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Vernell's Slaw Recipe
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Vernell's Slaw

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"Wonderful slaw recipe passed down from my Grandmother's cook, Vernell. It's similar to a sweet and sour cabbage recipe, and will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Great served with beef brisket. Best made a day or more before serving."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    3 mins

    3 hrs 23 mins


  1. Place the shredded cabbage into a large glass baking dish or other glass dish. Do not use metal or plastic. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of white sugar and the salt.
  2. In a separate microwave safe bowl, combine the remaining sugar, oil, vinegar, mustard, celery seed and pepper. Stir to blend in the sugar, then heat until boiling in the microwave, about 3 minutes. Immediately, but carefully pour the boiling mixture over the cabbage. Toss with a wooden or plastic utensil to evenly coat the cabbage.
  3. Let stand out on the counter for several hours, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate. Toss before serving, and serve with a slotted spoon.
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Sep 19, 2006

This turned out delicious. Everybody in my house likes mayo based slaw, except me, but when they tried this they all agreed that it was even better than their usual pick.

Aug 28, 2011

I am usually bad about leaving reviews, but I just made this, had a taste while it was still warm, and it was amazing! As a child, I would go to visit a friend of my mother's each summer, and her kids would make this. I have some BBQ ribs cooking right now and thought that this would go well with them. This is exactly as I remebered it to taste, and even my husband who is not a big cole slaw fan thought that this was really good! Thank You!


10 Ratings

Nov 02, 2008

Very yummy! I like healthy alternatives so I substituted 3/4 c. water and 1/4 c. oil, rather than 1 c. oil. Next time I will add carrots, etc. I will also use less liqid as it was a litle soupy. Overall, very tasty!!

Dec 01, 2009

Fantastic! A perfect accompaniment to BBQ or roast turkey. I found a jar of this in the back of my refrigerator one time (forgotten for several weeks), and it was still fresh and delicious! PS Vernell was my grandmother's cook, too!

Jan 20, 2009

above average vinegar based slaw. tasted great when eaten on the bbq sandwich.

Oct 22, 2013

"Vernell's Slaw" is a wonderful slightly sweet coleslaw with a light hint of a celery taste. It is tasty, but not overpowering such as to compete with other flavorful dishes. It reminds me of those "full of love" type recipes that I can find in old church cookbooks. I substituted honey for sugar (equal amounts) in mine. Thank you HUNGRYHIPPO2 for sharing your recipe.

May 24, 2014

Didn't have white vinegar but used 3/4 cup apple cider vin and 1/4 cup red wine vinegar. Made as a slaw to put on pulled pork sandwiches but it was so good people were just eating the slaw with spoons. I finely shredded a large carrot which made it sweet but not too sweet. Will make again!

Sep 20, 2012

A delicious slaw, especially with a barbecue sandwich.***Update - The next time I made this, I used a 16 oz. pkg of coleslaw mix, halved the marinade ingredients, and used Splenda instead of sugar. It was still delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 237 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 18.4 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 227 mg
  • 9%

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

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