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Summertime Slaw

 Summertime Slaw
As a change from mayonnaise-laden slaw, I created this refreshing alternative. It uses many of the garden vegetables I grow, so it’s also economical. I serve it at our family reunion each Fourth of July, and it’s always a big hit at church socials.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 10 min. + chilling


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, water, salt,
  • pepper and pepper flakes if desired. Cook and stir over medium heat
  • until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes longer or until sugar
  • is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, tomatoes, onion,
  • peppers and pickle relish. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover
  • and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10-12
  • servings.