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Picnic Slaw

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


  • 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


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

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  • justmbeth
    May 28, 2018

    Peppers gave this slaw a bit more crunch. A bit different than my traditional slaw but very good.

  • kmpatch
    May 29, 2017

    I used a small bag of pre-shredded cole slaw mix (cabbage and carrot) and cut the rest of the ingredients in half. I left out the green onion because I didn't have it, but I don't think it needed it with the other chopped onion. The dressing came together in a snap with a wisk - I mixed everything together in the morning and served it at dinner. My family really liked this recipe.

  • delowenstein
    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!delowenstein

  • gunslinger
    Sep 2, 2014

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

  • queenzookie
    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
    Nov 2, 2011

    Very delicious. Much better than ordinary coleslaw.

  • botumsup2
    Jul 5, 2010

    This was excellent!

  • debihunt
    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
    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
    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.