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Been looking for a simple coleslaw recipe and all i get is lots of fancy stuff?

Anyone have a recipe similar to what you get in the supermarkets? Plain and simple. Nothing creamy.

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22 Responses to “Been looking for a simple coleslaw recipe and all i get is lots of fancy stuff?”

  1. C. W. said :

    If you don’t want a creamy slaw go with olive oil, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, cracked black pepper.

    Simple and not creamy.


  2. brainlady said :

    This is rather made up, but it works well. Just keep stirring and tasting. Sorry- don’t know exact quantities- but it is quite self explanatory. (mixture of mum’s and bistro restaurant recipe.

    White cabbage- sliced
    Carrots- grated
    Onion sliced- red onion is good
    a mixture of salad cream and mayonnaise and mix.
    salt and pepper to taste.

  3. charc72042 said :

    NO FANCY MIXES OR DRESSING, JUST 5 ingredients. This is the way our local BBQ restaurant makes it, it’s not all wet & sloppy, it’s almost like KFC slaw. . Cabbage, mayo or miracle whip, sugar, salt & pepper. ABOUT THE SALT, that is what makes it watery, it draws out the liquid from any vegetable. So you don’t have to put it in till your ready or they can just salt it when they eat it, doesn’t really need it anyway. You can add some purple cabbage & carrots if you like. Now you pretty much need to put in the food processor to get it fine or grate it with a fine grater. Put in a big bowl, put a giant glop of mayo or miracle whip, tablespoon of sugar, salt & pepper right in the middle and just mix it with your hands. Adjust the mayo to your liking make it as dry or as sloppy as you want..

  4. sniper said :

    Here’s one,
    Finely grate a half head of cabbage
    Add mayonaise to your liking but avoid making it to thick
    Stir contents after adding a smidge of salt and a little pepper

  5. Wordsmith99 said :

    Celery if you like it
    Grated carrot
    Salad cream or mayonnaise slightly thinned down with lemon juice or vinegar (or you can use a yogurt dressing)

  6. Angiej1213 said :

    Well, the coleslaw that is in the market does have a mayonnaise base, so I don’t know what you are looking for.
    Simple coleslaw is made by mixing together chopped fine cabbage and carrots with a dressing made out of mayo, a touch of sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, and white vinegar.
    Hope this helps.

  7. sam d said :

    Just good mayo,shredded white cabbage and shredded carrots,maybe abit of red onion.
    Add chedder for cheese coleslaw or maybe some red cabbage

  8. KASAY said :

    chopped cabbage or buy in the bag already shredded. Add mayo, apple cider vinegar, a little sugar, and celery seed & salt. For one bag of cabbage, I’d start with 1/4 -1/2 cup mayo, a couple of tbs of vinegar, 1 tb sugar then add by taste. Very simple but my families favorite!

  9. billybags said :

    1 Carrots
    2 White cabbage
    3 Onion
    4 Red pepper
    5 Spring onion is good

    Finely shred cabbage and carrots, chop onions finely, same with pepper and spring onion.Put in to large bowl add lots of salad cream and a dash of vinegar, stir well, cover with cling film and pop into fridge till you want it.Will keep for a few days.

  10. H-man said :

    I finely shred my vegetables and add store bought mayo.

  11. Bermy said :

    Easy recipe for Cole Slaw

    Finely shedded white cabbage with a little bit of purple cabbage for colour if you want it. You can add some grated carrot to if you like the look. Now for the dressing in a seperate bowl.
    Take about a cup of mayonaise, two – three tablespoons of American style mustard, 1/2 cup of white wine vinagar and add granulated sugar to taste, I like mine kind of sweet. Also nice to add some white pepper. Whisk this mixture up and pour over the cabbage. You dont want to make totally soaking wet as the cabbage will get softer after an hour and will be a sodden mess. Just use enough dressing to give it a good flavour. You can save the rest for another time. Put the mixed slaw into the fridge for an hour or two then mix it up and serve. Its a hit and takes about 10 mins if that to make. I was a chef for 20 years and people love this recipe. Good luck.

  12. Janet said :

    hmmm.. nothing creamy. I thought it was supposed to be sort of creamy. But I can see how it could be too creamy too. I have to say, I wouldn’t buy, taste or even look at store bought coleslaw. Sorry, but I’ve had deli and supermarket coleslaws, and I’ve always found them to be rather disgusting, and well.. just taste commercial and not homemade. That said, I couldn’t possibly give you what I’d consider to be a sub-par recipe. But here’s how I make mine.

