Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw

Brat with Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw --- yum!

Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw is an utterly simple, utterly brilliant side for your next picnic, barbecue, or potluck  — the famously mellow onions are sliced paper thin and tossed with a cool buttermilk dressing — it’s a little bit of heaven on a paper plate!

Vidalia Onion Slaw

Vidalias are super mild, sweet onions that were only discovered by accident in Vidalia Georgia in the 1930s — something about the soil in that particular area resulted in their unusual mellow quality, and  they’re so darned sweet and delicious that they eventually became trademarked.   The only onions that can call themselves Vidalias are from those certain counties in Georgia.   Vidalias are mild enough to eat right out of hand, like an apple, but I think this slaw is an even better idea.   Serve it as a side, or on hot dogs, brats, burgers, sandwiches, etc.  It goes with anything and everything and couldn’t be simper…

Vidalia Onions for Vidalia Onion Slaw

I made an appropriately Southern style slaw dressing to complement these Georgian gems.  It’s a blend of buttermilk, mayo, and a lovely crisp O Citrus Champagne Vinegar.  With a recipe this simple it makes sense to go with good quality, and O’s vinegars are light and refreshing enough to drink on their own, or in a cocktail.  A bit of salt, pepper, and a good dash of celery seeds completes this dressing.   The buttermilk and the champagne vinegar work together to elevate even a homey slaw into something special.

 

Simple Vidalia Onion Slaw in a creamy buttermilk dressing

If you’re like me and generally avoid eating too many raw onions, I think you’ll be amazed at how you can tolerate these without any problems at all.   The flavor is sweet and mellow, and there’s none of the harsh sharpness we associate with regular onions.

Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw is perfect on burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, you name it!

Onions are so tightly packed that when you slice one of them paper thin and separate all the strands it’ll fill a pretty good sized bowl.   I love this recipe because with just one onion you can have this sweet Vidalia onion slaw on the table in no time.  Most people don’t know it but onions are really healthy — they can help prevent everything from heart attacks and strokes, to ulcers and cancer.   This delicious slaw might just put cabbage out of business!

Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw

Yield: serves approximately 8 people

Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw

Ingredients

  • 2 Vidalia onions (or other sweet variety)
    buttermilk dressing
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp O Citrus Champagne Vinegar
  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper
    garnish
  • dill, parsley, thyme, or chive

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the onions into 1/8 inch slices. This is best done on a mandolin slicer. Cut the slices in half or thirds.
  2. Put the onions into a bowl, carefully separating the strands as you add them.
  3. Whisk together the dressing and be sure to taste to adjust any of the ingredients.
  4. Pour enough dressing over the onions to saturate them, but don't drown them. Toss well and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  5. Garnish with just a bit of green before serving, it could be dill, thyme, parsley, or chive.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/sweet-vidalia-onion-slaw/

notes:

  • This dressing is on the thin side…if you’d like it thicker and creamier, use half the amount of buttermilk.
  • I almost added a bit of horseradish, I think that would be nice.  Or a bit of grainy Dijon mustard…depends on your mood.
  • To lighten the dressing try using Greek yogurt in place of the mayo.  Don’t worry about the buttermilk, despite its name, it’s super low in fat.  If you don’t have buttermilk you can use regular milk, but the flavor won’t be as good.
  • Unlike regular onions, sweet onions can be stored in the refrigerator.

 

Brat with Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw --- yum!

 

 

 

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Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw is a simple side that goes with anything and everything!

 

 

*This post is in association with O Olive Oil, but I think you already know that all opinions are my own.  I’m a huge believer in this company, their oils and vinegars are stars in my kitchen — thank you for supporting them, and The View from Great Island <3

28 Comments

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    May 2, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I love Vidalia onions but never thought to use them in a slaw! This is so creative and look downright tasty as heck!

  • Reply
    Sara
    May 1, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    My husband loves sweet onions, every time I send him to the store with onions on the list he buys vidalias, no matter how expensive they are or what I originally asked for ;)! What a great idea to turn them into a slaw!

