* When purchasing coleslaw mix, I like the blend with a little red cabbage and carrots mixed in – mostly for color – but feel free to use what you prefer or what is available. You can also add some shaved carrots to a bag of plain shredded green cabbage or even use broccoli slaw.
Prefer to make your own slaw mix? I often very thinly slice green cabbage and add a small carrot. A cup or two of red cabbage adds appealing color if you have some on hand. And save broccoli stalks – they can be coarsely shredded and used in this slaw as well. Plan on 7-8 cups when shredding your own. When you first toss the freshly cut cabbage, the dressing will appear to barely coat it. As the slaw sits for a few minutes, however, the cabbage will soften and release some moisture. You may even find that you can stir in a little extra cabbage.
Have leftovers? The slaw will soften over time but will still be delicious for several days. I often add a little extra cabbage to the leftovers. A handful or two of crisp cabbage or slaw mix will add fresh appeal and stretch the leftovers.