Recipe: Southern Slaw

I love a good summer cookout. Relaxing with friends in the backyard. Watching the kids run around laughing. Hunting for the perfect real estate that misses both the grilling smoke and the mosquitos. Then, having to move the chair five more times because no matter what, the dang smoke follows me. Some cold beer or a glass of sweet German Riesling makes for a perfect afternoon.


Here in the South you will be hard pressed to find a social gathering without a cole slaw. I know, I know… it needs to be refrigerated, but that doesn’t stop us from whipping up this classic side dish and keeping it chilled in the cooler.

There is something about the mayonnaisey goodness of a good cole slaw that makes us want to smather it on everything: hot dogs, pulled pork – bbq, our faces! Southern slaw is such a basic concept, yet everyone has their preference about the flavor. Some like a ton of mayo. Others like it sweet, runny or even peppered with horseradish. In our family, we make it mixed with dill pickles! That’s because I love both pickles and mayonnaise, so anytime I can mix them together – I’m in. If your family prefers a sweet slaw, the dill pickles can easily be substituted with a sweet pickle relish.

How do you like your slaw? We would love to hear what you do to jazz up this southern tradition.

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Southern Slaw Yum
A simple slaw recipe that gets better the longer the flavors mingle. Dill pickles add a flavorful twist to this southern side dish.
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1+ hours
Servings
1/2 cup servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1+ hours
Servings
1/2 cup servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Finely chop carrot, cabbages and dill pickles. Sprinkle mixture with salt and let rest while preparing dressing.
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, pepper, pickle juice and sugar.
  3. Toss shredded cabbage mixture and dressing together. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Recipe Notes

Use bagged coleslaw mix to avoid having to shred vegetables yourself.

For a sweeter version, use sweet pickle relish instead of chopped dill pickles.

Serve with Southern Pulled Pork for a summertime treat.

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