Carolina Coleslaw is a southern recipe that is light and tangy because it does not have mayonnaise in it. Instead, it gets its flavor from apple cider vinegar, oil and Dijon mustard.
Carolina coleslaw goes well with BBQ chicken, ribs, burgers and other grilled picnic foods. I think it’s especially good when served with a slow-cooked pulled pork.
Sometimes you can stop by your local deli and buy a “summer slaw” made with apple cider vinegar that is very similar to this Caroline coleslaw recipe. But its better when from scratch!
When making this Carolina coleslaw recipe, here’s a few tips to make it come out the best ever.
First, soak the red onion in a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar for about fifteen minutes before slicing it. This will reduce the strong onion odor and also temper the flavor a bit so it’s milder.
If your kale is tough, you can make the leaves more tender by brushing them with a bit of olive oil, before adding them into the coleslaw. Be sure to use just the leaves and remove the stalks.
Also, the recipe calls for vegetable oil, but I prefer using a light virgin olive oil instead.
1 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 of a medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
3 Carrots, grated
4 large kale leaves, stalks removed, cut into thin strips
3/4 Cup of apple cider vinegar
1/2 Cup of white sugar
1/2 Cup of vegetable oil (or light virgin olive oil)
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 Teaspoons of celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the cabbage, red onion, white onion, carrots and kale leaves to a large glass bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Add the vinegar and sugar to a small saucepan set to medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar thoroughly dissolves. Remove from heat and whisk in the oil, mustard and celery seeds.
- While still warm, pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine thoroughly.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours before serving. If desired, season with additional salt and pepper before serving.