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Creamy German Coleslaw Recipe

Creamy German Coleslaw

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"This has been my favorite coleslaw recipe for thirty years. It's easy to make and tastes delicious. Blend dressing in the food processor if desired."

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  • PREP

    10 mins

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place cabbage in a large bowl.
  2. Mix sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir mayonnaise into sugar-vinegar mixture until dressing is smooth and creamy. Pour dressing over cabbage; toss to coat.
  3. Marinate coleslaw in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours; stir well before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2013

OMG!!!! This is by far the Best tasting Coleslaw Recipe I've ever tried!!!! Very simple. We ate it as soon as I made this. It wasn't even chilled. Thank You Catherine.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 16, 2014

Who uses mayonnaise in a traditional German dish? Might as well go buy your kraut salat at 7-11. White trash recipes are not the same as Good recipes. Try harder please! It's too good to ruin in this way.


29 Ratings

Oct 31, 2012

I haven't actually tried this recipe but it sounds just about exactly like my family's recipe. (My family is German, Irish, and Czech and the recipe likely came from the German and Irish side of the family.) I'm not sure if the recipe author forgot to write this step but we always shred the cabbage and salt it and let it wilt before adding the dressing. We've tweaked it slightly but the flavor remains constant. We now use partially non-fat yogurt to save on calories and the rest mayo. Another idea is that if seeds present an annoyance to perhaps folks with braces or people fussy about their teeth there is such a thing as ground celery seed that is available and we now use that every time we make coleslaw. If ground celery seed is unavailable you could always grind the seed yourself in a coffee grinder dedicated to spices alone.

Dec 09, 2012

yummy so very good, creamy and full of flavor. I used bagged coslaw with carrots. So happy with the results of this recipe.

Jun 14, 2013

I made with 2 packets stevia instead of sugar, and with cumin seeds instead of celery seeds, using bagged cole slaw mix. Excellent.

Mar 23, 2013

Great coleslaw. Made it as written except added some shredded carrots as well for color. I like the simple list of ingredients.

Feb 13, 2014

I used bagged slaw mix, and made this exactly as written. I let it chill for about 2 hrs. It was wonderful, so good I ate the whole bag at dinner. I would not change a thing

May 23, 2013

Easy, quick and good. The kids liked it.


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  • Calories
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 316 mg
  • 13%

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

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