Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Favorite Coleslaw~


Are you hanging onto summer with all your might as we are dragged into September tomorrow? I know I am! Even though the calendar will say September 1st tomorrow, one of the biggest summer BBQ weekends will soon be upon us - the 3-day Labor Day weekend. Here in the Midwest, the weather forecast is looking great!

If you are planning a cookout with family or friends over the holiday weekend, here is a delicious coleslaw recipe to go with those hamburgers, bratwurst, chicken or hot dogs you may be grilling.  My husband loves this coleslaw! Not only is it delicious, I also like it because it calls for very little mayonnaise. For a large, 2 pound head of shredded cabbage, carrots and onion,  there is only 1/2 cup of mayo added.  I know many cooks are using Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise, so I'm sure that would work well here too. If you like coleslaw, try this. You won't be disappointed.



Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

The Best Cole Slaw

Adapted from Jim N Nick's Coleslaw
Printable Recipe

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 2-pound head of green cabbage, quartered, cored, cut crosswise into very thin slices*
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup peeled carrots, shredded (I use a box grater)
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmans Lite)

*You may use packaged cole slaw mix if you prefer.

Place sliced cabbage into a very large bowl. Add the vinegar and sugar and stir together thoroughly. Cover the bowl and let the cabbage mixture stand for 30 minutes. Toss well, then cover and allow to stand for another 30 minutes longer. Drain cabbage.  (This can be made 8 hours ahead to this point. Simply cover and chill until ready to finish recipe)

Transfer drained cabbage back into the large bowl. Add shredded carrots, onions, and mayonnaise and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Update:  Now I put the cabbage, carrots and onion all in the large bowl and brine them together. 

57 comments:

  1. Yum! Love a good slaw - thanks for the recipe.

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  2. Susan, I enjoy a good cole slaw. If I could only convince my husband to eat it :-) I am clinging to summer! Hope September has many warm days.

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  3. Brats for Labor Day??? Thought they were for tailgating:@) Love me some cole slaw Susan, actually cabbage served any way! Have a great holiday weekend!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful, Susan. You've inspired me to start looking for red dishes to include in my photos. Have a great week!!

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  5. I'm not sure if we will be grilling...since thunderstorms are forcasted here. I do like coleslaw though...yours is just how I like it...creamy! I don't like coleslaw that doesn't have mayo in it.

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  6. I am having neighbors and friends over so I will be trying this recipe out cause I always do the same one. I am hoping for nice weather here in Atlanta.

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  7. This is very much the same as the coleslaw that we like and make summer and winter. Only twenty days or so until fall. I plan on celebrating summer as long as possible!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. We love coleslaw here at my house, and this one looks like a good one. I'm like you- I like mayo in it, but not too much. :)

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  9. Sounds delicious and not too many ingredients, I like my summer salads like that - "pure and simple"! Have a great weekend. xo,

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  10. Looks delish! Thanks for the recipe!...Christine

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  11. Looks quite tasty and well prepared, hugs.

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  12. I think I could eat Hellman's by the spoonful! This sounds wonderful. I am hanging onto summer as long as the weather lets me too!

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  13. You do need a good coleslaw when the gang shows up for the BBQ; this one promises good taste. I love the idea of apple cider; must try this. Happy September Susan.
    Rita

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  14. This sounds like a coleslaw recipe that I could actually get behind! I hope you have a fabulous long weekend and celebrate with delicious food like this!

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  15. Mayo and vinegar:) and sugar.. I love those 3 together.
    This looks so good Susan:)

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  16. I, too, love a good slaw ad will have to try this -- my creamy slaw is made with cream and sugar and then I do an oil and vinegar one. I've tried mayo but have never been pleased with it so will try this one next time I make slaw! I may become my favorite!

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  17. Another great slaw recipe to add to my collection. I make it with and without mayonnaise and love both versions. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
    Sam

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  18. I adore coleslaw and for years would try to make it with different recipes and would always get disappointed; I have never seen this technique however and this is probably the one that reveals the secret to a good coleslaw!
    Will try it for sure especially recommended by you!

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  19. I made cole slaw yesterday too. :) Love that bowl.

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  20. You know.. I am not a big fan of coleslaw but man yours look so good. I should try this soon :)

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  21. We love cole slaw! I add a bit of powdered mustard and sweet pickle juice to mine. I don't use a recipe, so I don't know the measurements though. At the farm stand here I pick the largest head of cabbage, as they are all the same price, prob 2.00 this year. Usually a 10 pounder!
    Yours looks delicious, Susan.

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  22. I have never eaten coleslaw, it's time to do it!Looks delicious Susan, have a great weekend, a hug...

