Food Monday ~ Date & Banana Slaw

Date & Banana Slaw

  • 4 ozs of red cabbage, shredded
  • 4 ozs of white cabbage, shredded
  • 2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 ozs stoned dates, finely chopped
  • 1 large banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1 tablespoon single cream
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt & black pepper

Put the red and white cabbage, celery and dates in a bowl.Toss the banana in the lemon juice to preserve the colour and add to the bowl.Mix together the cream and mayonnaise, and season to taste.Spoon the dressing over the salad and toss until the vegetables are well coated.Turn into serving bowl and sprinkle with pine kernels.

20 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Date & Banana Slaw

  1. Baino

    Sounds lovely without the bananananana. . .for some reason I just don’t like them. Don’t mind them in banana bread or as a flavour but just bananas poor things, I can’t do it. My mother used to say, “There’s a meal in every banana!” Might try it without tho!

  2. Grannymar Post author

    Baino, The banana was the first & best fast food ever. It is the second most perfect food (milk is the first) and comes with biodegradable packaging!

    Substitute something else instead.

  3. Kate

    mmm it does sound delicious – like Baino, I don’t really like bananas unless they are ‘in’ something but I will give this a go!!!

  4. Magpie11

    I assume you mean hooman milk? There’s a whole movement out there that says cow’s (and other non human milks) are not good for us. Don’t know that I believe it though.

    Please make sure the bananas are from the Windies if you’re in the British Isles…. small producers etc.

  5. Grannymar Post author

    @Kate – Use firm bananas they are easier to slice.

    @Magpie – Yep! Indeed I did mean ‘hooman milk’, the other kind goes through so many processes these days I wonder if there is any good in it at all. I, as you know, have a problem with cow’s milk and as I get older have discovered there are more and more people with similar problems.

  6. Grannymar Post author

    @Mil – I finished it 10 minutes ago!

    @Magpie – I did try goats milk once, didn’t like it. I never tried ewes milk.

  7. Mil

    It will take me 7 hours to get there, so tell the “boys” (Conrad, Rummy, and Maynard) to save some for me.

  8. gaelikaa

    Must try that one. There’ll be loads of dates available in my neck of the woods the next Eid time – that’s a Muslim festival for anyone who doesn’t know. And bananas – sure they’re all over the place here in India!

  9. Darlene

    I hate chopping dates – sticky things – but may do so for this slaw. It sounds wonderful, but still don’t know what single cream is. Is that what we call ‘soured cream’?

    I love bananas and eat one every day for the potassium. If you suffer from leg cramps, like I do, you should scarf one down every day.

  10. Grannymar Post author

    Darlene, Do you use a scissors to chop the dates? I find it works well. Single cream is a pouring consistency and will not thicken when whipped. I eat a banana mid morning, it stops me looking for chocolate.

  11. Darlene

    I had forgotten that trick of using scissors. Thanks for reminding me, Grannymar. Dates are still sticky, but I think I could manage to do the job with your suggestion.

  12. Grannymar Post author

    Darlene, I forgot to mention to keep a cup or beaker of boiling water handy. Dip the scissors in it as you work, shake off the excess water and snip away at the dates.

  13. Grannymar Post author

    Darlene, I use a scissors to cut many items for cooking and the hot water saves sticky items sticking to the knife.


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