Grandma’s Coleslaw

Are you looking for a coleslaw recipe just like grandma used to make? Well, look no further…this slaw has ” just the right” amount of mayo, vinegar, and sugar to please the harshest connoisseur . It’s also the perfect addition to a backyard barbecue!

In a food processor, throw in your carrot, onion and celery.

Give it a whirl, like so…Then, scoop out the mixture and place it in a large bowl.

 Add 1/2 a head of cabbage cut into chunks. Process and place in the bowl with the carrot mixture. Then, add the other 1/2 a head cut into chunks, process and place into bowl. 

Mix it all together.

In a medium bowl whisk together mayo, milk, white vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper.

Pour over cabbage mixture and stir well.

Garnish with a little paprika and there you have it! YUM! Just like grandma used to make!

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Grandma's Coleslaw
Serves: 8
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  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into chunks
  • ¼ of an onion
  • 1 stalk of celery cut in half
  • 1 head of cabbage cut in half {then into chunks for easier processing}
  • ¾ cup mayonaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • paprika for garnish
  1. Process carrot, celery and onion together in a food processor and place in a large bowl.
  2. Process chunks of cabbage in 2 batches and add that to your carrot mixture.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together mayo, milk vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over cabbage mixture and stir well.
  4. Garnish with paprika.



  1. Charlotte Moore says:

    My mother always put vinegar and sugar in her slaw. I never have been able to tolerate those two ingredients in my slaw. Just mayo, salt, and pepper or seasoning salt is all I like. She also put sugar in all her veggies when she cooked them. Not for me. If I eat sugar let it be in dessert. Hahahaha!!!

  2. Yum! I am writing this down to try the next time I make slaw. Will probably have to put celery seed in it. It must be psychological for me that it doesn’t seem like coleslaw. Plus, I somehow have 3 bottles of it right now so this will help me get rid of some! 😉

  3. I can’t wait to try this. I love sweet, tangy, and creamy coleslaw. I’ve never used onion in cole slaw, but I bet it will be yummy.

  4. Your Grandma’s Coleslaw sounds delicious – my late Mom always put vinegar in her coleslaw too. I like that this version is made in the food processor, and also the addition of the milk.

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  6. Now that is the cole slaw I remember. Thanks a million


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