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Homemade Slaw from Scratch, Best of Mom’s Recipes, Sweet!


Slaw or Cold Slaw aw we referred to it when I was a young child is one of the best of the best side dishes with burgers, shredded pork, etc.  Most any sandwich or meal is complimented with this wonderful dish. 

When I lived in the South, Gainesville Georgia, I ate slaw burgers regularly.  Just in case you don't know what a slaw burger is, it is a burger served with slaw made with tomatoes and onions in it and the burger is topped off with the slaw instead if the regular condiments. 

Very much like the one below except in some cases they leave off the tomatoes.

There are many, many ways to make slaw. Some will be sweeter than others or maybe a little drier.  Depending on the region or area can sometimes make a difference in how it is prepared. 

We make it like most folks here in what we call the south make it I think. 

Earlier, I mentioned that I lived in the South, Gainesville Georgia. The reason I say that, most of my friends from there accused me of being from the North! I was born and raised in Southeastern Ky and moved to Georgia from there. Somehow, the folks from Georgia considered me a Northerner! Go figure!  They said my speech betrayed me!  That is so funny! 

Most people I meet in this area say I have a distinctive southern/country accent!  Who knows?  

I guess depending on where you are from depends on where others are from? North ,South, East, West! 

First thing First!

You will need a bowl that will hold at least 2 quarts to mix in and we actually leave it in our mixing bowl to serve out of.

I use a regular wooden spoon to stir with as it seems to be a good size and stiff so it cuts through the slaw to get a good mix.

So, lets get on to the Homemade Slaw Recipe

  1. 14 ounces of coleslaw mix with red cabbage and carrots. (I shredded my own so I didn't have the red cabbage)

  2. 1/2 Cup of mayonnaise.

  3. 2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar.

  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice.

  5. 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

  6. 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt.

Mix well and allow to chill in the fridge before serving. To me and my family, it always taste better when cold.

Here is the grand this about this recipe.

If you shred your own and get more than 14 oz as I did, you can adjust your ingredients to match your cabbage amount.

Always start with the 1 tablespoon of vinegar though. It is easier to add a little at a time than throw out!!

I used the same amount of everything except the sugar (added 1 teaspoon) and mayonnaise (added until it looked right)  in mine and it worked out great.  

When adding extra mayonnaise, be sure to mix well after each addition so you don't get it too soupy!

Summertime Slaw

Summertime is a great time to make coleslaw. The garden vegetables are in season and there is just not much better than fresh veggies in a slaw!

When making slaw from garden vegetables, we use:

 Fresh garden tomatoes diced.

Fresh Green or other pepper of our choice.

Fresh onions.

The limit of ingredients are wonderful with fresh garden vegetables so, go all out and let us know what your favorite ingredients are!

This simple recipe for coleslaw only takes a few minutes to put together for those times you are pressed for time and will be a quick addition for burgers, shredded pork sandwiches, etc.

It takes a few more minutes to make a garden slaw but well worth the time as the flavors are just wonderful!

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