Southern Vinegar Slaw

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


16 servings

Updated: May. 15, 2023
This has been a very popular salad from my recipe box for a long, long time! Before I retired, when my office had a covered-dish-get-together, I was always asked to bring my tangy Southern vinegar coleslaw. My family loves it, too. —Fern Hammock, Garland, Texas
Southern Vinegar Slaw Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 12 cups shredded cabbage (1 medium head)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine dressing ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 2-3 hours. Stir well before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Southern Vinegar Slaw Tips

Can you use coleslaw mix to make Southern vinegar slaw?

Shredding cabbage is a pretty quick task, but if you’re pressed for time feel free to use coleslaw mix instead. Many slaw mixes also contain carrots and red cabbage, so there’s no need to add the carrots in the recipe unless you’d like a little extra in each bite. If you decide to do the chopping at home, check out our guide to how to shred cabbage for all of our best tips and tricks.

How do you serve Southern vinegar slaw?

Southern vinegar slaw is more than a great choice for a picnic side dish—it’s a great topping too! Try it on a slow-cooker barbecue beef sandwich or fish tacos.

How long does Southern vinegar slaw last?

Store Southern vinegar slaw in a tightly covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you liked this dish, be sure to check out more of our favorite coleslaw recipes.

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 167 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.