Southern Style Coleslaw

Southern Style Coleslaw will be a family favorite among your friends and guest at family BBQ’s as well as Summer Potlucks. Combining crunchy red and green cabbage, sweet pickle relish, celery seeds, grated carrots and crisp celery with simple spices and a mayo base for the perfect Southern-style side dish to complement your favorite Summer dishes.

Our beloved modern coleslaws have been traced back to the ancient Romans, who served a dish of cabbage, vinegar, eggs and various spices.The Dutch immigrants in New York state grew cabbage around the Hudson River that they were known for using in a shredded cabbage salad named koosla.

Southern ColeslawThe vinegar-based varieties of coleslaw seem to have a long history in the USA.  A recipe in The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and New World, made by the author’s Dutch landlady in 1770, mixes thin strips of cabbage with melted butter, vinegar, and oil.

Below you will find my simple recipe for a delicious tangy yet sweet tasting Southern Style Coleslaw. The ingredients are easy to find and extremely budget friendly for those trying to keep a budget in mind when preparing food for a crowd.

Southern Coleslaw

  • 1/2 of a cup of mayo
  • 1/4 of a cup of sweet pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar, optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to own taste
  • 3 cups of green cabbage very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of red cabbage very thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots peeled; grated
  • 1 stalk of celery minced


  1. Whisk mayonnaise, sweet pickle juice, pickle relish, celery seeds, sugar, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and pepper in a large bowl to combine.
  2. Thinly slice the red and green cabbage, to the desired size.
  3. Grate the carrots and then dice the celery.
  4. Add green and red cabbage, carrots, and celery to the dressing and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  6. Coleslaw can be made 8 hours ahead.


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