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Coleslaw With Oil and Vinegar Dressing Recipe

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Make oil and vinegar coleslaw at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Make oil and vinegar coleslaw at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.

How to Make Coleslaw With Oil and Vinegar

When I make coleslaw, it never comes out the same way twice. I very rarely measure out the ingredients, and spices will vary depending on what I have in my spice collection. This goes great as a side dish with just about any meal that you're preparing.

Need to bring something for a potluck dinner? Coleslaw is a big hit at picnics and potluck dinners.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

Will serve 6 people


  • 1 head of green cabbage or ½ green ½ red, grated
  • 2-3 carrots, grated
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced (you can also use red pepper and yellow)
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • ¾ cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp of white sugar


These spices go into this salad every time I make it.

  • Garlic Powder
  • Sea salt or table salt (I like to use garlic salt if I have it on hand)
  • Ground pepper
  • All seasoning salt

Other Spices That Go Well in Coleslaw

  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning salt
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic pepper
  • Celery seed
  • Paprika


Make this early in the day and refrigerate, or at least an hour before serving to give the flavours a chance to intermingle.

  1. In a large bowl, mix your cabbage, carrots, onion, green pepper, celery, and all your spices.
  2. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Add the vinegar and oil mixing well.
  4. Sprinkle with sugar and mix again.
  5. Cover and refrigerate.
  6. Before serving, mix the salad really well once more.

What to Serve Coleslaw With

I make coleslaw about every two weeks. It is great to serve with ham, and fish n' chips, and it goes great on hot dogs or sausages in a bun. Serve it as a side salad with hamburgers. My husband likes it on sub sandwiches that I make him for lunch.

Broccoli Slaw

This salad is really good, made with broccoli slaw. Instead of using cabbage, you use broccoli slaw. I found broccoli slaw in the grocery store one day in the same produce section where they sell the bagged cabbage for coleslaw.

Cabbage Dishes

There are so many wonderful dishes you can make with this veggie. Here are just a few of the many dishes and ways you can add it to your diet.

  • Sauerkraut.
  • Cabbage rolls.
  • Stews.
  • Soups, borscht—cabbage goes well in any type of vegetable soup. When I am making turkey soup, I'll throw it in too, if I have it on hand.
  • Boiled dinner, such as corned beef and cabbage.
  • Fried cabbage for bubble and squeak.

If Cabbage Gives You Gas

Some people find that eating cabbage causes gas. When cooking it, if you add a few cumin or caraway seeds to the pot, you will find that it gets easier to digest, and it will not tend to give you gas or flatulence.

Some Fun Cabbage Facts

  • If someone calls you a “cabbage head,” it means that they are calling you stupid.
  • Mon petite chou” means "my little cabbage" in French, but the meaning is the same as if you would call someone my little darling.
  • There are many types of this vegetable, including white, Chinese Savoy, and red. China leads the world for most produced cabbage.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

  • Cabbage juice has been known to help heal peptic ulcers.
  • Reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease, helps rheumatism and skin problems.
  • May help to speed up metabolism.
  • Vitamins and Minerals in Cabbage: There are many vitamins and minerals in cabbage, which include; vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, iron, copper, manganese, selenium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium. In raw cabbage, there are 25 calories or 103 KJ in 3.5 oz or 100 g.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas