German Coleslaw Recipe

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This recipe has been handed down through generations of German families in northern Idaho. Everyone around here makes it. It's good served either warm or cold.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:14-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 14-18 servings


  • 1 medium head cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 to 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 126 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and onions. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, celery seed and salt; bring to a boil. Add oil; return to boiling and cook until sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage; toss gently. Chill. Yield: 14-18 servings.
Originally published as German Coleslaw in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p58

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LDaisy User ID: 5541821 229969
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"Love this coleslaw! Huge hit at a family party!"

MomofCorky User ID: 7997033 44300
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"What kind of vinegar? The only vinegar my German speaking grandmothers had was cider vinegar. I am a great-grandma, so that was a long time ago. Sehr gut."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 202055
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"The best coleslaw I have ever tasted!

~ Theresa"

candles4u2000 User ID: 2858610 14013
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I made this yesterday for a friend who has intolerance to many foods. Not only did she love it, all 20 people that were at my house raved about it. It was so easy to make! I let it sit for about 2 hours before serving which really helped the flavors meld. The only comment I have, if you use already chopped cole slaw mix, use 2 bags. I had to discard some of the oil mixture. Thank you!"

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