Crunchy Refrigerator Salad

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Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

I love cold vinegar salads like my Fire and Ice Salad. I could honestly dive into a vat of that stuff, but that salad really needs to be eaten within a few days and I was looking for something that would last longer in the fridge so I could always have it on hand. So I developed a spinoff salad using veggies that will stay crunchy longer, with a light coating of a dressing based on the same principle – but with a little added kick .

I’ve been enjoying this for the past few days!  And hey, I did this whole tutorial from my wheelchair! How cool is that?

Let’s get mixing!

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

You’ll need: Matchstick carrots (or diced, or baby, or crinkle cut), an onion, coleslaw mix, and some broccoli and cauliflower florets.

AND…

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Some sugar, white vinegar, Italian dressing mix (dry), and a little water.

Now for anyone who has never had a salad like this before, you might think that the sugar will make it sweet but it doesn’t. The sugar is just there to offset the vinegar slightly. It is still a good vinegar taste to it, but with this amount of sugar, it keeps your face from puckering :)

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Chop your onion.

I had to do this when my husband was home, know why? Because I can’t reach the plates!

I keep asking him to put one of each type of dish on the counter before he goes to work but with all he is juggling right now, he often forgets.

This is not the best time to be married to me :)

Remind me, if I ever build a home to make a wheelchair accessible butler’s pantry.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Dump all of your veggies into a large bowl along with onion. Mix that up pretty good.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Mix together water, vinegar, sugar, and Italian dressing mix.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Pour your dressing over the salad.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Stir until well coated.

This isn’t going to seem like enough dressing but as it sits, the veggies will create more water and we will stir it every now and then until it is ready to eat. You’ll be surprised!

However, if you want to add more, add an extra 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup sugar.

Note though, that I do not do this because my goal is to just have a light coating on the veggies.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Cover that and let it sit out for an hour.

Stir really well and then refrigerate all day or overnight.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Eat whenever you like!

This will keep for up to a week and makes a great snack, side dish for supper, or quick lunch!

I’m eating some right now :)

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 14 ounces coleslaw mix
  • 12 ounces broccoli and cauliflower florets
  • 10 ounces matchstick carrots (or 1 cup and ½ of diced carrots)
  • 1 onion, chopped
Dressing
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • .7 ounce package of dry Italian Dressing Mix (enough to make 8 ounces of dressing)
Instructions
  1. In very large bowl, combine all vegetables.
  2. In 2 cup measuring cup, pour water, vinegar, sugar, and dressing mix. Stir for a few minutes until well combined and sugar begins to dissolve (it won't dissolve completely at this point).
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and stir well to coat. Cover and let sit at room temp for one hour. After one hour, stir again, cover and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving, stir well. Will keep in fridge for up to a week. It actually gets better as the week goes on!

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . .I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

~Philippians 4: 12-13

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