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Friday, June 22

Quick and Sweet Coleslaw


First off, have you tried my favorite sandwich ever yet? It’s the Rachel. It’s the best. And if you haven’t tried it, hop to it, already!

My apologies for this incredibly boring photo of my incredibly non-boring favorite sandwich. I’ll be honest. I just wanted to eat it when I was shooting it, so I didn’t really care how the picture came out!

As we all know, the apple does not usually fall far from the tree. Cate is also a big fan of the Rachel and requested it this week when she planned our weekly menu.

One of the toppings for the Rachel sandwich is coleslaw. I usually just grab one of those coleslaw kits with the dressing already made in a packet. Those darn kits cost way more than the bags of plain cabbage and they don’t make that much coleslaw. BUT…my girls love that coleslaw. And, sadly, whenever I try  making homemade coleslaw, they won’t eat it. Little stinkers.

Wellllll…this week I grabbed the wrong bag of coleslaw and ended up with dressing-less cabbage. What is a girl to do? Why, do an Internet search for “sweet homemade coleslaw dressing” of course! AND…

Success! This totally sweet, really easy dressing was yummy and the girls loved it. And I can see why…hello, sugar! Holy cow. I believe I discovered the secret to that prepared coleslaw mix. Sugar. Evil evil sugar.

Like I said, this recipe is easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. However, you do need to plan ahead so the dressing can sit, allowing the sugar to fully dissolve.

Quick and Sweet Coleslaw
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Simple and sweet, this recipe is adapted from a recipe on AllRecipes
  • 1 16-ounce bag shredded coleslaw mix
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Mix all ingredients except the cabbage. Whisk well and let sit for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Combine dressing with coleslaw mix. Enjoy!



  1. 1

    I use honey instead of sugar in my coleslaw mix and I add an apple for extra crunch

  2. i love coleslaw…haven’t made it in awhile, so thanks for the idea!

    • Jane Maynard

      it’s funny, I married a coleslaw lover and my kids have inherited his genes…I’ve never been much of a fan, but my appreciation and enjoyment has definitely grown over the years. and I’m glad! it is in fact delicious! :)

      you’re welcome for the idea, btw :)

  3. 3
    Megan Flowers

    I hated coleslaw growing up, but now I LOVE it! Its so strange. The Whole Foods salad bar has a really awesome Asian coleslaw. I believe they puree the onion. It is so delicious. I have had it from a few different Whole Foods so if you see it at your local WF give it a try.

  4. 4

    I made the Rachel sandwiches from your site last week for dinner, loved them! Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. 5

    Love this recipe! Having it again tonight, along with your pulled pork recipe.

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