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Mom’s Coleslaw

Year-round, our family always goes for this crisp, refreshing salad. With a tangy vinegar and oil dressing., it has wonderful homemade flavor. When Mom made it years ago for our family of seven, it was rare to have leftovers.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 large head cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 medium onion, quartered


  • In a large bowl, toss cabbage, carrots and celery seed. Place the remaining ingredients in a blender; cover and process until combined. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 262 calories, 19g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Debglass11
    May 19, 2020

    Loved this departure from your typical slaw made with mayo. It's sweet and tangy and refreshing. We had it along with baked beans and potato salad for a backyard barbecue and everyone loved it. I cut the amount of cabbage by using a bag of shredded cabbage mix so I halved the other ingredients, omitting the onion. Keeping this one handy this summer!

  • bwilkin
    Dec 14, 2017

    Made as directed omitting the onion. This recipe had very little flavor in my book. Will stick with a mayo based dressing for my coleslaw from now on.

  • RLiberty
    Jun 22, 2016

    This is a great vinegar-based coleslaw dressing - nice variation from the creamy coleslaw dressing.

  • Bahiya
    Feb 2, 2016

    This is my go to slaw. Like another poster, I half the dressing. I use splenda in place of the sugar to make it a little more blood sugar friendly. Nobody can tell the difference.

  • Aquarelle
    May 26, 2012

    The dressing is a very refreshing change from mayo-based coleslaw dressing, and this keeps very well in the refrigerator. I halved the dressing ingredients, which made the perfect amount of dressing for a bag of coleslaw mix.

  • minnie
    May 26, 2012

    I've made this several times and everyone loves it, its a nice tasty change from the mayo slaw.

  • renren_13
    Jul 4, 2011

    I used 1/2 the oil and sugar. I used olive oil and cider vinegar because that is all I had. It tastes pretty good. I will make it again.

  • robertahammond
    Dec 29, 2010

    I have made this time and time again. Everyone who has tried it comes back for seconds. It's definitely a keeper.

  • happyday21
    May 28, 2009

    I often make this for potlucks. Even some people that claim they don't care for slaw like this! I don't care for mayo and this recipe still gives you that creamy dressing w/o the mayo. This is definitely a keeper!

  • kandagross
    Sep 13, 2008

    I have been making this coleslaw for3 or 4 yrs. My wife and I like it as does our children. A nice change from mayo.