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Spectacular Overnight Slaw Recipe

Spectacular Overnight Slaw Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 2-1/2 pounds), shredded
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, celery seed and mustard seed


  • 1. In a 4-quart bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, peppers and olives. In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour over vegetables and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Mix well before serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2017

"No olives please. No sugar. I use sugar sub or agave. Agave is perfect for this recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2017

"Love this slaw and have been making it for years. Just one caveat- some prepackaged slaw mixes use purple cabbage as an ingredient. Your slaw will turn a lovely shade of pink if kept more than one day with purple slaw in it. I don't like olives so have never used them. No one has ever said it would be better with olives. Just sayin'..."

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!"

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....... :)"

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...;-) )"

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!"

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."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"Has anyone used the prepackage slaw?"

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."

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."

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