If you’ve read my column for any amount of time, you know I rarely eat fast food because cooking at home is so much more fun. But if I’m going to pull through the drive-through, it’s most likely going to be at Chick-fil-A.
Several weeks ago, I decided to grab a chicken sandwich with a side of coleslaw and lemonade, the same meal I’ve been eating since middle school, when Chick-fil-A came to my local mall. I pulled up and placed my order.
What happened next still has me reeling: I was told they no longer serve coleslaw.
The courteous server quickly offered me the “superfood” salad, which was a new side on the menu.
“But I can’t spread superfood salad on my chicken sandwich!” I said, still in shock.
I was aghast and disappointed, but tried the new salad made with kale, broccoli, dried cherries and roasted nuts. It’s perfectly fine, but it’s not my slaw. Somehow I missed the coleslaw announcement at the end of last year and its permanent removal in January.
I did find the original slaw recipe on Chick-fil-A’s website. It has a big dose of sugar and real mayonnaise, which was why I enjoyed it so much all those years. There also appear to be several online petitions to bring back the coleslaw. Until Chick-fil-A comes to its senses, here is the recipe for us to enjoy at home.
4 tsp. distilled white vinegar
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup mayonnaise
20 oz. finely shredded green cabbage, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped carrots
Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in mayonnaise. Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve.
Makes 8 servings.
Reprinted from http://inside.chick-fil-a.com.
Each serving has about 158 calories, 10 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 8 milligrams cholesterol, 1 gram protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams dietary fiber, 10 grams sugar, 298 milligrams sodium.
Alicia Ross is the co-author of three cookbooks. Contact her c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://kitchenscoop.com.