New Jersey Diner Salad Recipe -
New Jersey Diner Salad Recipe
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New Jersey Diner Salad

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"Easy and refreshing marinated salad reminiscent of the salad from the Weequahic Diner in Newark, New Jersey. A family favorite that can be made days in advance!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, onions, carrot, pepper, and cucumber. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad, and stir to coat. Cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 22, 2010

I love this recipe! I had green, yellow & red pepper on hand, so I added all three. Since I am not a fan of raw onions, I also cut this down to 1/3 c. I also used olive oil in the recipe instead of vegetable oil. I let this sit for 24 hours. Next time I will double the recipe. Thanks for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 07, 2006

Interesting use of vegetables, but rather bland. I made mine ahead for a BBQ, but found that the liquid from the marinating vegetables really watered down the dressing, so it hardly had any taste. I then doubled the dressing amounts, added 1/2 teaspoon celery seed and black pepper, and added a bit more cabbage. It was better, but I can't say it has become a favourite. If I give it a second chance, I think I'll use red onions to add to the colour of the dish (its appearance was better than its taste).


9 Ratings

Nov 14, 2011

I and my family were all lucky enuf to have had this at the Weequahic & Claremont Diners in NJ. My father still makes it at home. The longer it refrigerates the better it gets... trust me on this one!

Feb 06, 2009

I thought this was a tasty salad and a good alternative to the same old coleslaw that I always make. Before eating, I let the salad sit for about six hours and thought the flavor was great. The onion was way too overpowering, however, even though I only used one large yellow onion. The next day, all of the flavors had mellowed out, including the onion, but I found that it was almost too bland and a little bit watery. I did like it enough to make again, though.

May 31, 2011

Great substitute for the usual salad. I've followed the exact recipe, used bag mix cole slaw instead, and even done a spinach version. Very nice and refreshing for summer!

Aug 28, 2008

actually i didn't find this to be bland at all. i substituted red wine vinegar (that was all i had) and cut the amounts down, as i only needed about half this recipe, but my husband and i really loved it. used it as a topping for grilled brats. great recipe. :)

Aug 04, 2009

Something new and tasty...I like it! I only used part of an onion though as I didn't want it's flavor to overpower the salad as other's have mentioned.


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  • Calories
  • 192 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 10.5 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 598 mg
  • 24%

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

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