Southern Slaw


Southern Slaw

Southern Slaw
5 Min
1 Hr

Down in the South they're famous for classic potluck dishes, like fried chicken and coleslaw. Our recipe for Southern Slaw is a lightened-up version of the way many Southern folks make their traditional coleslaw recipes at home.

What You'll Need

  • 1 medium-sized head green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon white pepper

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, and onion; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over the cabbage mixture; toss to coat well. Cover and chill for at least one hour or until ready to serve.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 155
  • Calories from Fat 91
  • Total Fat 10g 16 %
  • Saturated Fat 1.6g 8 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 2.0g 4 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4 %
  • Sodium 379mg 16 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 16g 5 %
  • Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14 %
  • Sugars 11g 0 %

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I made this Slaw for a holiday weekend last summer for a pool party, it was a hit...!! My buddies girlfriend is a very good cook, salads etc. She told she like mayo in her slaw, well she loved it, I was flattered hearing that from her...Made my day...(smiling)

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I like this and it is great to put right on top of pulled pork. I use sherry vinegar (not cooking sherry) and it has a bit more flavor.

Very easy and tasty. I make it all the time. As a matter of fact, I'm making it right now!

I just have to say this!!!! I am from the North & we are good to excellent cooks as well..e How about some good old NORTHERN recipes. For a change?

Huge hit! I wonder, if I added a little digon mustard would it taste ok? I wanna give it a kick!

Very tasty! Every bit as good as KFC!

I made this for my nieces graduation party it was the big hit, they asked for the recipe I said it's from our secret stash lol then I said it's MR FOOD lol she & her friends are now big fans of your site it!!! The shocked faces were priceless..;) She calls when she finds something she really likes and we compare how it came out thanks for giving our family another reason to stay close and what's better than cooking together?

We are senior seniors so we roughly grate our cabbage and carrots... Its an excellent cole slaw especially to take to a group gathering.

my mistake I would exchange the red pepper with a red cabage for the color

i'm going to make this but well leave out the bell pepper has too strong of pepper taste.would sub in tomatoes for the red color

Love your videos however I FIND IT DISRUPTIVE HAVING PEOPLE MOVING IN THE BACKGROUND! It "upstages" the demonstration . Keep the emphasis and attention on your demonstration and curtail the action in the background!!

I AM Southern to the core.. I love this recipe!!! and I am sooooo picky! I hosted a group of college students in my home to help them with a project that they were working on... I made this slaw and Pork roast BBQ that cooked for literally two days! I was certain that the BBQ would be the hit of the dinner.. But it was the coleslaw.. They all asked for the recipe. I told them it was an old friends recipe and I could not give it away.. out of all of my go to recipes, this is the one I always use for a southern dinner! Thank you Mr. Food!

It wasn't very nice of you not wanting to share a recipe with someone who liked your dish. You should have been very flattered and gladly shared it. You're definately not a 'saint', Tonya.

very good coleslaw, my family liked it very much

This is so good-every bit as good as the coleslaw from KFC!

I think this is a great recipe for Southern Slaw. For those not wanting the creamy slaw try your good old favorite German slaw. It s a vinegar based dressing.

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sounsa good to me

I forget the mayo and add some celery seed

For years I heard my Dad tell Mom he like her slaw, but not the mayo in it. When I had a kitchen of my own, I started trying it differently, cuz I don't like it "creamy" either. Dad and I like it with the cabbage and some carrot grated coarsly - and dressed with apple cider vinegar and just a tad of sugar. But one day I made the slaw and added grated brocolli and some red cabbage with the green and dressed it with the Italian Dressing you make from the packet and now that's how we put it on the table.

Hi, I am not a big fan of too much mayo in slaw either.. vinegar is so good and your recpe sounds so delicious. We love cabbage, as i am from German descent, My Grandmother would boil, bake, fry it you name it. But it is much better with veggies and vinegar spices

Why didn;t you finish the recipe??? Best fried chicken ????? Slaw sounds good...

i like the sugar and vinegar.. growing up making it without sugar always felt something was missing. even in potato salad i like the same a bit of sugar for NY style, chopped peppers, tomatoes and minced onion some parsley and thats it.

Being from the South, and most all my life...I feel this version of your slaw here is a disgrace to the more traditional Southern Slaw. I realize, even the Southern version has many different makeups/style. I was raised with momma, making slaw that was hand grated, or sliced thinly with a sharp knife (my preference). With that, she would add the Mayo, diced fresh tomato, salt & pepper to taste. Plain & simple, and MORE traditional to Southern Slaw! No need to put all that other garbage in it! JMO JOHN

Looks mighty good to me. Germans make some mighty good cold slaw, I dare you to put one of theirs on. Thank you for all the great recipes.

the sugar is a distractor for me, I'm not wild about sweet slaw..just doesnt sound southern to this southerner

a little bit of lemon juice helps to kick it just a tad.

dressing with 2/3 cup kraft mayo, 2 tbs white vinegar,3tbs sugar, 1/4cup of buttermik or sour cream. green peppers celery,tomato, green onions chopped, shreed carrots makes a wonderful cabbage salad.

Mama's Slaw was nothing more than a medium head cabbage grated fine with a hand grater and 1 large carrot grated fine then adding mayonnaise, a pinch of sugar, a tablespoon of vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. It was the best slaw I've ever tasted and I make mine the same way. Well except I use the food processor instead of hand gratting!

I like janishill's better although i dont at sugar or vinegar


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