American Coleslaw

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5 from 7 votes
American Coleslaw is a crisp, creamy salad that is so fresh and delicious. It is the perfect side dish for any picnic and get together.
Prep: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
American Coleslaw

American Coleslaw is a crisp, creamy salad that is so fresh and delicious. It is the perfect side dish for any picnic and get together.

American Coleslaw

This American Coleslaw salad is a blend of shredded cabbage, carrots and the best part, theirs the cool and creamy dressing that pulls all the components together.

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What We Love About This Classic American Slaw Recipe

A good coleslaw recipe is the best side for cookouts, picnics and other get togethers. It is cool, creamy crisp and refreshing. It is truly the perfect summer salad. Coleslaw was invented by the Dutch, find out more here.

  • 10 Minute Salad: This is a quick and easy salad to prep and then let all the ingredients meld together.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone likes this crisp and refreshing salad.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, or dairy free, etc…
A top shot of the slaw.

Ingredient Notes

  • Shredded Cabbage: Green cabbage and purple cabbage.
  • Carrots: Shredded carrots, any color that you have will work.
  • Green Onions: finely sliced.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed or from concentrate.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This adds a nice tang.
  • Sugar: White sugar, just a little sweet to add to the dressing.
  • Mayonnaise: Any variety that you enjoy.
  • Sour Cream
  • Creole mustard or other coarse-grained mustard
  • Horseradish
Ingredients for the slaw in bowls, cabbage, mayo etc.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Southern Coleslaw Recipe

These are the basic steps for making burger coleslaw. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

All the vegetables chopped in a dish.

STEP 1: SHRED CABBAGE AND CARROTS

First, shred the cabbage and carrots in a food processor for the coleslaw mix.

STEP 2: MAKE SAUCE

Second in a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, and mustard, vinegar, sugar and salt. 

STEP 3: MIX AND PLACE IN THE REFRIGERATOR

Lastly, add cabbage, carrots and onion.  Mix well.  Finally, refrigerate for 1 hour.

Mixing the ingredients together for the sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips for American Coleslaw

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

There are a few quick and easy fixes to make ahead of time. Buy a bag of coleslaw that is pre shredded. Make the dressing in advance and keep in the fridge in an airtight jar until you are ready to use.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Homemade coleslaw dressing will stay fresh in the refrigerator for at least 3-5 days. Stir and serve when you are ready to serve.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS AMERICAN COLESLAW RECIPE

This is one of the rare occasions that you can not freeze this salad. Mayo-based coleslaw just doesn’t freeze well, they tend to separate and breakdown.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

There are many ways, such as, fat free or low fat mayo, sugar replacement can also be used.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GREEK YOGURT FOR MAYO?

Of course, it is a great way to make your slaw healthier.

CAN I USE SOMETHING TO REPLACE THE FOOD PROCESSOR?

Indeed, try a mandolin or a hand grater or even a knife, if you do not want to use the food processor.

WHAT CAN I USE THIS AMERICAN COLESLAW ON?

While this salad is great as a side dish, you can also use it on top of a pork sandwich or barbecue chicken,. It really adds a sweet crunch.

A bowl of slaw with utensils.

Expert Tips for Making This Cabbage Salad Recipe.

  • Add Vegetables: Try adding shredded brussel sprouts or broccoli to the slaw.
  • Short cut tip: Bagged cabbage can be used for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Celery Seed can be added for extra flavor.
  • Alternate ingredient: Vegan Mayo can be used for this recipe.
  • Season: Salt, black pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, coriander and any other spices to taste for the dressing ingredients.

What to Serve with American Coleslaw

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American Coleslaw
5 from 7 votes

American Cole Slaw

Yield: 10 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
American Coleslaw is a crisp, creamy salad that is so fresh and delicious. It is the perfect side dish for any picnic and get together.
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Ingredients

  • 5 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 5 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced green onions
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Creole mustard or other coarse-grained mustard
  • 3 tbsp Horseradish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, and mustard, vinegar, sugar and salt.
  • Add cabbage, carrots and onion.
  • Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Vegetables: Try adding shredded brussel sprouts or broccoli to the slaw.
  • Short cut tip: Bagged cabbage can be used for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Celery Seed can be added for extra flavor.
  • Alternate ingredient: Vegan Mayo can be used for this recipe.
  • Season: Salt, black pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, coriander and any other spices to taste for the dressing ingredients.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4885IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage

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