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Carolina Coleslaw

Unlike its creamy counterparts, this southern coleslaw recipe does not contain mayonnaise. While this easy-going version is wonderful with Carolina-style BBQ, it is also delicious with grilled burgers, chicken wings and other picnic or potluck favorites.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Refrigerate 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 126 kcal


  • 1 head green cabbage cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small or ½ medium red onion thinly sliced (see notes)
  • 1 small white onion thinly sliced
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • 4 large kale leaves stalk removed and cut into thin ribbons (see notes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp celery seeds


  • Add the cabbage, red onion, white onion, carrots and kale leaves to a large glass bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar and sugar to a small saucepan set to medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar thoroughly dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the vegetable oil, mustard and celery seeds. While still warm, pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine thoroughly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours before serving. If desired, season with additional salt and pepper before serving.


For best results, soak the red onion in a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar for 10-15 minutes before use to tame the strong flavor and reduce odor. In addition, tough kale leaves can be tenderized by rubbing them with some olive oil for a few minutes.


Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 38mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 3617IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword barbecue, BBQ, cabbage, coleslaw, picnic, potluck, side dish, summer
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