Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw
Classic Coleslaw

Way back when I was growing up on the farm, cabbage was a winter salad staple.

My grandmother always prepared the most attractive and delicious coleslaw with grated cabbage, apple and carrot. After mixing it with her homemade cooked salad dressing she would ring the bowl with very finely grated carrots. All the grating was done on an old tin hand grater.

Cole Slaw Ingredients
Cole Slaw Ingredients

So it is with nostalgia that I make coleslaw from scratch today.

The food processor makes all the grating and chopping easier
The food processor makes all the grating and chopping easier

I must say that the food processor makes the job a breeze and the fresh taste is a big reward.


I have made variations on this recipe from “The Best of Susan” in Good Housekeeping Cookbook since I was a young bride.



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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 144kcal


Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash paprika

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 cups cabbage finely shredded
  • 1/3 cup celery diced
  • 1/3 cup green pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup carrot grated
  • 1/4 cup radish sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon onion minced

Pots and Utensils

  • 1 Food processor or hand grater
  • 1 Medium salad bowl
  • 1 Small jar for salad dressing


Salad Dressing Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small jar.
    Coleslaw dressing ingredients
  • Put the lid on the jar and shake to combine the ingredients.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Salad Instructions

  • Use the food processor to chop and shred all of the vegetables.
    Shred the cabbage
  • Gently toss all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix in the coleslaw dressing.
  • Garnish with tomato wedges and parsley sprigs.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.9g15%
Cholesterol 0.1mg0%
Sodium 731.4mg32%
Carbohydrates 11.8g4%
Sugar 5.9g7%
Protein 3.6g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Classic Coleslaw
Classic Coleslaw

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