Easy Mayo Free Coleslaw

Today’s post is dedicated to coleslaw. Yes, I know this is a random side dish that usually is overlooked, but I don’t have much to talk about and this recipe is really good. 
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never really liked coleslaw.  People talk about how great it is from Chick-fil-a, or with their barbecue, but I’ve just never been able to get into it.  I’m not sure if it was the cabbage factor, or just the mayo, but it is not something I would usually partake in. However like so many other recipes or things I thought I didn’t like,  I actually enjoy coleslaw now.
But were not talking about the kind doused in mayo. No, that one is still pretty gross in my book.  My favorite coleslaw is a dijon mustard/vinegar based one that actually is somewhat healthy.  Well healthy until you add in the bag of Ramen noodles.  The crunch is so good!
Funny story about the ramen noodles. Turns out my foster dog, Suzie, also has a thing for the crunch of Ramen, and the plastic wrapping they come in. Last week, while left unattended for an hour, Suzie found her way into my coleslaw Ramen noodle stash and helped herself. I came home to a floor littered with pieces of the wrapping, as well as few stray noodles here and there. She also found her way into the trash can, but that is another story for another day.
I’ve not had much experience with the phenomenon that is “counter surfing,” but any lab owner/foster will definitely know what this is. 
I made this coleslaw twice last week, once with a barbecue chicken meal and then also to accompany our Easter Sunday meal. Both times it received rave reviews from the guests, and even self proclaimed coleslaw haters (like myself) enjoyed it.  I have to give credit to Wes’ Aunt for introducing me to this type of coleslaw. I do not have her recipe, but she made something very similar to this for us one holiday.  I will forever be grateful.

Dijon Mustard Coleslaw

1/2 bag prepared coleslaw (found in the bagged salad section)
1 package chicken flavored Ramen noodles
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almonds
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped

For the dressing
2 tbsp dijon mustard (i used Saucy Mama)
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 dash apple cider vinegar
Seasoning package from Ramen noodles
Juice of one lemon

Combine all ingredients for the coleslaw into a large bowl. Make sure to break the Ramen noodles into pieces.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Pour dressing on the coleslaw right before you serve it. The longer the dressing sits, the less crunch the Ramen has (and you want it crunchy!).

This coleslaw comes together quickly and is one of my favorite side dishes for barbecue.  You’ll never want mayo coleslaw again!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but between working, trying to be a good mother to my fur children, working out and searching all over the country for a decently priced FX35 for the future husband, my week has been crazy.  Things should be back to normal soon, so thank you for hanging in there!

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