One of my favorite summer salads/coleslaws is Gertrude Houlihan’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw. It’s an old recipe from the newspaper that my mother’s been making for years and now, it’s a staple in our summer meals. I’ve shared the recipe on the blog a long time ago, but it’s so good that it deserves the spotlight. (I’d like to think my photography has improved a bit too since then!)

If you aren’t familiar with napa cabbage, it is kind of a cross between regular, green cabbage and lettuce and I just love the texture. It is more lettuce than cabbage, but holds up to dressing well, just like cabbage.

This is the perfect coleslaw for summer cookouts or simply as a side to a grilled dinner.

I’m not sure who Gertrude Houlihan is, but I’m sure glad I’ve got her coleslaw recipe.

Gertrude Houlihan's Coleslaw
Recipe type: salad, side
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  • 1 medium head of napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • salt & pepper
  1. Layer cabbage and blue cheese. Chill.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients until emulsified.
  3. Toss dressing with cabbage and serve.

13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    What a great recipe! I love coleslaw in the summer :)


  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    This looks like a great mayo-free coleslaw – just the way I like it ;) Thanks for sharing!


    • Emily
      Jun 27, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

      I didn’t even think of/realize that attribute!


  3. Mercedes
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    This will for sure be an addition to our meals at the lake this summer!


  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Gertrudge Houlihan. With a name like that.. it’s got to be delicious coleslaw! :)


  5. Maris(In Good Taste)
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Love the blue cheese in this! Great picnic fare


  6. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    So glad you put it back in the spotlight! Great pictures! We have a cookout coming up and this would be great.


  7. Cait's Plate
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Yum that looks so delicious! Definitely need to incorporate this into my summer eats…it’s such a perfect summer food!


  8. Dana
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    This sounds delicious… a nice light option for those summer BBQs!


  9. Lacey
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    I tried this last night (without the cheese) and loved it! Thanks for sharing. :-)


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear that! I’ll have to try it without the cheese sometime!


  10. erwan
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    i love the concept of this site. Who would of thought that nutritionist actually eat? haha. i love how you lighten everything up without compromising flavour!


    • Emily
      Jun 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

      HA! I love food and love to eat. :)


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