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Top Five Ways to Use Coleslaw

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Coleslaw is one of the most inexpensive recipes around. A good large head of cabbage, the main ingredient, costs a couple of bucks. But when you make a huge bowl of this crunchy salad, what do you do with it? Here are five ways to use coleslaw that are delicious and cheap.

For these easy recipes, try some of my coleslaw versions. I like Dilled Coleslaw, Freezer Coleslaw, and Refrigerator Coleslaw. They are all crisp, fresh, crunchy, delicious, and easy to make.

1. Make a Main Dish Salad

Coleslaw with chicken
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By adding leftover cooked meat to coleslaw, you can convert this easy salad into a main dish. I used leftover cooked salmon, and added a cup of frozen peas to transform basic coleslaw into a feast.

2. Use it in Sandwiches and Wraps

Corned Beef Slaw Sandwich
Linda Larsen
Adding fresh, cold, crisp coleslaw to a hot grilled sandwich is a great way to extend meats and add nutrition and flavor. When you're grilling the sandwich, you may want to make the sandwiches and grill them, then carefully separate and add the cold slaw, then serve. This keeps the temperature and texture at a high contrast.

3. Top Hot Dogs and Sausages

Dilled Coleslaw
Linda Larsen
Cold coleslaw on a hot grilled dog or Polish sausage is delicious and a fast way to fill up hungry teenagers. Use coleslaw from the deli or make your own for this wonderful combination.

4. Make Tacos or Tostadas!

Fish and Slaw Tostadas
Linda Larsen
Coleslaw is the perfect ingredient to add to tacos instead of shredded lettuce. In fish tacos, it's the star ingredient! Have the taco shells warm, and keep the coleslaw cold for a really delicious taste sensation.

5. Use it as a Topping for Grilled Meats

Fish Fillets with Broccoli Slaw
Linda Larsen

Cold and crisp coleslaw on top of smoky and juicy grilled meats is a wonderful treat any time of the year. Any coleslaw recipe will work well on any simple grilled meat. All you need for the meat is a bit of oil to prevent sticking, then salt and pepper. The salad adds the flavor!

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