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Create a tasty rainbow slaw.
Create a tasty rainbow slaw. / Renee Comet /USA WEEKEND. Food styling /Lisa Cherk

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Your Summer Menu

• Cheesy Stuffed Burgers
• Steak and Mushrooms Chimichurri

• Colorful Coleslaw
• Creamy Potato Salad

• Grilled Fruit Sundaes


This dish is like putting your regular “white” coleslaw through a prism and having a rainbow of exciting just-picked color and flavor emerge on the other side. The sweet-tart honey mustard dressing, cilantro and peppy poppy seeds are a fresh move away from the gobs of mayo that make up the typical dressing.

Colorful Coleslaw

• 3 Tbs. grainy mustard
• 2 Tbs. honey
• 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
• 2 Tbs. cider vinegar
• 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
• ¼ large head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
• 2 large carrots, shredded
• 1 medium fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced (1 ½ cups)
• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
• ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
• 1 Tb. poppy seeds

In a large serving bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, 2 Tbs. lime juice, cider vinegar, oil, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Add the cabbage, carrots, fennel, onion, cilantro, and poppy seeds and toss well to combine. Season with more lime juice, salt, and black pepper, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Per serving: 120 calories, 19g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 4g fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium

Stuffed burgers, potato salad and coleslaw recipes courtesy of Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger (Wiley, 2011.)

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Ellie Krieger is host of the The Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” which airs on The Cooking Channel. The author of three cookbooks, her latest is Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy. A registered dietitian, Ellie has helped out with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and has teamed up with New York City SchoolFood initiative, where she created healthy, delicious menu items for students citywide.