastes pretty great too). If you don’t do eggs, I would recommend having this salad with more extra virgin olive oil, eventually mixed with some goat yogurt or almond cream cheese.
I recommend buying raw pecans and roasting them slightly, nut oils are highly susceptible to oxidation, so it is better you control the process at home. They taste much better too.
How to serve lectin-free coleslaw
Try this lectin-free coleslaw with my Mustard Sage Crispy Chicken Wings Platter. They will go together perfectly.
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Nigella's New Orleans Coleslaw Made Lectin-Free
An easy, packed with nutrition and delicious lectin-free side dish.
- 1/2 medium white/green cabbage, finely sliced
- 1/4 small red cabbage, finely sliced
- 2 small to medium carrots, grated
- 4-5 spring onions, sliced at an angle
- 2 celery stalks, finely sliced at an angle
- one generous handful of slightly roasted pecans
- 4-5 tbsps avocado mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Roast the pecans for about 8 minutes at 350F.
Prepare all the veggies and mix them with the rest of the ingredients. Taste and add more mayo, apple cider vinegar if needed and adjust for salt and pepper.
Ideally, store in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating.
You can add cooked chicken to this salad or serve it as a side dish. I love to add more extra virgin olive oil when serving for extra Omega-3s.