Cabbage and Red Onion Slaw

June 21, 2016
6 Ratings
Photo by Alexandra Stafford
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

A simple slaw I've been making with my CSA cabbage and serving with these fish tacos. Alexandra Stafford

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  1. Whisk together the sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Taste. For more bite, add another teaspoon of vinegar. Stir and taste again. Adjust with more salt if necessary.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and onion. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Taste. Adjust with more salt if necessary.

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10 Reviews

Cailin June 3, 2021
Making this with a friend this weekend. Could the Crema & slaw be made a day ahead? Thanks
Alexandra S. June 4, 2021
Hi Cailin! Absolutely for the slaw. I think the creme is best made fresh — it loses a little bit of its vibrancy after a day or two in the fridge. That said, it certainly won't go bad if you make it a day in advance, so go for it if that's what's best for timing purposes.
niko January 8, 2021
it is also good to substitute the sour cream with greek yogui and omit the buttermilk for a bit healthier version
Dianne J. January 1, 2018
Excellent slaw, but I do not like sweet slaw, so I used only a teaspoon of sugar.
Diana R. July 9, 2017
First of all I am not a fan of coleslaw. This recipe may have changed my mind. I took it to a potluck last night. My husband overheard a guest saying it was the best coleslaw he had ever had! Have you made it with red cabbage before?
Alexandra S. July 10, 2017
So happy to hear this, Diana! I have not made it with red cabbage, but I can't image it being anything but delicious. Go for it!
Miss C. July 5, 2016
Awesome slaw! I used it for fish taco's, I added some Penzeys Chipotle seasoning for some heat it was awesome!
Alexandra S. July 5, 2016
Yum! Love the idea of spicing this up a bit. I need to stock up on some Penzeys spices—they are so good.
Tony &. June 26, 2016
Simple and delicious! Will be my go-to recipe. Husband loves it!
Alexandra S. June 26, 2016
So happy to hear this! Thanks for writing in.