Nothing Fancy Cole Slaw

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Author Notes: This is the ultimate cole slaw for pairing with BBQ. Around my house, its almost a necessity that this is made whenever the smoker gets fired up. The large amount of red cabbage gives this cole slaw an awesome pink color, which looks ever so beautiful on a pulled pork sandwich.

Plan to make this one at least a few hours ahead of time, if not the day before. I've found that one of the tricks to great cole slaw is to let it sit for a few hours, and let everything get soft in the creamy dressing. Also, this makes a fair amount of slaw, so if you are making this for just a few, think about halving the recipe.

Serves 12 or more

  • 1/2 head red cabbage
  • 1/2 head green cabbage
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 cups mayonaise
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  1. Shred cabbage and carrots, and place in large bowl. This can either be accomplished by hand, or more easily, with the help of the slicing blade on a large food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and combine.
  3. Transfer to smallest storage container that will easily hold it all and place in fridge to chill. If you are feeling ambitious (and have placed your cole slaw in an appropriate container), you can shake it every couple of hours to re-coat all of the salad.
  4. Shake thoroughly before serving.
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Tags: Side Dishes, Summer

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about 1 year ago rpepper

This came out great! Served at a Super Bowl rib and pulled pork fest. I had more dressing than I needed, but it won't go to waste because I'll make this slaw again soon.


9 months ago BigDaveSpoon

I'm glad you enjoyed it!


almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Sounds fabulous! A great coleslaw recipe is worth its weight in gold!


almost 4 years ago Panfusine

I can just imagine the vibrant taste of the coleslaw simply by looking at the stunning colors in the photograph.. Talk about synesthesia!!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Your photos show the beauty of this really well!