Restaurant Style Coleslaw

My sister recently called me asking for my coleslaw recipe. I told her it was on my site, but she could not find it.

Well, it turns out it was not on my site, which I could not believe.This dish makes a regular appearance at our house, and yet I have never put it on my site. So, I decided that it was time to share this recipe with you.

Growing up we did not eat a lot of coleslaw. In fact, I can only remember eating it a few times.

Then I moved to Oklahoma, where coleslaw makes a regular appearance at picnics, restaurants, church dinners, and potlucks. In this part of the country, it is just not a summertime meal or barbecue without coleslaw.

So, I learned to make coleslaw. The trouble is my husband does not like mayonnaise, nor does he like Miracle Whip. So, I have had to tweak and adjust recipes to find something that we both like.

My solution has been buttermilk. I use part mayonnaise and part buttermilk. The buttermilk gives the coleslaw a nice texture and a little tang that is perfect.

One thing to remember when making coleslaw is that cabbage weeps. It may start out looking a bit dry, but if you let it sit it will moistens up. I usually make this a few hours before I am serving it. If you make it the texture you want right away, it will become very liquidy in a short time. So, avoid the temptation to add more mayonnaise or buttermilk to it.

This post linked to Delicious Dishes.

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  1. YUM!! We add a small can of chopped pineapple to our coleslaw addiing the liquid of the can into the dressing mixture. It is a regular on our family menu

  2. FoodontheTable says:

    Great recipe! I like the idea of using buttermilk. Good substitute thinking.

  3. What a great idea to use buttermilk in your coleslaw (which looks delicious by the way) – it makes it healthier too!

  4. I’m right with your husband, I cannot stand mayo, but it’s tolerable as a dressing. This looks great.

  5. Liz@Its A Blog Party says:

    Sounds tasty!
    Thanks for linking up!

  6. jeanette says:

    looks good, i add finely chopped onion to mine

  7. How much mayo do you put in if you don’t have any buttermilk? Looks very good!

  8. I am so glad that I found this recipe. I am so glad that you posted it. I do not like mayo either, so I am excited to give this a try. It’s hard to find a good slaw recipe for the non-mayo lovers. Thank you.

  9. What type of mayo do you use ??

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