In the Lexington, NC tradition, this slaw replaces the traditional mayonnaise base with ketchup, which, when mixed with sugar and hot sauce, results in a slaw with a flavor similar to the region's famous vinegary barbecue sauce.
Why this recipe works:
- A sugar-and-salt mixture purges the cabbage of excess moisture, leaving it tender, but still crunchy and well-seasoned.
- Using ketchup instead of mayonnaise gives this slaw its red color and Lexington roots.
- Hot sauce adds a touch of heat that makes this slaw really stand out.
For the Dressing:
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete
For the Slaw:
1 large head green cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), finely shredded on a mandoline or by hand
1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt
For the dressing: Whisk together vinegar, ketchup, sugar, black pepper, and hot sauce in small bowl.
For the Slaw: Combine cabbage and carrot in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and toss to combine. Let stand five minutes, then transfer to a large colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin dry. Alternatively, transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet lined with a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and blot mixture dry with more towels. Return to large bowl.
Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and/or sugar.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 10 to 12|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 50mg||252%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|