How To Make Cole Slaw

No bar-b-que or family picnic is complete without coleslaw to accompany the burgers and ribs. If you want to create a dish for your next family event, just follow this simple recipe.

Materials and Ingredients

  • Head of cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 pinches of celery seed
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 pinches of black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons half and half (optional)
  • Knife
  • 1 large bowl


  1. Clean and shred cabbage. Wash the cabbage under cold running water. Remove the core and any outer leaves. Then use a sharp knife to cut and shred the cabbage.
  2. Peel and grate carrots. Wash the carrots and remove the peels. Then grate them to coarse strips.
  3. Combine the ingredients. Add the cabbage and carrots to the large bowl. Then sprinkle in the celery seed, sugar, salt and pepper into the mix. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until they are well blended.
  4. Add wet ingredients. Pour vinegar into the mix and use your hands to toss the slaw again to combine with the vinegar.
  5. Spoon in mayonnaise and half and half (optional). Use a fork to stir and toss the coleslaw. Test the consistency to determine if you need additional mayonnaise or half and half.
  6. Taste to test. The flavor of slaw gets stronger once it sits combined for a little bit. Take a taste of your slaw for flavor. It may need additional salt and pepper. Make adjustments to suit your taste.
  7. Cover the slaw and refrigerate. Store the slaw for a few hours before serving. It is best to make your coleslaw the morning of the gathering so that you can serve it fresh.

Coleslaw is a popular side dish for outdoor picnics and bar-b-ques. Consider making the slaw fresh if you have the opportunity for the best flavor.

Handy tips:

  • You can halve this recipe for a small family dinner. This recipe is sized for a larger gathering.
  • Remember to keep coleslaw refrigerated until served and don't leave it out in the heat or it will spoil.


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