Summer in Saratoga Springs is the perfect time to gather with friends and family for a picnic or outdoor barbeque. Often these festive events feature foods that are items we want to avoid when following the Smith Weight Loss and Wellness Programs - creamy mayonnaise based potato salads and coleslaw, hotdogs and hamburgers on buns, pies or shortcake for dessert. Since most of these gatherings are potluck I have developed a few recipes that I like to bring which are tasty and healthy. One of my favorites is my version of an Asian influenced coleslaw. It's a big hit at parties and can be paired with a piece of grilled chicken for a delicious meal.
Combine in a large bowl:
Shredded half a white cabbage and half a purple cabbage
2-3 carrots cut into matchstick sizes
One bunch cilantro, stems and leaves finely chopped
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
In a small bowl whisk together juice from 2 lemons, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 tsp sesame oil and 1/4 tsp Kosher salt. Add a drizzle of honey and a splash of hot sauce such as Sriracha. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil. Pour dressing over salad, tossing well so that cabbage is evenly coated. I like to chill this for an hour and toss again just before serving.