Nothing Fancy Cole Slaw

October  4, 2022
1 Ratings
  • Serves 12 or more
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. —BigDaveSpoon

What You'll Need
  • 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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  • Louise Belmont-Skinner
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  • Panfusine
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7 Reviews

Louise B. December 20, 2017
I was asked to bring a salad to a holiday pot luck. This Cole Slaw was the perfect “salad” to bring believing as I do that in NW Indiana there are really no farm-fresh greens during this time of year. This slaw is delicious and beautiful. I halved the sugar and topped the finished slaw with pomegranate seeds. I thought this would enrich the presentation but the seeds also provided little explosions of freshness and tartness to the eating experience. BTW the host served chorizo chili.
nancy October 24, 2017
Just the recipe I was looking for. Went well with smoked brisket. Too sweet for my taste so next time I'll add just a Tablespoon or so of sugar.
rpepper February 2, 2014
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.
BigDaveSpoon June 28, 2014
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
fiveandspice April 28, 2011
Sounds fabulous! A great coleslaw recipe is worth its weight in gold!
Panfusine April 27, 2011
I can just imagine the vibrant taste of the coleslaw simply by looking at the stunning colors in the photograph.. Talk about synesthesia!!
Sagegreen April 17, 2011
Your photos show the beauty of this really well!