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One of the best Coleslaw recipes around! Simple and delicious!

At our house, we often eat seafood (one of the many benefits of living near the coast) and this coleslaw recipe is the perfect accompaniment to a fish dinner – plus it’s so easy to make!

This is a recipe that my husband Jack has perfected over the years.  The combination of seasonings (including his secret ingredient – Colman’s powdered mustard) added to the mayonnaise, plus a touch of sugar for sweetness gives this coleslaw that perfect balance of flavors.

Although we most often eat this with seafood, this coleslaw also works really well on a pulled pork or Rueben sandwich.  Also, we shred our own cabbage and carrots for this dish, but if you’re in a rush and want to use the pre-shredded cabbage mix you can find in some supermarket produce sections – go right ahead.  The dressing will work just as well on the pre-shredded mix – just be sure to adjust the quantity of dressing accordingly based on the size of the bag.

One of the best Coleslaw recipes around! Simple and delicious!

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Coleslaw - A Family Feast


  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 6 cups shaved green cabbage
  • 1 medium peeled and shredded carrot
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Colman’s powdered mustard
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Shave cabbage by hand as thinly as possible. Add shredded carrot.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients.
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the cabbage and carrots.
  4. Let sit in the refrigerator for one hour to incorporate flavors, then mix again and serve.
  5. If the coleslaw mixture is too watery after sitting, drain slightly before serving.

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  • Ann Gardiner-Cobb wrote:

    I love all your recipes!
    Please publish cookbooks, with spiral backing, so I can cutdown on “printing” and sorting paper. Please help. I am getting too old😂 for the recipe, paper shuffle dance.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ann…maybe someday we’ll write a cookbook! 🙂

  • Cutter wrote:

    Whilst I prefer oil and vinegar coleslaw I do like a good creamy coleslaw on ocassion and this recipe is definitely the best I’ve found. Thanks muchly for this and many of your other amazing recipes. Great site!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks very much Cutter!

  • TahoeMama wrote:

    This is my go to recipe for coleslaw. I made it again last night to go with smoked pulled pork, which was our first try with our new electric smoker. I didn’t have celery salt or poppy seeds, so I substituted in Kosher salt and toasted sesame seeds. Everything turned out great!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you are enjoying the recipe!

  • Marie D Jones wrote:

    I love to do new things the food look very good l am going to try some of these .

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Marie – we hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Audrey wrote:

    Where do you get Coleman mustard?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Audrey – you can find it in the spice aisle at your local supermarket – it is in a small square yellow can. Hope that helps!

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  • Tessa wrote:

    Found your recipe and decided to give it a try. My husband loved it! Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Tessa!

  • Suze wrote:

    What is sprinkled on top? Look terrific and oh so tasty.

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Thanks! Those are poppy seeds!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone wrote:

    Good morning, Martha! Just saw this on your FB page…had to stop by and say how great it looks! I need a good coleslaw recipe, something I have never been able accomplish!! Thanks for sharing!

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