Creole-Spiced Slaw

Bursting with island flavour this cool summer Creole-Spiced Slaw is made to spicy-sweet perfection – the kind that goes with any kind of barbeque—from burgers to ribs to chicken.

Serves 6

For the Sweet and Spicy Jerked Cashews:
11⁄4 cups raw cashews
2 tsp. jerk sauce
Sea salt
1 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. brown sugar

For the Coconut Sesame Dressing:
juice of 6 limes (about 6 tablespoons)
1 stalk lemongrass, tender inner part only, smashed
and finely chopped
1 stalk scallion, chopped
2 tbsp. honey, preferably Jamaican
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. dark Asian sesame oil
1 tsp. soy sauce
1⁄4 tsp. minced Scotch bonnet
1⁄4 cup canned coconut milk
6 oz. white cabbage, thinly shredded (2 to 3 cups)
6 oz. red cabbage, thinly shredded (2 to 3 cups)
1⁄2 medium red pepper, cut into matchsticks
1⁄2 medium yellow pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 red chile pepper, seeded and finely sliced into strips
1⁄2 red onion, thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced strips fresh pineapple
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cut into thin strips
1 medium ripe papaya, peeled and cut into thin strips
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Toasted grated coconut (optional)

To make the sweet and spicy jerked cashews, preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, toss the cashews with the jerk sauce and a little salt. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until golden, about 5 minutes.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and let melt; when it begins to caramelize, add the roasted cashews and toss to coat well. Spread the cashews out onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper to cool. Roughly chop.
To make the coconut sesame dressing, in a blender, combine all of the ingredients and whizz together. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine both cabbages, all the peppers, the red onion, pineapple, mango and papaya. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetable and fruit mixture, add the mint and cilantro and toss. Top with the sweet and spicy cashews and toasted coconut, if using.

Serve chilled.

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