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The Perfect Homemade Coleslaw

Typical coleslaw uses shredded or cut cabbage, although there are people who use shredded broccoli instead. Dressings vary between creamy and vinegar-based, usually with a tang and a sweetness combined within the dressing. Other ingredients such as carrots, raisins, apples, onions, marshmallows and nuts combine to make a special blend of unique and unusual taste. Any color of bell pepper gives more color to the salad and when it comes right down it, imagination is the only limitation to the combination. Even olives are welcomed additions to coleslaw. If you are in a hurry, pick up a package of ready to mix coleslaw in the produce section at your local grocery store or supermarket.

When you get home search for things to add to the coleslaw kit that will make it more special. Pineapple chunks, chopped apples and walnuts or pecans are always great additions. Think about different types of coleslaw and the ingredients that set them apart. It is fun to be creative and make even a ready-to-make salad unique for the occasion. One important thing is to be sure the coleslaw is cold, since that keeps the vegetables crisp and crunchy.

The dressing has a lot of variety, as well. Some people like horseradish in the dressing. Others use salad dressing rather than mayonnaise because of the extra sweetness. There are even recipes for coleslaw dressing that use Worcestershire sauce, barbeque sauce, or catsup. Whenever cooks start creating, the results are amazing and sometimes quite surprising. It is what makes the family return to the table and inspires requests for repeats of certain foods. Think of the different fast food restaurants that serve coleslaw with their combination.

Homemade Coleslaw Comes in Many Varieties
Summary: Homemade coleslaw is always good. This recipe includes 2 kinds of cabbage, coconut, celery, raisins, pineapple, and more, for a delicious and well-rounded flavor, as well as lots of crunch.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 large head light green cabbage
  • ¼ head purple cabbage
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 3 stalks celery
  • ½ Walla Walla onion
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 bottle or jar of prepared coleslaw dressing
  1. As always, rinse the vegetables before preparation and dry them on paper towels.
  2. Dispose of any damaged leaves and the hard core of the green cabbage. Cut the cabbage into thick strips and place it into a large clear salad bowl. Do the same with the purple cabbage.
  3. Remove the seeds from the red bell pepper and cut it into small pieces. Add to the bowl that is holding the cabbage pieces.
  4. Peel the onion and trim the top and bottom. Chop it into small portions and put the pieces in the bowl with the other ingredients.
  5. Trim the top and bottom of the celery. Place the celery on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice the celery diagonally into thin pieces. Add it to the bowl.
  6. Peel and shred the carrots, putting the shreds in the bowl, cover the bowl and shake to mix the ingredients.
  7. Add the pineapple, raisins, celery seed, and coconut. Put in the dressing until there is enough to satisfy your family. Mix the coleslaw and dressing to coat all ingredients. Cover and place in refrigerator to chill. Serve when ready.
Remember that leftover coleslaw can be covered and put back in the refrigerator to send with lunches the next day.

Photo Description:

Serve this coleslaw in a crystal salad bowl to show off the combination of colors and design. The family will admire the mix and guest will enjoy the incredible colors. Start with shredded carrots that are blended with shredded white and light green cabbage, as well as just a hint of purple cabbage. The finely diced parsley combines with the mix, adding a deeper green to the blend. Celery seed adds a different bit of flavor. A traditional slaw dressing mix is used for the dressing and onions are sliced thin horizontally and separated into individual pieces around the top.

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