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Grandma’s Coleslaw Recipe

Grandma’s Coleslaw Recipe

My father’s mother makes the best coleslaw.  This is NOT KFC sweet style coleslaw.  This is much more like a vinaigrette style slaw than a sticky sweet slaw.  Perfect with Pulled Pork, Crab, Hamburgers, Hot dogs… ok, you get the idea.  Delish!

Cole Slaw

Serves 12
Prep time 10 minutes
By author Mary Hayes via Dish Ditty


  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (diced or sliced thin)
  • 1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Onion (diced or sliced thin)
  • 1 Head of Cabbage (Shredded)
  • 1 Carrots (Shredded)


Original Recipe: Grandma's original recipe called for 1 cup vinegar to 1 cup of mayonnaise. That was too strong in vinegar, so I adjusted it.

Do not use Miracle Whip (too sweet) or any of the light mayonnaises (too watery). This is a "dump" recipe so you may have to adjust some of the ingredients, depending on the size of the head of cabbage.


Step 1
Mix together
Mix the vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2
Add Vegetables & toss
Add all of the remaining ingredients and thoroughly toss until all of the vegetables are evenly coated.
Step 3
Refrigerate for at least two hours and toss before serving.

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