Cranberry Waltz: A Summer Slaw Discovery

A Lobster Hut Gem Inspires a Homegrown Coleslaw Creation

On a sunny summer day, the air filled with the salty breeze from Buzzards Bay, my wife Gail and I embarked on our ritual journey back from the Kingman marina, our trunk laden with the treasures of the sea. Lobsters, clams, and the promise of a seafood-powered Sunday feast for both of us and our lucky neighbors. Little did we know that our culinary adventure would take a delightful turn with the unexpected discovery of cranberry walnut slaw.

At one of the charming lobster huts dotting our route, nestled among the seafood delicacies, there it was—a colorful and inviting mound of cranberry walnut slaw. Gail couldn’t help but tease me, claiming that I had an uncanny ability to incorporate cranberries into just about anything. With a grin, I agreed, but the idea of cranberries in a coleslaw-based summer salad intrigued us both.


  • 1 small green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


  • Prepare the Vegetables: Finely shred the green cabbage and julienne the carrots. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add Cranberries and Walnuts: Halve the fresh cranberries and roughly chop the walnuts. Add them to the bowl with cabbage and carrots.
  • Make the Dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Combine and Toss: Pour the dressing over the vegetables, cranberries, and walnuts. Gently toss the ingredients until evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Chill and Marinate: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the slaw for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the slaw to marinate.
  • Serve and Garnish: Before serving, give the slaw a final toss. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of color and freshness.
  • Enjoy the Symphony: Serve this homemade cranberry walnut slaw as a side dish to your summer feasts. Let the symphony of textures and tastes dance on your palate.

Now, dear reader, I invite you to be the judge. Is this homemade cranberry walnut slaw an elevation to coleslaw perfection? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and perhaps you too will be inspired to waltz into the world of summer slaw adventures.


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