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Campers' Coleslaw Recipe

Campers' Coleslaw Recipe

Crispy and crunchy, this no-fuss slaw makes a refreshing side dish for picnics and parties. This is an old family recipe. —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded (about 10 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine first five ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely.
  • 2. In a large bowl, toss vegetables with dressing. Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 122 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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monarch1666 User ID: 7736577 109752
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"I'm sorry but I thought this recipe was i edible as written. I prepared the dressing as directed the first time. It was so awful I threw it out and remade it using only about a Tblsp of oil. Much, much better. That should be inedible. Self correct :-("

kateydeey User ID: 7730650 192307
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"Too oily for my taste and not enough taste."

cathy.dean User ID: 1467714 130097
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"This recipe was outstanding. I made it for our 4th of July picnic and 4 people asked for the recipe. I made it as written until it came to adding the dressing to the coleslaw. I used a medium head of cabbage and there was too much dressing so I tossed about 3/4 a cup out. I think I will only use 1 cup of sugar next time and see how much extra dressing there is. My family does not all like green peppers but with the overnight marinating it took the edge off them and they liked it and even went for second helpings."

Laurie1956 User ID: 7735479 188675
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"My favorite coleslaw dressing that my mother always made except equal parts of sugar and cider vinegar and no oil. Green peppers, onions, or shredded carrots optional."

bigray610 User ID: 4549162 174016
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"pour the juice on the cabbage when it's hot and let it sit oven night, the n it's a 5"

tigortweet User ID: 6916011 189692
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"I'm usually not a coleslaw fan, but hubby wanted coleslaw with his pulled pork sandwiches. This slaw is amazing. we all had several helpings. I did use less onion and red pepper for preference but otherwise would not change a thing. Delish!"

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 192305
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"This dish surprised my taste buds with hands down we give it...5 stars!"

RHergenroeder User ID: 6026311 192302
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I also used 1/2c. Cedar vin. with 1/4c. White vin. I also only used 1c. Sugar. Very good"

nmblades User ID: 170437 178989
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"My niece absolutely loved this coleslaw!! I substituted red peppers for the green for a milder flavor. Also subbed the vinegar--used 1/2 cup cider vinegar & 1/4 cup white vinegar to mellow out the flavor. Very nice."

patellison User ID: 3937144 109750
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"Oops... forgot to put the stars!"

patellison User ID: 3937144 112042
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"It was delicious! Almost any kind of slaw is my favorite salad, and I love to try different versions. I did cut the sugar some, but it was still a bit sweeter than I am used to. I also cut the salt down, despite being somewhat of a saltaholic, because it seemed like a lot, and if it wasn't a typo why didn't it just say 1 Tbsp instead of 3 tsps?"

Joanie Finck User ID: 2711101 120404
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"Good recipe, but not sure how it is labeled as Diabetic Friendly. Swap out the sugar for a Stevia product, and you are good to go!"

sxyktty22 User ID: 1286625 106520
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"When I first tried this for a company potluck, it got rave reviews for the sweet, tangy taste and less fat for the dieters. It has since become my most requested potluck slaw to bring. Making it today for a cast play party! Thanks Taste of Home."

Yume-chan User ID: 6016334 109749
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Never done a coleslaw that didn't have a mayonnaise base before, so I was kinda skeptical about this recipe. Tried it and was blown away! Perfect amount of sweet and tangy. This is now one of my summer staple recipes!"

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 112040
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I tried this recipe because it looked like a coleslaw they used to make at a restaurant in Pittsford, New York, that my friends and I practically lived in during college. While not identical to that recipe, this is still very tasty and different from the usual mayonnaise-based coleslaws I've had. A+!"

Granny Bird User ID: 5012418 190693
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"One of my friends said, "it's the best I've ever tasted!""

Deester User ID: 119142 130092
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"We loved this recipe! Even my son who is NOT a fan of coleslaw has requested I make this one again! It's a keeper!"

Tongiefarm User ID: 1086525 188673
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"I loved this coleslaw. easy, Sweet and was delicious with BBQ sammies!"

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