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Quick Cook Ideas: The Versatility of Broccoli Slaw

Chef ElizabethEveryone looks for shortcuts in the kitchen especially during the weeknights. I suggest you pick up a package of broccoli slaw or even prepared coleslaw and have it as a staple in your kitchen. It is affordable, the work is done, and it is delicious.

When I'm busy on the farm, I like to have prepared broccoli and or carrot slaw in my fridge. I find that I reach for it all the time to add color, freshness, nutrition and crunch to my dishes.

broccoli slaw 

There are two main ways to use Broccoli Slaw:

  1. Make a Slaw: by that I mean dress and season it, and use it as you would any coleslaw – eat it as is or get creative and use it as a topping or filling.


  1. Use it Raw: by that I mean no dressing – use broccoli slaw as a mixed vegetable to add flavour, color and crunch and, yes, nutrients. You can chop it or process it and use it as a nutritious filler for your meat or fish loaves.

burger and slaw 

Or try one of these suggestions:

  • On top of grilled chicken, pork, beef
  • As a “bed” for grilled chicken or seafood
  • On top of burgers or hot dogs
  • As a garnish for chili
  • Use in fish or crab cakes
  • On top of a lobster roll
  • As a filling in po' boys
  • Inside a submarine sandwich
  • Inside a fish taco
  • Add golden raisins or dried cranberries like Mom used to
  • Add to rice or quinoa
  • Mix with kale for a nutritious salad
  • As a topping for pulled pork
  • Inside a tortilla wrap
  • Add it to soup
  • Add it to or top a bowl of pho
  • Inside salad rolls
  • On top of any salad
  • As a slaw to serve with salsa and tortilla chips
  • As part of a stir fry
  • Mix it with Asian noodles and dressing
  • Chopped, it can be used in a veggie “burger”
  • Chopped, it can be used inside meatloaf, burgers or meatballs
  • Chopped, use it inside stuffed peppers or cabbage rolls

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