  • Reply
    Susan
    May 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    What a wonderful way to showcase those delicious Vidalia onions, Sue! I love the sound of a bit of Dijon mustard in the dressing too. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Yeah, mustard would be nice for sure…I kept it light this time to let the onions really shine, but there are lots of other directions to take that dressing.

  • Reply
    cheri
    April 30, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Sue, only you could make an sweet onion slaw and I find myself pinning it. It’s inventive and looks amazing.

  • Reply
    Liz @ I heart vegetables
    April 30, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I love onions but I’ve never made an onion slaw! This would definitely be a perfect topping on a veggie burger :) Might have to give this a try!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    April 30, 2016 at 7:56 am

    This has me drooling thinking about all the summer grilled things I could put it on! delicious!

  • Reply
    Aggie
    April 30, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Oh my, I love Vidalias and this slaw looks fantastic! Great use of a seasonal ingredients.

  • Reply
    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    April 30, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I’m such an onion fan and so is everyone else in the house so this will be a big hit. I love this recipe, Sue, and it’s going to find a place on the table many times this summer. My head is swimming with all the things you could pair it with!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Love this and I spotted Vidalias in the store today! I can think of a bunch of uses for it in the summer time!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Wow, wow, wow and wow! Love this and my husband is going to flip! I could put this on everything and anything. Love the white on white photos too – so pretty! Have a wonderful weekend – sharing!

  • Reply
    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    April 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    You’re blowing my mind here with this slaw! I’m usually not a raw onion person, but I’ve also never tried vidalias, so I’m very intrigued, and it sure does make a beautiful and unique looking side dish.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    April 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I know this is a side but I’m sure I could eat it for a meal! YUM!

  • Reply
    Molly
    April 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This sounds totally delicious. I love all kinda slaw/relish and this looks so simple to make.

  • Reply
    Britni
    April 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    This looks like something my dad would absolutely love! I don’t actually eat onions myself, but I’m forwarding the recipe his way to try!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Let us know how he likes it Britni :)

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I can so see this slaw becoming a summer staple. Love the Vidalia onions!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    April 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I love a good slaw recipe for topping things with and this one sounds like a great new one to try this summer! I’ve never heard of using buttermilk in a slaw recipe, but I’m so intrigued by the idea!

  • Reply
    Giselle
    April 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I’m not a huge fan of onions but I do love them on my hot dogs so I’ll have to give this a try sometime this summer :D
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Hanady
    April 29, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Woohooo! It’s s 3 day weekend in Shanghai and we’re grilling sausages. Now I know exactly what to top them with. Just need to find sweet onions… The hunt is on!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

      let me know how you like it Hanady, and have a fun weekend!

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    April 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    That’s a lot of onions but looks amazing! Excited about those sweet onions!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

      You know it’s so funny Matt, one little onion explodes into a whole bowlful when you slice them on a mandolin!

  • Reply
    Just Jo
    April 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Oh I just adore onions and don’t mind regular ones raw so I bet I would adore this slaw. I adore most slaws lol! I’ll have to see if I can source these onions in the UK as I’d love to try this recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I think you’re in for a treat, Jo. Not sure if you can get Vidalias in the UK, my guess is not…but I bet there is another variety of sweet onion available to you.

  • Reply
    tanya
    April 29, 2016 at 7:29 am

    You took an ordinary onion and made it into something extraordinary!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 29, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Tanya, I was really pleased with this recipe…I thought I had invented it, but after I finished the post I googled it and saw that it’s, of course, a ‘thing’. But I did notice that most if not all recipes add cabbage to the onion, and I like my pure version better ;)

  • Reply
    Dawn
    April 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

    You have the most creative recipes, Sue. I would never in a million years have thought of this, but I love Vidalia onions, I get a crate of them shipped from Georgia every year!

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