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Guaranteed Non-Watery Coleslaw

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

No one likes watery coleslaw!

No one likes watery coleslaw!

How to Make a Coleslaw That's Not Watery

I don't know about you, but I get turned off by watery coleslaw. It turns out that there's an easy technique to prevent this unfortunate result. The problem is that cabbage naturally contains a lot of water, which can leak out to create a coleslaw soup. The solution is to salt the cabbage first. This will draw out the moisture and allow you to make a perfect, non-watery coleslaw.

Cook Time

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1 hour 10 min

1 hour 10 min

4 servings

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  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • other coleslaw veggies, as desired


  1. Put the cabbage in a colander and toss with salt.
  2. Let the colander stand in the sink for at least 1 hour.
  3. Place the colander under the faucet and rinse the cabbage under cold water.
  4. Pat cabbage dry with paper towels.
  5. Toss the cabbage with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Variations and Tips

  • If using fresh cabbage, use a mandolin to slice the cabbage for a nicer look.
  • Include other vegetables as desired, such as julienned carrots or red cabbage for color.
  • Include a small amount of sugar or honey to add a little sweetness.
  • Serve at room temperature or refrigerate before serving.

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