August 02, 2010

Seven Spice Broccoli Slaw

12 oz packaged broccoli slaw mix*

for the dressing:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mirin
1 teaspoon Japanese seven spice powder (shichimi togarashi)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth. Toss with shredded vegetables.

*or an equivalent amount of home shredded broccoli stems & carrots

My thoughts:
Broccoli slaw is a fun alternative to regular coleslaw. It it is generally a little crisper and the flavor is milder then you'd expect. I also like it because it can be made nearly 24 hours in advance to serving and little to no ill effect which makes it the perfect side dish when having company. Just refrigerate it until you need and give it another toss.

The flavors in this are Japanese inspired but in no way do I think this is a traditional Japanese salad! The flavors are a perfect blend of tart and spicy and there is just enough to mayo to bind the dressing together.