Church Supper Coleslaw

A classic coleslaw! Try our favorite version of the traditional summer side salad made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a seasoned mayo dressing.

By Yankee Magazine

Jul 27 2022


Homemade coleslaw — the classic summer side salad.

Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey

The word coleslaw comes from the Dutch, koolsla, meaning cabbage salad. This version, studded with carrots and celery, is a New England church supper crowd-pleaser. You can switch it up by adding raisins, chopped nuts, or bits of fruit, such as apple or pineapple.

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12 servings


6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1 medium-size onion, chopped
1 cup diced celery
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon celery seeds
Cherry tomatoes (optional)


Toss the cabbage, carrot, green pepper, onion, and celery. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard, and celery seeds and mix thoroughly. Toss the dressing lightly with the vegetables. Chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Place cherry tomatoes around the edge of a serving bowl, if desired.

Note: You can easily substitute heavy cream, sour cream, or plain yogurt for part of the mayonnaise.