Summer Cheese Slaw

Upon first glance, I was not impressed with this recipe at all. The ingredients did not appear that they would work well together, and it just looked quite bland. But I kept hearing so much about it that I just had to try it. Good thing I did - our guests loved it! It was a great offset to the sweet but spicy Summer Fruit Salsa. And you're just not serving good snacks if you don't have at least one cheesy item!

This recipe works well because, if it is chilled well, it will hold up to outdoor temperatures or a long wait on an indoor appetizer buffet. It only has a touch of mayo, so it is not so creamy that it gets gloppy in the heat. The spice in it is quite mild, so it appeals to a wide range of tastes. It's really good when served with Wheat Thins, which are slightly sweet; but it will work well with any chips or crackers you have around.

The recipe is called Cheese Slaw because it's supposed to look like slaw and you are supposed to serve it from a hollowed out head of cabbage. I did neither. I didn't want to spend time hollowing out a cabbage head for our super casual afternoon party, but it does look nice served this way on a silver or white tray surrounded by crudites and crackers. My slaw also does not look like slaw since I didn't use shredded cheese. I bought packages of sandwich cheese and chopped them into looks a lot like chopped pasta. Anyway, if you are hosting something fancy, use shredded (or grate your own) Swiss and serve in cabbage. Your photo will surely turn out more appetizing than mine!

Oh! This recipe is also from a Junior League cookbook. Aren't those ladies the best at recipes for entertaining?

Summer Cheese Slaw
1 pound shredded Swiss cheese
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup jarred banana peppers, finely chopped
1/4 cup jarred jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
16 oz. jar mayonnaise
Dash of lemon juice
1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

Combine all ingredients. Chill for 24 hours prior to serving. Serve chilled, garnished with the sun-dried tomatoes.