Mom's Chopped Coleslaw Recipe
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Mom's Chopped Coleslaw Recipe

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For Friday dinners, my mother made coleslaw to go with our fish. It’s still a family tradition, and the tangy dressing even works on a tossed salad. —Cynthia McDowell, Banning, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 medium head cabbage (about 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Dash pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 203 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Cut cabbage into 1-1/2- to 2-in. pieces. Place half of the cabbage in a food processor; pulse until chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; repeat with remaining cabbage.
  2. Add remaining vegetables to cabbage. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended. Pour over coleslaw and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Chopped Coleslaw in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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Conniehs User ID: 7671163 248804
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"I made this exactly as stated and found it needed more flavor. The veggie mix was excellent with a little celery salt added but the sauce was too bland for my taste. Going back to my old reliable sauce: 3/4 C mayo, 1/4 cup sugar & 2 T cider vinegar."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 247943
Reviewed May. 7, 2016

"This coleslaw is wonderful! I used 4 tbs. of apple cider vinegar instead of 2 tbs. white vinegar and I agree that the dressing is awesome. I did run all of the vegetables through the processor first so that our older folks could eat it a lot easier. Thank you, Cynthia! Everyone gave it a "thumbs up!""

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 247941
Reviewed May. 7, 2016

"Without question, one of the best coleslaws I've ever had! I didn't make any changes, which is unusual for me. This recipe will be kept with my best potato salad and maccaroni salad recipes -- I'm set for life! Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing it!"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 227031
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"This was really good! Easy to make and a crowd pleaser for Memorial Day. Loved it!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 226808
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"Outstanding! This is like KFC coleslaw with a kick. I thought I made the best coleslaw ever, but this puts mine to shame. I didn't put the cabbage in the food processor, but just chopped it fine by hand. The dressing is SO good. I made a couple of changes because of the ingredients I had on hand. I found out that you can make "buttermilk" with 3 parts plain yogurt and 1 part milk. I used that recipe for the buttermilk called for in this recipe. And I also sprinkled in cayenne pepper instead of the hot sauce. And I added four teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Two tsp wasn't tart enough (white vinegar should be tart enough). And I added a pinch of Kosher salt. Let it sit in the fridge awhile. I think that this is going to get better by the day."

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