Coleslaw in bowl

Classic coleslaw

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins No cook


Serves 10

Make an easy classic coleslaw base then tailor it to your tastes. Apple and cheese work well, plus fennel, celeriac, raisins, spring onions or fresh herbs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal178
  • fat15g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 6 carrots, peeled



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 small white cabbage
  • large pinch, golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard (any you’ve got)



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • 200g mayonnaise
  • 1 red apple, cut into matchsticks (optional)
  • 100g cheddar, grated (optional)



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  1. Coarsely grate the carrot and finely shred the cabbage (use a food processor with a grating/ slicing blade or do it by hand) and tip into a bowl. Season with salt, then add the sugar and vinegar and toss everything together. Leave for 20 mins for the vegetables to very lightly pickle.

  2. Stir through the mustard and mayonnaise and add any other bits you want to, then serve. Can be made a day ahead and chilled.

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19th May, 2020
Fantastic! So easy, definitely a keeper! I added the apple and cheese as suggested and also some thinly sliced red onion, went down s storm thanks
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Sue Gilbert
26th Apr, 2020
Just tried with red cabbage and apple - worked really well - lovely with cold goose that we meant to have for the Easter celebration but nobody could come due to lockdown.
22nd Dec, 2018
Dead easy to make - I just stuck to the standard cabbage and carrot mix, much better than shop bought but be warned, it makes loads so its coleslaw with everything for the next few days!
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