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This creamy coleslaw is a classic summertime staple.  It is quick to make and good with burgers, BBQ and more! 

bowl of cole slaw with homemade creamy dressing

       There is just something about a delicious creamy coleslaw. It is easy to make and best made ahead and it goes so wonderfully with fried chicken, BBQ and more. It is a favorite summer side dish.

big bowl of shredded cabbage and carrots with a jar of homemade creamy cole slaw dressing.

    Our family has been enjoying this coleslaw for years.  The original recipe is from The Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked cookbook that Pops and I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago.

     I changed it just a little to suit our tastes.  So many of the meals I grew up eating came from my mom’s red and white checked cookbook that she got as a wedding gift.

     My daughters all have one too.  I have gifted many brides with their own copies.  Hopefully they will use theirs as references for years too!

-MiMi

bowl of shredded cabbage and carrots with dressing poured over the top

Every time I make coleslaw, I am amazed by the process.  When you first pour the dressing on and give it a stir, it never seems like it is going to be enough. 

But over time in the refrigerator, the salt and vinegar work their magic. The cabbage softens up and everything comes together in the end. 

That is one of the fabulous parts about this salad.  Unlike most salads, you don’t have to put it together at the last minute. 

In fact it is best when you do it a couple of hours ahead of time and let it sit in the refrigerator.  Just give it a quick toss when you are ready to eat and you are ready to go. Now worries about wilted lettuce! 

pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw

We love eating ours as a side to so many dishes, but we also love it as a topping on  our pulled pork sandwiches! It is also a must at a fish fry! 

If you prefer a vinegar dressing, don’t despair. I have a recipe for tangy vinegar coleslaw as well!

Or for a fun fall twist, try my apple coleslaw.  It is great on its own or paired with apple cider pulled pork

Yield: 8 Servings

Creamy Coleslaw

bowl of creamy coleslaw ready to eat.

There is just something about a delicious creamy coleslaw. It is easy to make and best made ahead and it goes so wonderfully with fried chicken, BBQ and more. It is a favorite summer side dish.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. package of coleslaw mix or 4 cups cabbage and 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, salt and pepper and whisk together. I put these ingredients in a pint sized canning jar with lid and just shake it up. Then I can store it in the refrigerator until ready to stir into the cabbage mixture.
  2. Sine the slaw releases water after the dressing is added, you might want to wait until about an hour before you plan to serve it to combine the two.
  3. This stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This creamy coleslaw is a classic summertime staple.  It is quick to make and good with burgers, BBQ and more!

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