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Purple Cabbage Coleslaw

My Mom’s Secret Cole Slaw Recipe

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Minute
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 10 - 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American


This is a great homemade coleslaw and no mayo required! Everyone always asks for mom’s recipe so here ya go!



1 large head shredded, purple or green cabbage (Buy in a bag or grate your own. Mom  used to chop it in the food processor.)
1 large chopped onion
1 c sugar

Dressing Ingredients:
1 c apple cider vinegar
3/4 c salad oil (I used canola)
2 T sugar
1 t celery seed or to taste
2 t dry mustard
1 t salt


Shred cabbage if you are shredding your own.

Pour sugar over cabbage and onion and mix well. Let stand while you make the dressing.

Bring dressing ingredients to a boil and boil for one minute. Pour over cabbage mixture and stir well. Let marinate for several hours before serving – or not. This tasted great even within an hour!

Oh my my!


This makes enough dressing for 1 large head of cabbage. If you are just using 1 bag of shredded cabbage, I would recommend using only 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 of the dressing.

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