ABOUT | RECIPES | BOOKS You ever make coleslaw? (If yes, you'll probably know where I'm coming from; if no, what I'm about to say may save you some heartache). So, the way that the vast majority of recipes tell you to make slaw is to slice/shred some cabbage and put it in a big bowl with some combination of other veggies, mayo, mustard, vinegar, citrus, seasonings, salt and pepper. Here's the problem: as soon as you mix the salt with the cabbage, it starts pulling out moisture (that's what salt does). The water that's pulled out of the cabbage combines with all the other stuff that you put in the dressing and result in slaw that's, for lack of a better descriptor, watery.