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Summertime Slaw

As a change from mayonnaise-laden slaw, I created this refreshing alternative. It uses many of the garden vegetables I grow, so it's also economical. I serve it at our family reunion each Fourth of July, and it's always a big hit at get-togethers. —Sharon Payne, Mayfield, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, water, salt, pepper and, if desired, pepper flakes. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, tomatoes, onion, peppers and pickle relish. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 138 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • angela32
    Feb 11, 2021

    My mother in law makes a salad similar to this one, but the addition of the tomato and relish really set this one apart. Very good.

  • Denise
    Aug 10, 2020

    Made it exactly as written except I did not peel the tomato. It was wonderful. Fresh and very tasty. Rave reviews from all seven other people who tried it.

  • cw1955
    Jul 28, 2019

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  • nancy.burkhart
    Jun 29, 2018

    Love this recipe! It is a nice change from traditional slaw.

  • Cklee1403
    Jul 27, 2016

    I really enjoyed this recipe.its a cool and refreshing change from mayonnaise slaw. Sharon I noticed your from Mayfield, I'm a Paducah girl but live in Los Angeles now any way that's for sharing your recipe.

  • billsis
    Jul 27, 2016

    The dressing sounds like the one that my Mother used on her 3-Bean salad. I will have to try this one.

  • janniebelle
    Jul 14, 2016

    Excellent recipe. I've also made the "sister recipe" without the cole slaw, but adding sliced celery, shoepeg corn, and french green beans to the rest of the stated ingredients. Both recipes are delicious. The dressing in the recipe is so good, but as another person stated, you need to use a slotted spoon when serving it. Definitely let it all sit in the refrigerator overnight for the flavors to blend.

  • aleanak
    Jul 22, 2012

    Really like this as a change from mayo coleslaw. Added one shredded cucumber and tomatoes from the garden right before serving.

  • agaston
    Aug 1, 2010

    Needed a slaw recipe without mayonnaise for a late July cookout. Guests really liked it but use a slotted spoon. Taste great without all the liquid.

  • daisey5
    Feb 2, 2010

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