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Not Your Mothers Coleslaw


Upgrade Your Simple Coleslaw

When people hear of this dish, especially younger kids, they often say ‘Ew! Coleslaw?!’  I’ve seen many adults turn their noses to the dish too. But don’t worry.  This will beat both KFC’s version and your old recipe. Let’s bring a whole new flavor palate to cabbage. Because really, it is a perfectly respectable veggie.

This recipe actually comes from my grandma on my mom’s side.  She wasn’t afraid to add a little bacon to things. She also added apple cider vinegar, which not only has a lot of kick but also contains many health benefits.

In this modern spin on her recipe, I replace green cabbage with purple cabbage. Purple cabbage is more nutrient-dense than green cabbage.  Most dark-colored or reddish vegetable is (So the same goes for heirloom carrots, blue/ dark tomatoes, etc). Another reason to switch over to purple cabbage ( also known as blaukraut)  is that it looks gorgeous!  When it comes to hosting for dinner, looks are everything. Now, let’s get started:

Not Your Mothers Coleslaw

This bright side dish will make your taste buds ecstatic. This coleslaw is a far cry from adding some mayo to a pre-shredded mix.  It’s easy to make, so be sure to save this recipe for later!



Aleah Fitzwater
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup miracle whip
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp bacon bits
  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 1 carrot


  • If you don’t have any bacon cooked up yet, be sure to do so. (If you took the easy route by buying bacon bits in a jar, continue on!) For this recipe we want it cooked to a crisp.  Fry your bacon in a nonstick skillet, until the edge looks dark and caramelized.  Drain on a paper towel and allow to cool.
  • Mix the Miracle Whip, sugar, and apple cider vinegar in a bowl with a whisk.  Be sure to whip it thoroughly, so that no grains of sugar remain.  
  • Grate one medium carrot and approximately 3 cups of cabbage.  The amount of cabbage you’ll want to use will depend on how much dressing you like on your slaw.
  • Stir the dressing into the grated carrot and cabbage mixture.
  • Let the coleslaw rest in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow all the goodness to soak in.
  • Top with bacon bits,  then enjoy!

How Long Does it Keep?

 You can make the dressing for the coleslaw up to two or three days in advance, and then toss it the day you plan to eat it.  It keeps for about two days after it’s made.  Longer than this won’t hurt you, but the cabbage with probably gets a little soggy, so be sure to eat it up sooner rather than later!

Try this dish with barbequed pork, burgers, or fish!  The brightness of this side will make everything else shine.

KEYWORD Side dishes, Coleslaw?

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