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  23. Looks delicious - big fan of slaw! Bet it even tastes better in that cute bowl...

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  24. When I saw the title I knew that this would be a recipe worth trying. We have no barbecues planned for the holiday weekend, but a big bowl of coleslaw would be a nice thing to have on hand as a quick side dish.

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  25. Yes, I'm hanging onto summer and enjoying ice cream everyday! LOL...your coleslaw looks wonderful and sounds refreshing. Gotta give that a try.

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  26. I just printed this off and will serve it with our Labor Day fun.
    Thanks much...xo bj

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  27. This is a keeper. Your recipe sounds delish! Have a wonderful holiday weekend:)

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  28. I love coleslaw... it is so refreshing especially when served with rich fatty barbeque... a marriage made in heaven if you ask me. Love the addition of carrots. I can so see why your husband loves it!

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  29. Beautiful blog!
    I love your recipes and presentation of dishes.
    I have added to your followers. (the first one)
    If you want, come and visit me, you're welcome

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  30. Loved this! look awesome gloria

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  31. Susan, our weather looks nice also. Dined on the deck tonight and marveled how in about 6 weeks those days will be over. I do love coleslaw. Joni

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  32. The weather has been pretty okay here too. And I love coleslaw...and could easily finish the whole bowl!

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  33. I love good coleslaw! I've never made it and I can't wait to try yours! Happy Labor Day weekend to you and your family!

    Mary

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  34. Isn't it amazing how a few simple ingredients can taste so wonderful? Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  35. I'm definitely hanging on to summer as long as I can! This coleslaw sounds delicious. Great way to say goodbye to summer...though it's still pretty dang hot here here in CA. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend so far. :)

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  36. I think this looks just delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hope to try it this weekend! New follower her visiting from http://www.momsownwords.com! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  37. Gosh you're making me hungry. I love cole slaw. As a matter of fact, I had some yesterday on a slaw dog.. with a side of cole slaw. We stopped at a little "mom and pop" restaurant on the way home from the beach. I'll try your recipe later this week. It looks delicious.
    Have a great Labor Day.
    Babs

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  38. looks great love a good coleslaw sad to say I have never made it thanks for your support with the baby coming means a lot to me

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  39. I will have to try with cider vinegar. I usually use regular vinegar. We love coleslaw with BBQ chicken. Have a great long week-end!

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  40. I love a good coleslaw & yours sounds delicious!

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  41. This sounds perfect, just enough mayo. I am dragging my heels at the end of Summer too. Wonderful presentation with the color of the bowl and contrast of the rattan mat.

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  42. Hi Susan!

    I like sweet coleslaw and this sound yummy!

    Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your sweet comment concerning my mom. It was greatly appreciated :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  43. This looks really good! Both my kids love coleslaw. Bookmarked this recipe. Thanks for sharing, hope you had a lovely holiday!

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  44. Happy Labour day to you as well! I never use Apple cider vinegar or onions but it seems such a simple twist. thanks for the idea.

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  45. Hope you had a great Labor Day, Susan. Love your cole slaw recipe. I do like a tad of mayo in mine too.

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  46. What a great recipe, it's going to be on our table tomorrow night! Sounds just so yummy!

    Nancy

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  47. Your cole slaw looks delicious, have to try your recipe! My family doesn't like too much mayo, this will work perfectly for them.

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  48. Susan, thanks for the recipe...so easy, simple and yet so tasty.
    Hope you are having a great week ahead :-)

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  49. I love coleslaw too...one of the few people here who do! and the way you make it, is just how I love it...hate it when it is drenched in mayo! yours looks so crunchy and fresh...goes to show that even a simple coleslaw can be a piece of art visually and at the same time a spoonful of delicious energy!
    Ronelle

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  50. After a very cool summer we are finally getting our hot weather so we have lots of BBQ time left. We prefer a light dressing on our coleslaw so this recipe will be fun to try.

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  51. I can't say that I am holding onto summer-It has been a scorcher this year. Living in North Florida, it will be November before I consider a sweater-even then its iffy (smile).

    Grilling is something we can enjoy almost all year round and coleslaw is always a great side dish.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Velva

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  52. I love the cabbage salad is delicious and very healthy, hugs.

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  53. Hmmmmm, I do love cole slaw and many different varieties. This one sounds like a combination of two of my favorites. My very favorite is made with a maple syrup concoction.

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  54. This sounds wonderful. My husband loves anything with vinegar so I'll bet he'd love this :)

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  55. Gorgeous photos, Susan! I am a big fan of coleslaw, especially one thta has less mayo and is therefore less fattening.

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  56. Just now I finding about the yummy and delicious recipe. This looks so good, Currently, tomorrow lunch party is going on and I think I'm going to try this.

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