Classic Cole Slaw

IMG_3134 (575x368)I’ve bought cole slaw at the supermarket deli a few times in my life and have been disappointed each time.  I paid what I thought was too much for a very small portion of cole slaw that was mediocre at best.

Then I tried buying a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots and a bottle of cole slaw salad dressing for it.  It was an improvement but still a lot of money for what ended up to be a fairly small bowl of cole slaw.

I set about to find a cole slaw recipe that would make me happy with regard to cost, taste, and quantity.  I found a KFC copycat recipe for cole slaw that met my criteria, and I was very pleased with it.  I’ve always liked KFC’s cole slaw because it’s on the sweeter side, and I do have a sweet tooth.  I’ve been making it for years now.  My daughter Sara, however, complained that the KFC clone was too sweet for her.  I tried cutting down on the sugar in the recipe for her sake, but then I didn’t care for it myself any more.

At that point, I decided to try to find a recipe for a less sweet, more classic cole slaw recipe.  I actually found two that I liked very much and now have three cole slaw recipes in my repertoire.  Sara came for a visit recently and gave a thumbs up on this classic cole slaw.

Why pay more for less when it is so easy to make up a batch of your own?

One year ago:  Homemade Fudge Pops aka Fudgsicles

Two years ago:  Texas Lemon Sheet Cake

Three years ago:  Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Four years ago:  Chewy Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Five years ago:  Cilantro Lime Rice

Classic Cole Slaw

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  • 6 cups chopped or shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


In a large bowl, combine cabbage and carrots.  In a smaller bowl, make dressing by combining mayonnaise, vinegar, celery seed, sugar, salt and pepper.  Toss dressing into cabbage mixture and let chill.

IMG_2922 (575x368)Serve in a family style bowl.

IMG_2936 (575x379)Source:   Slightly adapted recipe from the Food Network

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