When it comes to beloved side dishes this type of Southern Style Cole Slaw is a shoe-in. You can whip-up a batch in no time flat, and the uses for it are endless. Enjoy it on hot dogs, with beef or pork barbecue, Southern fried chicken or as the side kick for a simple bowl of pinto beans and cornbread.
Southern Style Cole Slaw Recipe
Cole slaw is one of those simple side dishes that goes with so many entrees. In North Carolina, we love our Carolina red slaw which features a tangy tomato vinegar based dressing. It's most often served with Lexington style pulled pork barbecue famous for it's vinegar mopping sauce. Mayonnaise dressed cole slaw is classic, and the dressing for this is made from scratch.
What is Southern Style Cole Slaw?
To make this slaw, the cabbage and carrots are chopped rather than shredded, think Chick-fil-A style cole slaw. It's a style that's commonly found in the South, and can be done quite easily using a food processor. If you're fortunate enough to have it already chopped and available in the produce department of your local grocery store, even better, you'll have a little less prep time.
How to Make Southern Style Cole Slaw
- Due to the fact that the dressing is homemade, you can adjust the salt and seasonings to your taste, should you desire to do so.
- In place of lemon pepper, you can use a splash of fresh lemon juice and plain black pepper to taste.
- You can also use a sugar free alternative to sweeten the dressing. Granulated sugar substitutes such as Swerve (affiliate) or Splenda work well and keep this in the lower carb category, too.
- I highly recommend using buttermilk but, if you don't have any, whole milk will work in a pinch.
- Can you make your own buttermilk? Yes, you can! To do so to every one cup of whole milk, add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or white distilled vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir and proceed with the recipe as written.
- What do I do if the dressing becomes runny after the cole slaw sits? This can naturalay happen of cole slaw as the cabbage releases the juice into the cole slaw. Don't fret, you can usually drain it off carefully and then give the salad a good stir.
- This cole slaw needs to chill for at least 6 hours prior to serving to give the flavors time to marry. If you have time, overnight is even better.
- This cole slaw is a delicious choice to serve alongside many Southern comfort food favorites. It's a natural fit for dishes such as Southern fried chicken, homestyle Southern meatloaf, pinto beans and cornbread and beer battered fish.
- You may also like this recipe for Purple Cabbage Slaw from Self Proclaimed Foodie.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Southern Style Cole Slaw
- 1 medium head green cabbage (about 2-3 lbs) cored and chopped
- 1 medium carrot chopped
- 3 medium green onions chopped
- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar (Or, equivalent of sugar free sweetener)
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon celery seeds
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper (may use black pepper and fresh lemon juice)
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- In a large mixing bowl, toss together cabbage, carrot and green onion.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, buttermilk, vinegar, salt, celery seeds, lemon pepper, onion powder, garlic and mustard.
- Pour dressing over cabbage, mix until fully blended.
- Chill in an airtight container for at least 6 hours prior to serving garnished with green onion and additional celery seeds, if desired.