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Bayou's Mardi Gras Slaw Recipe

Bayou's Mardi Gras Slaw

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"This is a wonderfully colorful cole slaw perfect for celebrating Mardi Gras or any other time. It is presented in the official colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold. The sauce is a perfect blend of sweet and tart, with a little cayenne pepper for bite. Do not dress the coleslaw ahead, or it will become soggy."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Whisk together cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, dry mustard, celery seed, cayenne pepper, dill, sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, place the cabbage, bell pepper, and zucchini in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat (see notes).
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  • Editor's Note
  • To make sure you get the consistency you prefer, begin by tossing the vegetables with less dressing, adding more until the slaw is just right for your tastes.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 21, 2010

This is fantastic! I changed a few things because of ingredients I had around the house: I simplified the ingredients, didn't have dry mustard or celery so I used a little dijon instead and skipped the celery. I left out the zuchini and put in a green bell instead to give the green color. added some green onions too. I did not use brown sugar (which I'm sure would taste great) but opted for granulated splenda for diet reasons. It was such a hit that my grandmother who is the amazing cook of the family wanted the recipe. Didn't tell my grandmother about the splenda though. She would have spit it out. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 21, 2012

I followed the recipe exactly and found it to be a little hot. Must be the horseradish even though i could not taste the horseradish just the heat.


14 Ratings

Apr 06, 2009

This was a great recipe for a Mardi Gras banquet i did, the salad used the traditional colors, and everyone enjoyed it. Some thought it was a little spicy because i added a little extra horseradish to it. But overall it turned out very well.

Feb 14, 2011

Great coleslaw! The dill adds a different dimension to the flavour. Good idea to eat it all in one sitting as it does become soggy very quickly. However, if you can use it all in at the one meal it is very good.

Sep 23, 2011

Terrific!!! Makes a lot. I made it for a fall picnic as an alternative to potato salad or store bought (heavy dressing) cole slaw. I made one modification; instead of shredding the cabbage, I chopped it so that it isn't as wet and limp. I mixed a third of the slaw up at first then mixed up more as it got low. I could also save any leftovers since the dressing was separate. Highly recommend!!

Mar 16, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this salad is. I brought it to Bunco last night and everyone loved it and was very vocal about how good it was. It is a very pretty salad; and we were all looking forward to having some. The dressing is wonderful. I thought there might have been too much going on in the dressing, but the flavors all blend well. I did add extra brown sugar (just a little, to taste), as I felt it was a little bitter as written. I had to use three zucchini and three yellow peppers, but that could have been because my cabbage was too big. They were all the same size at the store. All in all, beautiful, delicious and crowd pleasing salad. Thanks!

Jan 19, 2013

This is a wonderful, colorful, tasty!! slaw recipe. Our dinner club had a New Orleans themed meal. Newspapers covered the table adding to the fun, casual, atmosphere; spicy bbq peel and eat shrimp was the entree and this delicous slaw was one of the sides. You know we all had to have the recipe! Finish the meal off with banana's foster and you can die happy :)

May 31, 2013

I had high hopes for this and was looking for something from our usual coleslaw but holy moly this was really bitter. We just did not care for it at all.


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  • Calories
  • 161 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 11.7 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 115 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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