Take-out Tuesday, Strawberry Coleslaw Salad & Crispy Buttermilk Rings

Here are 2 easy peasy summer sides, a refreshing summer salad and crispy thin onion rings

coleslaw salad

This salad is light and fresh, and can be a meal in itself or a side dish


This is a twist on coleslaw with the addition of romaine lettuce, bacon and strawberries with a mustard vinaigrette dressing and pecans for a little crunch

coleslaw salad with strawberries, bacon & pecans

Add some grilled chicken to really amp it up


Oh, did I mention that I snuck some bleu cheese in there too?

coleslaw salad 1

It’s dressed with a light sweet mustard vinaigrette to enhance all the different flavors

coleslaw salad

You can change up the ingredients any way you like, substitute blueberries or blackberries, try swiss cheese instead of blue, use deli meat or rotisserie chicken, dress with a fruit vinaigrette instead of sweet mustard vinaigrette…

Endless possibilities!

Now, want something crunchy?

buttermilk battered onion rings

Got buttermilk?  Make these easy peasy onion rings with a seasoned salt flour batter


Slice a vidalia or sweet onion into thin slices and separate the rings.  You’ll need 3 bowls, 2 for seasoned flour and one for the buttermilk

Using 2 bowls for flour keeps it from getting too lumpy from the buttermilk

buttermilk onion rings

Dredge rings in flour, then buttermilk, and then flour again and place them into a fryer or deep skillet with oil

You can also cook them in butter by heating 4 T butter to skillet and letting it cook until foamy, then add onion rings and cook until crisp on one side and turn to cook other side.

buttermilk battered onion rings

In no time at all you will have thin and tasty onion rings

Strawberry Pecan Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern


Salad ingredients per serving

  • 3-4 crisp romaine leaves torn into bite size pieces
  • 1-2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1-2 slices cooked bacon torn into small pieces
  • 4-5 fresh strawberries cut into pieces
  • 8 pecan or praline pecans* chopped or halved
  • 1 oz bleu cheese crumbled

Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 T dijon mustard or any mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste

Praline Pecans

  • pecan halves
  • brown sugar
  • Kosher salt



  • Toss ingredients to mix and dress with Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

  • Mix ingredients in a small jar and shake to mix. Store in refrigerator for several weeks. Bring to room temperature or microwave 10-20 seconds to remix before serving. Makes about 1/2 cup

Praline Pecans

  • Sauté pecans in butter and brown sugar until sugar begins to caramelize, stirring constantly and removing from heat before pecans burn. Cool pecans on a piece of wax paper or parchment and sprinkle with salt
Keyword coleslaw, easy salad, fruity coleslaw, strawberry salad, summer salad

Crispy Buttermilk Onion Rings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 3 cereal bowls


  • sweet or vidalia onion
  • buttermilk
  • all purpose flour
  • seasoned salt like Lowrey’s
  • kosher salt
  • peanut oil or butter


  • Heat oil in a deep pot or fryer to about 380-400 degrees. You can test it by dropping a small piece of onion in oil, if it bubbles and bounces the oil is ready. Or heat butter in a skillet and let it begin to turn brown and foamy
  • Slice onion thinly and separate into rings. Place some flour into 2 separate bowls and season well with seasoned salt. Fill 3rd bowl with buttermilk. Arrange bowls in a line with buttermilk in the middle. Dredge rings, 3-4 at a time, into flour, then buttermilk, and then flour again.
  • Drop battered rings into hot oil in batches to fry, or cook in butter in skillet. Cook onions until crisp and turn over to cook other side, working in batches. Cook 2-3 minutes if frying, or 8-10 minutes if sauteing, until rings are golden.
  • Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve warm. Can be placed in 200 degree oven to keep warm while cooking the remainder of rings. Plan on 4-5 rings per person
Keyword buttermilk, crispy onions, french fried onions, onion rings
buttermilk battered onion rings


for another printable version of Strawberry Coleslaw Salad click here

for another printable version of Crispy Buttermilk Rings click here


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10 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Strawberry Coleslaw Salad & Crispy Buttermilk Rings”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, It’s definitely salad season around here and I love your tasty combo of ingredients! Everything is better with the addition of bacon and onion rings too 🙂

  2. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    The sweetness of fruit with a tangy cheese is my latest love of the summer. Paired with a crisp white wine, I’m hooked! I love your addition of the onion rings. A light, crunchy and salty touch which completes my ultimate, perfect, heavenly bite!

  3. Jodi says:

    how I would adore cooking and eating with you! 🙂

  4. Jenna, the salad sounds great for these extremely hot days, I wish I could sneak the bleu cheese in, husband won’t touch it! Your onion ring recipe is just like mine and it is sooo gooood!

  5. Everything looks amazing and oh so delicious. I will be trying these recipes for sure.

  6. Lynn says:

    Looks like a perfect lunch:@)

  7. Sheryl says:

    I’m intrigued by the onion rings. I’ve never tried making them from scratch, but this post motivates me to give it a try.

  8. Helen Adams says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome Strawberry Coleslaw Salad with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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