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Sweet Restaurant Slaw Recipe
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

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"This tastes just like the cole slaw served at popular fried chicken or fish restaurants. It's excellent with burgers or on top of BBQ'd pork sandwiches, too!!!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Combine the coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the salad dressing, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 27, 2008

More like 4 and a half stars. A tad on the sweet side (should have listened to reviews and cut back on sugar some), but still so so yummy. Seemed dry when first put together, but it really creams up quickly in the frig - 2 hours is plenty of time for it to set up. I added two diced radishes, I think next time I will add four, to help the sweet factor and to add some more crunch. Aftter reading reviews, I added more onion, ground mustard and a tad more salt. Yummers! Served with ribs and baked beans. My boyfriend's take: "better than Southern cooking and I never had to leave my porch in Arizona." And he is picky about his slaw. POSTSCRIPT: I cut back on the sugar the next time, and it just didn't taste as good. I tried adding the sugar back in after I had already added the slaw -- didn't really work.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2011

I found this to be too sweet and too heavy on the dressing- if I make it again I will reduce the sugar by about half and add the liquid to the slaw mix bit by bit until I get the desired amount of wetness- with the full amount of dressing it was just too goopy.

Mar 15, 2008

This was great! I used mayo instead of miracle whip and rice wine vinegar instead of white vinegar, but just barely cut back on the sugar because rice vinegar is slightly sweet. My friends agreed that it was even better than the slaw at the great BBQ place in town. Will definitely make again!

Jan 24, 2008

The BEST slaw recipe ever!! I just finished making it and YUM-O!!! Can't wait to try it in a few hours. It taste's just like the coleslaw at the fast food chicken place. The only change that I made was I substituted celery seed for the poppy seed. I didn't have bagged slaw mix, shredded a head of cabbage and a carrot. I just wanted to add that I have use allrecipes for a few years and this is the first time I have taken the time to rate a recipe, it's that good!!!

Jul 01, 2008

Delicious cole slaw! Creamy and sweet, just the way I like it. I use real mayo, celery seed instead of poppy, a dollop of sour cream instead of the oil, and a little extra salt and pepper. Thanks.

Jun 06, 2008

I just made this coleslaw for a big cookout that I am hosting tomorrow and I had to rate this right away! It is delicious! I haven't even chilled it for the 2 hours and it is so good! I can't wait to share it with my friends and family. I followed the recipe exact with the exception of using mayo and no poppy seeds. This is my slaw recipe for now on, thank you!

Jul 04, 2007

Being a midwesterner, I've had a lot of different kinds of restaurant and tavern coleslaws with my Friday night perch dinners, but this is the best by far!

Sep 20, 2010

This is very good- almost the my family's long time recipe. One thing I do to make it creamier and less watery- I only put half the dressing on it to begin with. After an hour, I drain some of the dressing off, and then put the rest on- make a little extra dressing if needed. After you put any vinegar based dressing on cabbage, some of it's water will leach out, making it soupy- this makes it creamier.


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  • Calories
  • 200 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 12 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 253 mg
  • 10%

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

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