    You can buy the preshredd cabbage mix or thinly slice a head of cabbage.
    grated carrot (even if it’s in the mix)
    1 sm. grated onion
    celery seed (important ingredient… several shakes of the container)
    apple cider vinegar
    pinch of sugar

    Put cabbage in a bowl, add celery seed, grated carrot & onion
    Add about 1/8 cup vinegar
    A little bit of milk

    Then start mixing the mayonnaise in until it’s the desired amount… all is coated well. You can add a little more milk to thin it out a bit if it’s too creamy. I think the milk is what will make the difference for you since you don’t like it too creamy. I’m not all that much about measuring, more because I’ve been making it so long, I can make a pretty educated guess. Eventually you learn to adjust the mayo/ vinegar/ milk to desired taste & consistency. Even the sugar can be adjusted, but don’t leave it out.

    Good Luck! If you try this recipe, hope you enjoy it.

  13. lunah_c said :

    Shred some cabbage, grate some carrots, thinly slice some onions. Add a little mayonnaise to your liking…… hey presto, coleslaw.

    By the way you can omit the onions and you will not notice any difference.

  14. LunaMystic said :


    * 1/2 cup sugar
    * 2 teaspoons onion salt
    * 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    * 1 quart Miracle Whip®
    * 2 packages Coleslaw, Standard sized packages.


    1. Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Chill and serve.

  15. msnorthernont said :

    Here’s one that keeps for 1 week in the fridge.
    In a small pot put 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 2 tbsp. celery seed. Bring to a boil and pour over shredded cabbage (I buy the shredded stuff in a bag at the grocery store). Mix all up and refrigerate. Add a little paprika if you want and some diced celery.

  16. Leslie C said :

    shredded cabbage (or buy the bag that is allready shredded) add the coleslaw mix by helmans – for creamy along with salt and pepper.

    non creamy – use italian dressing. add salt and pepper.

    Mix well.

  17. louisesept1970 said :

    Preparation time: 5 minutes.

    Cabbage, either green or purple or both
    Green onion

    For the version with mayonnaise:
    Yellow mustard

    For the version without mayonnaise:
    Rice vinegar or white vinegar
    Salt and pepper

    1 Starting with a head or half a head of cabbage, thinly slice the cabbage until you have approximately 4 cups (not packed) of sliced cabbage. (Using a mandoline helps in this case.) Julienne a half of a carrot. Thinly slice a couple green onions.

    1 For the mayo dressing version, add 3 Tbsp mayo, 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard and mix in with the cabbage, carrot, and onions. Add pepper to taste.

    3 For the non-mayo version, add a couple tablespoons of rice vinegar. Sprinkle with sugar, salt, and pepper to taste.

    Serve immediately. Serves 4.

  18. •·.·´¯`·.·• xVIcTorIAx •·.·´¯`·. said :

    1 small head cabbage
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 tablespoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    Chop cabbage coarsely with a sharp knife. It’s important to cut the cabbage and not crush it. Mix other ingredients in a large bowl. Add cabbage and toss. Perfect served on top of Pulled Pork.

  19. Ian said :

    Fresh coleslaw should be ‘reasonably’ creamy if a good quality mayonnaise was used. Supermarket coleslaw has been hanging around for so long the salt in the ‘mix’ has drawn the water from the cabbage and made the mayonnaise so thin it looks like cheap white emulsion!
    Make your own – if you like it not so creamy thin down the mayonnaise with lemon juice a little.

  20. jwelch1157 said :

    This is the simplest and one of the best tasting coleslaws I’ve ever eaten. Buy one bag of precut coleslaw mix with carrots. One bunch of scallions diced thin. Add Hartville Sweet n Sour dressing. Mix to coat the slaw. Chill and serve. Nothing fancy, no mayo, no other seasonings involved with it. Tastes great.

  21. Cheeky Monkey said :

    shredded white cabbage
    Grated carrots
    Then Mayonnaise or vinaigrette

  22. GW said :

    how about lime coleslaw…………….. a carrot, half a small white cabbage, a small red onion, & half a red pepper all thinly sliced, mix in a bowl. add salt pepper & a large pinch of chives if you have any, then splash on some lime juice (get it from a bottle) stir, cover leave for a least an hour, stir again & serve……. healthy & tastey


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