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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, shredded
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed


  • 1. Combine cabbage, onion, peppers and olives. In a large saucepan, mix remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Pour over vegetables, and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Mix well before serving. Yield: 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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MelanieBly User ID: 3720662 268706
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'..."

Eisenhower17 User ID: 6738500 250220
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!"

NCMtnrose User ID: 2650529 248947
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....... :)"

eminsol User ID: 4077674 247419
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...;-) )"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 230720
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!"

wrene User ID: 8461037 230609
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."

suz4fsu User ID: 4952086 230514
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"Has anyone used the prepackage slaw?"

Cheeriosgirl User ID: 7739512 228373
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."

doralice User ID: 7761889 220956
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."

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 3132
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I am a self-proclaimed coleslaw connoisseur, and while this is very, very good, I wouldn't call it spectacular. It stayed very crisp even after pouring on the boiling-hot dressing. Although it's very tasty, it's not one of my favorite slaws. I did leave out the green olives as I don't care for them. Don't let my review stop you from trying this one though!"

Helga-Mom User ID: 7655031 3321
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014


sandydrage User ID: 1655488 3320
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Has anyone made this with rice vinegar?"

Peggy2624 User ID: 2813423 6845
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"A very tasty alternative to slaw with mayo. It truly does get better overnight. Something about the mix of veggies causes the peppers and onion to NOT repeat on me.!!"

omahataxidriver User ID: 5143548 3314
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"I love green olives.. this recipe is so good, the onions mellow out and they taste gate in this slaw."

merced67 User ID: 2020474 3762
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"I have tried so many coleslaw recipes and finally have found one I will be making for years and years. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe."

Jeff46 User ID: 5905267 6691
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"A great hit at Christmas 2010. Everyone loved it!"

michelemary User ID: 1090411 4179
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"Great flavor and it's so convenient that it can be made the day before. I've made it twice now and my guests all loved the flavor. The second time I left out the olives as I didn't feel they added enough to the dish. It was full of flavor and quick and easy to put together."

kelsimarie21 User ID: 4878788 3745
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"I had so many compliments on this recipie, they also said it was the best slaw they had ever tasted! So simple and delicious!"

MarilynBrandon User ID: 4216453 3742
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"This recipe lives up to it's name. It really is spectacular! My son-in-law declared it be the best slaw he'd ever eaten, and my mother agreed wholeheartedly. I love that you can make it the night before and just sit it on the table the next day when everything else is ready!"

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