Spectacular Overnight Slaw Recipe
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Spectacular Overnight Slaw Recipe

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To come up with this dish, I used a number of different recipes, plus some ideas of my own. It's great for a potluck because it's made the night before and the flavor keeps getting better. Whenever I serve it, I'm inundated with recipe requests. —Ruth Lovett, Bay City, Texas
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 120 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Combine cabbage, onion, peppers and olives. In a large saucepan, mix remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Pour over vegetables, and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Mix well before serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Spectacular Overnight Slaw in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p27

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Eisenhower17 User ID: 6738500 250220
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2016

"Great! Didn't use the olives and put in about half a sweet red pepper I had in the fridge otherwise made just as recipe calls for. Mayonnaise gets too runny for my taste and worry about it on picnics. Better leftover with nearly everything except waffles will most definitely make this again!"

NCMtnrose User ID: 2650529 248947
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"My mother used to make this (without the olives) and it was awesome! And the pre-packaged slaw? Coming from a stroke survivor who lost the use of an arm, it is fine. If you can find it without carrots get it that way. It's better without the carrots. Buying pre-packaged isn't always about laziness. ;) :) Just a reminder....... :)"

eminsol User ID: 4077674 247419
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2016

"I only gave it 4 stars because I do not like olives in my slaw either... on the side yes but not in. Try pear infused white wine vinegar and cut down some of the sugar. As for prepackaged slaw, of course you can use, but I would not recommend, the difference is quite noticeable and it does not take long to shred cabbage and I do it with a hand shredder (too lazy to get out the food processor...;-) )"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 230720
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"This Spectacular Overnight Slaw is fantastic! My family and I loved it. The cooked dressing is perfect and the slaw is nice and crunchy. I will definitely be making this again and again!"

wrene User ID: 8461037 230609
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Yes ..prepackaged slaw Ok..and I do not care for olives in my slaw so

I sub. Thinly sliced radish. Colourful and crunchy."

suz4fsu User ID: 4952086 230514
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"Has anyone used the prepackage slaw?"

Cheeriosgirl User ID: 7739512 228373
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Made this for a family get together and everyone liked it. It was fresh and light. I did let my dressing cool some before I poured it on the vegetable. Call me crazy."

doralice User ID: 7761889 220956
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"I have been making this recipe for years. It was in "Taste of Home " magazine a long time ago. The first time I made it was for a potluck . I knew it was a great recipe when the bowl was cleaned up as if it had been licked clean."

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 3132
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I am a self-proclaimed coleslaw connoisseur, and while this is very, very good, I wouldn't call it spectacular. It stayed very crisp even after pouring on the boiling-hot dressing. Although it's very tasty, it's not one of my favorite slaws. I did leave out the green olives as I don't care for them. Don't let my review stop you from trying this one though!"

Helga-Mom User ID: 7655031 3321
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014


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