Coleslaw Salad – Turning Cabbage in a Colourful Side Dish

Coleslaw is an extremely popular side dish which adds crispness and colour to a meal. It is the ideal dish to make in advance and take to a potluck meal, picnic or BBQ party.


History of coleslaw

The word ‘coleslaw’ comes from the Dutch word, ‘koolsla,’ with ‘kool’ meaning cabbage and ‘sla’ meaning salad or lettuce. It was in the late 1700s in New York that this word entered the English language and became popular at picnics or barbecues in the United States.

Best cabbage for coleslaw

Green, white, savoy, or red cabbage, any cabbage will do. We like to eat a ‘rainbow’ and love to add extra colour with carrots and radishes. We sometimes choose to add thinly sliced chillies for a bit of a ‘kick.’ The best way to finely shred the vegetables is with the use of a mandoline slicer. A great final addition is a sprinkling of seeds for extra crunch and texture.


Best dressing for coleslaw

A great dressing should be creamy with a hint of sweetness and a touch of tang. Mayonnaise makes a great base, and the addition of extra ingredients make it the perfect dressing for a coleslaw. 


Coleslaw Salad

Coleslaw is an extremely popular side dish which adds crispness and colour to a meal.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad, Side dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine Dutch, English
Servings 8 people
Calories 106 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the dressing

For the garnish


  • Combine all ingredients for the dressing, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Mix all shredded vegetables together and toss with the dressing.
  • Sprinkle the spring onions and seeds on top.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 8gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 284mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2892IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cabbage, carrots, healthy eating
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