I often say I make the BEST cole slaw. And I believe I do, having spent a few years working on my master recipe that I think is a good copycat version of KFC’s cole slaw. But this year, I was stunned when I tried a new version that rivals my own. With pineapple! I’d never have thought to add pineapple to cole slaw. I think of cole slaw as a vegetable salad, not a fruit salad. But it does work.
We were doing a Taste of the Season type of tour through a local grocery store to benefit a local community violence intervention center. We paid for two commemorative plates and set out to sample. At the start were several booths in the produce department. One had cole slaw and I decided to try it, thinking this can’t possibly be good.
Oh was I wrong. So very wrong. I loved that slaw and had to hold myself back from doing a face plant into the larger bowl. My little sample disappeared too fast. Now I will never, ever buy a premade slaw dressing. They’re too simple to throw together at home with ingredients I always have on hand.
But this jar of cole slaw dressing was so good it went into my cart. Along with the bag of dried cranberries and not one but THREE bags of shredded coleslaw mix. I do normally buy my slaw mix already shredded, it’s just easier.
The directions were simple: mix and chill one hour prior to eating. Well call me lazy, that’s the easiest salad I ever made for Thanksgiving. No chopping, shredding, whisking, or taste testing. The hardest part of the recipe was tearing open plastic bags and opening the jar. This jar was even easy to open, and that’s saying a lot. With my small hands I often have trouble with those jars.
I should mention here I researched Jimmy’s and it’s a Minnesota made product. Their site had quite a few states listed for distribution to grocery stores. I’m sorry if you don’t live in a state that they deliver to. Perhaps your grocery might have another brand that is similar. I was pleased to see many more recipe ideas on their site. One was similar to this one and included bacon. Bacon! Must try soon.
I served the cole slaw at our family Thanksgiving dinner and it was a success. I think it made what was a normally a popular dish into even more of a hit. Buying that jar of slaw dressing might have been painful for me at first, but I got used to it. It was a good thing. A VERY good thing!
And of course I went back to the store and bought another jar of Jimmy’s dressing. I’m going to work on my own recipe for the pineapple cole slaw dressing. Because, that’s what blogger’s do. I’m going to taste test back and forth until I get my own master recipe nailed down.
Pineapple Cranberry Cole Slaw
A sweet, fresh cole slaw with pineapple and cranberries.
- 28 ounces cole slaw mix
- 1 jar Jimmy’s Pineapple Cole Slaw Dressing
- 3/4 cup Waymouth Dried Cranberries (Suggested brand, I think other brands would be fine)
Stir together one hour before eating and refrigerate.
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