This creamy cole slaw is a side dish that appears at every potluck dinner and outdoor picnic.
Cole Slaw is the simplest side dish ever
I can never decide which I prefer at a picnic or BBQ, cole slaw or potato salad, so I usually make both, because cole slaw takes less than ten minutes to make. While you can buy a head of cabbage and shred it by hand, or in the food processor, I like to buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage when I’m making cole slaw for a crowd. (This post was originally published on October 16th, 2011 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive commission on qualifying purchases.)
What’s in Cole Slaw Dressing?
Cole slaw dressing is a mayonnaise based dressing. Depending on whether you prefer a sweet or more tangy dressing, you can add either more honey, or more apple cider vinegar. Coleman’s dry mustard is an essential ingredient, and I wouldn’t substitute regular mustard, as it does have a different flavor profile. I use dry mustard in the same way as I use spices.
What kind of vinegar is used in cole slaw?
Apple cider vinegar is traditional used in classic cole slaw. Substituting another vinegar will give different results. Apple cider vinegar has a fruitier flavor than say, white wine or plain white vinegar.
How far in advance should you make cole slaw?
While you can certainly serve cole slaw immediately after you make it, it will be a bit crunchier. I think it tastes best if it’s had an hour or two in the fridge to absorb all the flavors.
If you want to add crunch to your pulled pork sliders, this is creamy cole slaw is a great topper!
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Simple Creamy Cole Slaw
- Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Taste dressing and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Toss in cabbage, mixing well to coat.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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