My Favorite Cole Slaw Ever

I love cole slaw, but I hate, rather vigorously, that crap that passes for cole slaw in most restaurants. I like my cole slaw vinegary, not sweet at all, and I want to be able to taste the cabbage. Many guests in my home have complimented my cole slaw, so I figured I’d share my method. I don’t have a true recipe with set measurements but I will describe as best as possible what I do. This is for one smallish head of cabbage, which I prefer to slice very thinly (either by hand or with a food processor) rather than mince/chop. I just prefer that texture, but do whatever works for you. Also, I make this almost exclusively with red cabbage (yay vitamins and pretty color!) but it is equally delish with green and would probably be just lovely with savoy or any other type you want to try.

Couple heaping Tbsp mayo
Heaping tsp dijon mustard
2-3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2-3 Tbsp good olive oil
Small shallot, minced
Handful Italian parsley, finely chopped (fresh basil is an amazing alternative to parsley, I just stack the leaves, roll into cigars & chiffonade)
Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Whisk first four ingredients together and taste. I like it a little sharp because it mellows once on the cabbage. You want a good balance of mustard sharpness and vinegar sharpness. Adjust as necessary to get it where you think it’s good and then add the other ingredients. Taste and adjust again. You will probably want more salt & pepper than you think you do, just trust me on that. I prefer the pepper to be freshly ground and more on the coarse side. If using parsley, I often throw some extra chopped up parsley in with the cabbage, I like parsley. If using basil I’ll take the teeny tiny leaves and throw those in with the cabbage, they are hard to chiffonade anyway and look so pretty with the cabbage. Pour the dressing over the cabbage & mix well. It’s best if it gets to sit in the fridge for about an hour before you eat, but it’s also damn tasty served right away. Also amazing leftover, I particularly like it for breakfast with a couple fried eggs on top (I swear this is so good!).


  • I think I’m gonna give this a try in the next week or so…. chiffonade, huh? 😉

  • This looks like a great slaw. I’m partial to asiany slaws myself. I don’t know why everything people like needs to be sweet. Thanks for stopping by Foodtrainers, keep reading those labels.

  • Mmmmmm…..Just made this after seeing it months ago and wanting it immediately!! (It takes me awhile these days….) It is so good and I’m totally having a fried egg on it tomorrow morning. 🙂

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