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Cole slaw with apples good for spring picnics

If you're thinking of a salad to make to go along with a spring picnic, try a creamy cole slaw. Instead of the traditional slaw with only cabbage and carrots , this one is full of color, with bright red chunks of apples, juicy raisins and chopped walnuts.

Preparing the salad is easy if you have a blender or food processor to shred the vegetables, and the salad tastes better if it is made well ahead of serving time to allow the flavors to blend.

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If you don't have any apples on hand, slices of fresh orange or pineapple would be a good substitute.

For a delicious picnic, pack some cold baked chicken along with the cole slaw and fresh strawberries and rich, fudgy brownies for dessert. Apple Sour Cream Slaw 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 cup sliced celery 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 cup shredded carrots 2 large red apples 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Combine first 7 ingredients.Beat until smooth. Combine remaining ingredients. Add to first mixture, toss to mix. Chill in refrigerator for a few hours before serving. Makes 8 servings.

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