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Coleslaw (from the Dutch term koolsla meaning 'cabbage salad'), also known as cole slaw or slaw, is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise. Coleslaw prepared with vinaigrette may benefit from the long lifespan granted by pickling. 

There are many variations of the recipe, which include the addition of other ingredients such as red cabbage, pepper, shredded carrots, onion, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple, mixed with a salad dressing such as mayonnaise or cream. A variety of seasonings, such as celery seed, may be added. The cabbage may come in finely minced pieces, shredded strips, or small squares. Other slaw variants include broccoli slaw, which uses shredded raw broccoli in place of the cabbage. Cream, sour cream, or buttermilk are also popular additions. Buttermilk coleslaw is most commonly found in the southern United States. Krautsalat in Munich, Germany Warmer Speckkrautsalat is a Tyrolean cabbage and speck salad served warm

Traditional German Krautsalat consists of finely shredded cabbage marinated with oil and vinegar.[citation needed] Sometimes onions or apples are added.[citation needed]

Coleslaw with cooked ham and sliced pepper (julienne cut) in Italy is called insalata capricciosa (capricious salad).[citation needed]

Various cabbage-based salads that resemble coleslaw are commonly served as a side dish with the second course at dinner, next to meat and potatoes. There is no fixed recipe, but typical ingredients include shredded white cabbage (red and Chinese cabbage are also not uncommon), finely chopped onions, shredded carrots, and parsley or dill leaves, with many possible additions.

Russia and Ukraine
A Russian and Ukrainian variety dressed with sunflower oil In Russia and Ukraine, a salad of fresh shredded cabbage, mixed with carrots, apples, cranberries etc., is traditionally dressed with unrefined sunflower oil. The cabbage can be marinated before with vinegar producing cabbage provençal. A similar salad is also made of sauerkraut.[6]

In Sweden, a particular type of cabbage salad made with a vinaigrette consisting of vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, and seasonings is classically served with pizza and known as pizzasallad (pizza salad). Recipe adds carrots and leeks and is called veckosallad (week salad) for its notable durability. The term coleslaw is reserved for cabbage salad with carrots and mayonnaise-based dressing, and is typically seen as part of the American cuisine.

United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, coleslaw often contains carrot in addition to cabbage, and is often made with mayonnaise or salad cream. Some variations include grated cheese such as cheddar, or nuts such as walnuts and dried fruits such as sultanas or raisins.

United States
In the United States, coleslaw often contains buttermilk, mayonnaise or mayonnaise substitutes, and carrot, although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard or vinegar without the dairy and mayonnaise are also common. Barbecue slaw, also known as red slaw, is made using ketchup and vinegar rather than mayonnaise. It is frequently served alongside North Carolina barbecue, including Lexington style barbecue, where, unlike in the rest of the state, a red slaw is the prevailing variety.

Cheese slaw
is a salad and side dish consisting of cheddar cheese, carrot, mayonnaise, and sometimes cabbage. Other cheeses such as blue and Swiss are occasionally used in its preparation, and additional vegetable ingredients are sometimes used. The word "cheese slaw" is a portmanteau of the words cheese and coleslaw. Its origins can be traced to Townsville in far north Queensland, Australia, and to Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. It is a common and popular dish in Broken Hill restaurants and households. Cheese slaw is also consumed in some areas of the United States. 



I don’t think I ever ate coleslaw before I came to the USA. There are many different recipes out there, but green or white cabbage is the one ingredient they all (should) have in common.

Nowadays, you can just buy a bag with pre-cut coleslaw mix in the grocery store. The ones I buy usually  have small amounts of shredded carrots and red cabbage.

Cabbages and carrots freeze very well. I freeze these shredded cabbage and carrot mixes to always have some available to make a quick vegetable soup, although when we make them, we include more carrots.


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup white cabbage
  • ½ cup red cabbage
  • ½ cup carrots

your dressing of choice:

  • vinaigrette
  • mayo
  • mustard mayo
  • buttermilk
  • horseradish
  • ….
Pic1: coleslaw — 2016-12-02



Pic2: no dressing — 2019-10-01
Pic3: creamy ranch dressing — 2019-09-05
Pic4: boiling for a quick soup — 2019-10-01