Just about everybody has a version of slaw handed down from Grandma or stolen from a favorite eatery. It's an unwritten (s)law.
Personally, I like working variations on a theme. There are the standards (simple shredded cabbage and dressing) and the fancified (mixed cabbages, finely grated fruits, nuts, wine dressings, and airs to put on), and everything in between.
Today, I opted for the "trendy" member of the cabbage family. Cauliflower. It's not because the fashion this year is all things cauliflower. We've been eating the stuff for years.
It's because...well, just because. I like it. It's tasty, the salad is simple, and that's all.
You can buy cauliflower "rice" -- the pre-grated stuff -- if you're lazy. You can grate it by hand, if you must. Personally, I like putting a fine slicer blade into the Kitchen-Aid attachment (any food processor's fine slicer will do), so as to make pretty bites.
And, once you have the shredded vegetable matter, the rest is simple.
Zesty Cauliflower Slaw
1 small head cauliflower, sliced or grated (about 4-5 cups sliced, 3 cups "rice" style)
2/3 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellmann's/Best with Olive Oil, or – even better – homemade)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2-8 drops Tabasco sauce, to taste
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and hot sauce to make dressing (you will want to use slightly less hot sauce than you think you'll need, because the cauliflower does amplify the heat of the sauce). Stir until completely mixed.
In a medium bowl, stir the dresing into the cauliflower until evenly distributed. If you need to extend the dressing, sprinkle vinegar lightly and stir until every bit of the cauliflower is coated.
Cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
It's that simple.