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Grandma's Recipes One By One!

Cabbage Slaw

on June 9, 2014

The recipe today is from another of Grandma’s sisters. It’s a recipe for a classic picnic dish. This Cabbage Slaw will get you through the summer and into the fall with its ability to be served with just about anything. Grandma and her sisters sure could cook! These recipes are all so good and so easy. Time was of the essence in the 1930’s when they were young and starting their families. They had to do everything “from scratch”, so I’m sure when convenience foods came along, they were all for it. They also made only the best. I know that’s why the recipes that remained in Grandma’s file are the ones that are marked “V Good” or are just really good. Why bother with recipes that aren’t?


This picture is of Grandma’s family – she’s second from the right. It must have been a special occasion of some kind because they’re all dressed up. For the longest time I kept thinking that they were in California because those trees behind them reminded me of palm trees. This photo was just taken at their home farm. They all look so great!

Cabbage Slaw

This salad is so pretty and it makes a big batch.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Cabbage Slaw


2 cups white sugar

1 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)

1/2 cup water

Boil for 5 minutes.


Shred 1 large head cabbage.

Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon salt over cabbage.

Let stand for 1 hour.


2 medium red peppers, chopped (I used 1 red and 1 orange)

2 medium green peppers, chopped

1/2 bunch celery, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed

1 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Add cooled vinegar mixture and mix well.



The ingredients for this slaw are so pretty and fresh.


You can absolutely use a food processor to shred the cabbage but I used a knife.


The dressing has a sweet and sour thing going on.


This slaw is great for any occasion and goes with any kind of picnic food.

It’s turned into one of my family’s favorites.

You’ll love it!




2 responses to “Cabbage Slaw

  1. […] Today’s recipe for Frozen Cole Slaw is an interesting one. I have never heard of anyone freezing cole slaw. It would never even enter my mind that this would be possible. I can’t wait to find out how it comes out! This recipe is very similar to a recipe I had in a post from last summer called Cabbage Slaw. […]

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