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🥗 Traditional Southern Coleslaw Recipe

Looking for a classic Southern coleslaw recipe? Try this Traditional Southern Coleslaw recipe from Grits N Grace. Perfect for BBQs and fried chicken!

Traditional Southern Coleslaw

You will need:

  • shredded green cabbage1 medium head green cabbage, finely shredded
  • shredded carrots2 large carrots, finely shredded
  • mayonnaise1 cup mayonnaise
  • apple cider vinegar2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • granulated sugar1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • celery seed1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • salt and pepperSalt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by shredding the cabbage and carrots, and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, and celery seed. Mix until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the shredded vegetables.
  4. Toss everything together until the cabbage and carrots are fully coated in the dressing.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to meld together.


This coleslaw is a classic Southern side dish, perfect for pairing with BBQ, fried chicken, or any other hearty Southern main. For best results, make it a day ahead to really let the flavors soak in.

There's something incredibly comforting about a dish that's been passed down through generations, and our Traditional Southern Coleslaw is no exception. This classic Southern side dish carries with it the warmth of family gatherings, the laughter at summer barbecues, and the comfort of home-cooked meals. It's more than just a recipe; it's a part of our Southern heritage.

With its refreshing crunch and tangy dressing, this coleslaw is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of Southern dishes. Whether you're serving up Traditional Southern Chicken and Rice or enjoying a hearty BBQ, this coleslaw is sure to elevate your meal. It's a testament to the art of Southern comfort cooking, where even the simplest ingredients can be transformed into a dish that's bursting with flavor.

But what makes this coleslaw truly Southern? It's all in the details. The finely shredded cabbage and carrots, the creamy mayonnaise, the splash of apple cider vinegar for that hint of tanginess, and the subtle crunch of celery seed. And let's not forget the seasoning - a simple yet effective combination of salt and pepper that brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables.

And while this coleslaw is perfect as it is, don't be afraid to put your own spin on it. After all, that's the beauty of Southern cuisine - it's all about making the dish your own. So go ahead, add a touch of your favorite herbs or a dash of your secret ingredient. Just remember to let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a coleslaw that's rich, creamy, and oh-so-delicious.

Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, this Traditional Southern Coleslaw is a must-try. It's one of those essential Southern recipes that every cook should have in their repertoire. So go on, give it a try. We promise, it's worth every bite.