Picnic Slaw Recipe
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Picnic Slaw Recipe

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Everyone loves this festive, colorful coleslaw. It not only looks good, it tastes great, too. Crisp vegetables covered with a light creamy dressing make a refreshing side dish you'll be proud to serve. -Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • Dash pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 96 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Picnic Slaw in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p31

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 230508
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"I recall making this coleslaw and I did adjust the recipe by adding: 2 finely cut celery ribs, 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded, 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp. milk, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard. I used about 1/3 cup Hellman's EITHER REGULAR OR LIGHT mayonnaise.

However, I'm finding that it works best to use regular mayonnaise! I'd whisked the dressing ingredients together which I'd poured over the slaw. The sliced green onion I HAD omitted and had used a small yellow onion, BUT on the other hand, sliced green onion in the slaw DOES add more color and flavor!
I ALSO DID omit the parsley! This slaw is a recipe which I definitely consider a keeper! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

gunslinger User ID: 544392 11956
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"The buttermilk dressing was delicious!I let mine chill overnight."

queenzookie User ID: 5427908 16047
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"This may be the best cole slaw I've ever made. I used a bag of coleslaw mix. Also, I just mixed the dressing ingredients together (I did not use a blender). Wonderful!"

langang User ID: 5722096 9270
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Very delicious. Much better than ordinary coleslaw."

botumsup2 User ID: 3950732 10245
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This was excellent!"

debihunt User ID: 842661 200994
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"my family loves this quick homemade slaw! I also use a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw & it turns out perfect everytime!!"

HLUJ User ID: 1168012 10703
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"I've used this recipe this it was published in 1996 and love it. It always turns out the same. However, to make it even easier I use a bag of already prepared coleslaw instead of shredding it myself. It saves so much time."

merilily User ID: 558664 4074
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2008

"This is one of the best slaw recipes I have ever tried. My family loves it and it is always a hit at potlucks and other get togethers."

monkeysaunt71 User ID: 3204508 12046
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2008

"I made this wonderful slaw years ago when it was first published..I lost my recipe and I am so excited I found it again..If you are a cole slaw lover, this is a must try..The best homemade slaw I have ever had."

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