Saturday, 7 June 2014

Coleslaw - Herpes Free Cabbage Salad

A burger, beans and coleslaw
I will eat the coleslaw (bottom right), but I'll do grudgingly, wearing a scowl, and thinking of herpes.
(photo by The Culinary Geek)


Noun. Originally US. Also coldslaw. Late 18th century.
[Dutch koolsla, from kool (English cole) cabbage + sla (English slaw) salad.]

A salad of sliced raw cabbage, now usually with mayonnaise etc.

I don't like coleslaw that much. I think it's mainly because as a child I thought it was pronounced coldsore, which has left me associating this cold, creamy, crunchy cabbage salad with herpes simplex. Which just doesn't do it for me. Anyway, I've since been set right - it's coleslaw (or coldslaw), it means (and is) cabbage salad, and it's got absolutely nothing to do with those painful, ugly blisters one gets on one's lips. Still don't like it though.

Do please leave any comments in the salad box below.


  1. It's a little too sweet for my Greek tastebuds. Try this cabbage salad, you may change your mind: finely chopped cabbage, ground or grated carrot, freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt and paprika (smoked paprika is delicious). You can also add chopped red peppers and parsley and if you let it stay in the fridge for a couple of hours it tastes even better. It's perfect for winter nights with a glass of wine. (Colds won't stand a chance)

    I don't understand why everything has to be smothered with mayonnaise, ew.

    1. Oh and celery! I forgot about the celery!

    2. That sounds delicious, Evi. And I completely agree with you about the mayo in everything.

  2. Coleslaw seems to be a staple salad at every potluck function I've ever attended :p... and I also partake in it grudgingly. From now on, I will probably also only partake of it with the thought of cold sores as well. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    1. No, no, Kara ... I said in the title that coleslaw is herpes free! That's all you need to think: "Mmm ... this lovely salad is absolutely free of herpes simplex."

      Does that help? A little? No. Not really : o )


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