A bowl of gourmet coleslaw

Coleslaw, sometimes simply called slaw in some American dialects, is a salad consisting primarily of shredded raw cabbage.[1] It may also include shredded carrots and other ingredients such as fruits and vegetables, apples, onions, green onions, peppers and various spices.



The term "coleslaw" arose in the 18th century as an Anglicisation of the Dutch term "koolsla", a shortening of "koolsalade", which means "cabbage salad".[2] It is originally from Ireland and was made at the end of the month from leftover vegetables and cream.


Pulled pork sandwich served with a side of Coleslaw.
Closeup of Kentucky Fried Chicken's coleslaw

There are many variations of the recipe which include the addition of other ingredients, such as red cabbage, pepper, onion, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple, mixed with a salad dressing such as mayonnaise. In the U.S. coleslaw often also contains buttermilk or mayonnaise substitutes, and carrot; although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard or vinegar are also common. Barbecue slaw, also known as red slaw and commonly found in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, is made using ketchup and vinegar rather than mayonnaise.[3]

A variety of seasonings, such as celery seed, may be added. The cabbage may come in finely minced pieces, shredded strips, or small squares.

Coleslaw is generally eaten as a side dish with foods such as barbecue, French fries, and fried chicken. It may also be used as a sandwich ingredient, placed on barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs along with chili and hot mustard. It is sometimes seen in delicatessens on variants of the Reuben sandwich - with coleslaw substituting for the sauerkraut and dressing, the meat being either pastrami or corned beef, and the sandwich commonly called "Rachel" instead of "Reuben" (also simply "Corned Beef Special"[citation needed]). A variation of coleslaw made with vinegar and oil is often served with pizza in Sweden.[4]

A variation of coleslaw, cheese savoury, is popular in the northeast of England. It includes cheese, onion, and has salad cream instead of mayonnaise. Another variant, broccoli slaw, uses shredded raw broccoli in place of the cabbage.

See also

Other slaws and similar dishes:


  1. ^ "Coleslaw." (definition.) Accessed August 2011.
  2. ^ Perelman, Deb. (2007-08-08) "Coleslaw: You Could Be a Star". NPR, Accessed 2009-06-24.
  3. ^ ABC News, (2009-06-05). Coleslaw is also a traditional AVEN member. "Lexington Red Slaw" WLS-TV/DT Chicago, IL. Accessed 2009-06-24.
  4. ^ "Classic Swedish Pizza Salad." Accessed August 2011.

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  • Coleslaw — Cole slaw , n. [D. kool slaa cabbage salad.] A salad made of sliced cabbage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coleslaw — also cole slaw, cole slaw, 1794, Amer.Eng., partial translation of Du. koolsla, from kool cabbage (see COLE (Cf. cole)) + sla salad (see SLAW (Cf. slaw)). Commonly cold slaw in English until 1860s, when M.E. COLE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • coleslaw — is spelt cole , not cold . This element is from Dutch kool ‘cabbage’ …   Modern English usage

  • coleslaw — ► NOUN ▪ a salad dish of shredded raw cabbage and carrots mixed with mayonnaise. ORIGIN Dutch koolsla, from kool cabbage + sla salad …   English terms dictionary

  • coleslaw — ☆ coleslaw [kōl′slô΄ ] n. [< Du kool, cabbage (akin to COLE) + sla, for salade, salad] a salad made of shredded raw cabbage, often mixed with salad dressing and seasoning: also cole slaw …   English World dictionary

  • Coleslaw — Krautsalat ist ein Salat, der meist aus Weißkohl, seltener aus Rotkohl zubereitet wird. Er kann sowohl warm als auch kalt zubereitet werden. Als eine der ältesten Kulturpflanzen in Europa gab es Salat aus Weißkohl vermutlich schon bei den Römern …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coleslaw — Un bol de coleslaw. Pollo Barberton servido con Coleslaw …   Wikipedia Español

  • Coleslaw — Le Coleslaw (appelée simplement salade de chou au Québec et au Nouveau Brunswick) est une salade, populaire en Amérique du Nord, consistant principalement de chou cru râpé. Il inclut communément aussi des carottes râpées et des oignons. Il existe …   Wikipédia en Français

  • coleslaw — [18] Cole is an ancient and now little used English word for plants of the cabbage family, such as cabbage or rape (it comes ultimately from Latin caulis ‘cabbage’, whose underlying meaning was ‘hollow stem’ – see CAULIFLOWER). It was used in the …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • coleslaw — [[t]ko͟ʊlslɔː[/t]] N UNCOUNT Coleslaw is a salad of chopped raw cabbage, carrots, onions, and sometimes other vegetables, usually with mayonnaise …   English dictionary

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