Vinegar-Based Carolina Slaw Recipe

We have changed the time and are still waiting for Spring, both hopefully and officially. Easter is approaching, a holiday that includes gathering family and friends and a meal. The winter storage vegetables can be used to make bright tasty side dishes. So if you will be serving a crowd, or just like to have some easy, delicious food on hand to serve with ham or leftover ham give this cabbage slaw a try. It is a perfect side dish or topping for left over ham sandwiches.


  • 1 large head of cabbage (finely shredded –see below for chopping advice)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots (grated or julienned)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or as desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (such as corn oil, grapeseed, safflower, peanut, or canola)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)

Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Combine the shredded cabbage, chopped bell pepper and onions and the grated or julienne carrots in a large serving bowl.

Make the Dressing

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, salt, oil, dry mustard, celery seed, pepper, and vinegar and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer, frequently stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Cool slightly, then pour over the vegetables and toss well.
  1. Cover and refrigerate the coleslaw until thoroughly chilled.


If you like a dressing that tends to the sour side, add the sugar to the vinegar mixture last, tasting as you go until you have the sweet-sour balance desired.

How to Shred or Chop Cabbage

  • Cut a slice off the stem end of the cabbage and set it, the flat stem end down, on a cutting board.
  • With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the cabbage into quarters, slicing from top to bottom.
  • Cut the core out of each quarter with a sharp knife.
  • Slice each cabbage wedge crosswise or lengthwise into thin strips, depending on how long you want the shreds. If desired, chop the shreds for a finer coleslaw or to add to soup.
  • Shreds should be quite thin (around 1/8 inch) for coleslaw, thicker (1/4 to 1/2 inch) for soups and other recipes.
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings