This vibrant grilled coleslaw with slightly charred cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion, sesame seeds and a vinaigrette dressing (with no mayo) is a winner in taste and presentation.
This is my new favourite side dish. Luckily my husband likes it too because we had it three times this week. (I had to get it right). Of course I’m in love with the colours – one of my favourite parts about serving food – but I also love the trifecta – quick, easy, great taste.
As usual, there are similar recipes on the internet. They all seem to grill “wedges” of cabbage and then chop them up before adding dressing. I tried that and found it awkward as my wedges kept falling apart and slipping through the grill. So I decided to use my grill basket which made the job a breeze. If you don’t own a grill basket (my favourite BBQ tool), you can use the wedge method for this recipe. Just make sure you keep the core on the wedges for the grilling, then cut them off later.
The dressing is a simple vinaigrette with a bit more punch to offset the blandness of the cabbage. And, the toasted sesame seeds are optional but I strongly suggest using them as they add amazing flavour and pair so well with the cabbage.
Serve the grilled coleslaw as a side or use it as a bed for a protein like sweet and spicy salmon, Mediterranean-style marinated chicken or glazed pork chops. It’s also great as a burger topping or in wraps.
Tailor To Your Taste
- Try other dressings such as an Asian dressing.
- Add some finely chopped red pepper for additional colour.
- Grill the cabbage until it is as soft or crunchy as you like.
- Use a good bottled Italian dressing.
- Buy matchstick carrots.
- Buy pre-shredded purple cabbage (and cook it less time on the grill)
- The amount of dressing in the recipe is more than you will need, so you can use more cabbage (almost, but not quite a whole medium cabbage). Your guests will want seconds anyway. If your grill basket is on the smaller side, cooking time will take a bit longer and you will need to stir a bit more often to make sure the cabbage gets some char all over.
- Definitely. This side dish can be served warm or at room temperature or even cold. Perfect for picnics, buffet, BBQs and potluck.
Here’s another side dish you can try in your grill basket