Several years before we bought a cruising boat, I remember reading an article that said to learn how to make several different salads from cabbage if you intended to go cruising, as cabbage held up a lot better than lettuce on a boat. And in 6 years of full-time cruising, I learned the truth of that statement!
One of my favorite cabbage salads was what my mom called “Company Coleslaw,” meaning that it was a little more special than the everyday varieties that were just cabbage (and maybe a little shredded carrot) with either a mayonnaise or vinaigrette dressing.
Few people have ever had it, which makes it great to take to pitch-in dinners where everyone likes to get new ideas for food that works well on the boat. Well, maybe a few more have tried it now: in December 2006, Cruising World published my recipe. It’s just one of the THIRTEEN recipes for cabbage salad that Jan and I have included in The Boat Galley Cookbook.
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by Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons