Coleslaw With Oil and Vinegar Dressing

Updated on July 28, 2017


Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw
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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 time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 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 flavors 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.

4.7 stars from 6 ratings of Coleslaw

What to Serve Coleslaw With

I make coleslaw about every two weeks. It is great to serve with ham, fish n chips, 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.

DzyMsLizzy a fellow hubber likes to eat peanut butter on cabbage, which is really quite yummy.

Broccoli Slaw

This salad is really good made with broccoli slaw. Instead of using the 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, any type of vegetable soup cabbage goes well in. When I am making turkey soup if I have it on hand, I will throw it in.
  • Boiled dinner, such as corned beef and cabbage
  • Fried cabbage for Bubble and squeak

If cabbage give 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 risk of stroke and heart disease, helps rheumatism's and skin problems.
  • May help to speed up metabolism.
  • Vitamins and Minerals in Cabbage: There are many vitamins and minerals in cabbage, which include; vitamin 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.


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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We love cabbage too and eat it quite often. I hope you enjoy the coleslaw and thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Cabbage is one of my favorite foods. Last night we had a delicious, healthy home-made cabbage soup. Coleslaw is satisfying and delicious and I'll use your wonderful recipe. Thanks Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Rebecca, Audrey and BK42!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Always so nice to see you Paula. Happy Easter to you and your family too. How are those beautiful twins doing these days?

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      I love coleslaw and this recipe sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh yum! I love cabbage!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Coleslaw with oil and vinegar! Great. I am a coleslaw lover, so I will give this a try. Thanks! Pinned and shared.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hi Susan!....Wanted to drop in to say Hello and see what ya got cookin? Well, no cooking involved with this recipe......but it's the kind of cole slaw that I really like.....much more than slaw made with mayo or Miracle Whip.

      Basically, I only have cole slaw when eating out. This sounds yummy, but I'm too lazy these days, to make my own!! Voted Up & useful

      Wishing you and yours a "Happy Easter," Susan!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      agapsikap, Thanks!

      Natasha, Same here.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I really prefer slaw without mayo. I don't particularly like mayonnaise at all!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Yummy coleslaw!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, I appreciate you stopping by even though you dislike coleslaw :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tammy, I don't care for the mayo coleslaw either. Let me know if you try it this way and what you think of it. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, you have no idea how much I detest coleslaw; having said that, I admire you as a writer and will support you no matter what you write. I'm sure this is a fabulous recipe!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is coleslaw I can actually eat. I am not a fan of thick mayonaise based coleslaw. But peanut butter on cabbage? I have never, ever heard of that. Could be great- peanut butter is great on celery. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, I've never tried cumin in coleslaw. Let me know how that tastes. If cabbage give you gas drop a few seeds in the pot when cooking cabbage.

      Brian, Thank you so much!

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      Yours is the only house in Canada I want to stay. You are such a talented cook and such a lovely person to know. I love this and and everything you do, well done :) Voted up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This has made me think it’s time I made coleslaw again. I love, it but we to through phases of using it and then forget for a while. I didn’t know that cumin seeds were good for relieving gas - I knew about caraway, but I think cumin would go better with coleslaw so will give that a try. Thanks for the useful information.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We eat it all the time on hot dogs and brats :) Thanks.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Im making Gumbo now and I don't even feel like eating it:( the downfall to pre-planning meals. This slaw would be great on brats or hot dogs with steak fries - now that sounds good;)

      I also like how you did the layout on this page too;)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      toknowinfo let me know how you like it.

      katrinasui thanks you are gr8 too.

      RH Your cabbage rolls sound good with the Swiss cheese topping. Now I am hungry :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is great - I can't stand mayo in anything. Or it has to be really buried and an unidentifiable taste. Eewww. But I was looking for a vinegar based slaw last summer and didn't find a good one. This looks perfect and I like the idea of the seasonings you suggested too.

      I make cabbage rolls with burger - tomato sauce and rice as the main ingredients. Then I top the rolls with more sauce and Swiss cheese. Thanks for reminding me of that:)

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Susan you are gr8.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      This recipe sounds really delicious. Thanks for sharing it. I will be trying it soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks everyone! Very easy to make and tastes great.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Great recipe. I can't wait to try it. I love coleslaw and I am always looking for a new way to make it. Cabbage is so much more nutritious than lettuce, so I always use it to make salads.

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      Gigi Thibodeau 7 years ago

      Yum! With spring coming, I'm back in the mood for coleslaw, and this looks delicious.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your recipe sounds great. I'll have to try it.

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      Kathy 7 years ago from California

      Sounds REALLY good Susan-I love reading recipes for inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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      Margaret Minnicks 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I think even I could make that. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for that easy recipe.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Sounds wonderful and defiantly something I wil be trying... Great Hub

      Blessings from Alberta

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      Susan Kaul 7 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      My husband's favorite food is coleslaw and baked beans. Great recipe. Thanks

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sounds great!