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old-fashioned coleslaw

Gram’s Coleslaw by Jennifer Hill Booker

Serves: 8

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1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar, plus more to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head green cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, peeled into thin ribbons (about 1 cup)
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)


In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, sugar and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots and onion. Add the dressing and stir well to coat all of the vegetables with the dressing. Chill at least 1 hour and serve cold.

Photo: Virginia Willis

About the recipe

When it comes time to plan recipes for summer potlucks and cookouts, leave the tubs of watery, bland coleslaw and dull potato salad in the cold case at the supermarket and try this old-fashioned coleslaw recipe from chef Jennifer Hill Booker. Our friend Virginia Willis adapted the recipe for Southern Kitchen.

Adapted from Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent by Jennifer Hill Booker. Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Hill Booker. Used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information please visit www.chefjenniferhillbooker.com.