Coleslaw from the Dutch term koolsla meaning 'cabbage salad' , also known as cole slaw or simply slaw , is a side dish consisting primarily of finely shredded raw cabbage  with a salad dressing , commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise. Coleslaw prepared with vinaigrette may benefit from the long lifespan granted by pickling. The term "coleslaw" arose in the 18th century as an anglicisation of the Dutch term "koolsla" "kool" in Dutch sounds like "cole" meaning "cabbage salad". The recipe book The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and New World contains a recipe attributed to the author's Dutch landlady, who mixed thin strips of cabbage with melted butter, vinegar, and oil. The recipe for coleslaw as it is most commonly prepared is fairly young, as mayonnaise was invented during the midth century. According to The Joy of Cooking , raw cabbage is the only entirely consistent ingredient in coleslaw; the type of cabbage, dressing, and added ingredients vary widely.
Amazing Asian Coleslaw is a crunchy blend of cabbage with ramen noodles topped with a tasty sweet and sour sesame dressing. Coleslaw means one thing to my guys … that we are grilling out. The sauce is sweet and sour, not mayonnaise based so it will be okay to withstand the heat outside a little longer than the regular, mayonnaise based coleslaw. My boys loved it even when they were kids! This Asian Coleslaw has so much flavor, and the crunch from the crumbled ramen noodles gives it so much texture. Just pack it up in a Chiller Bowl and you can keep the coleslaw cold for hours! You have to taste this to understand just how amazingly delicious it really is!
This side-dish salad tastes great with burgers or pulled pork sandwiches. Or you can toss the slaw with shredded chicken or chopped cooked ham for a main-dish salad. For dressing: In a screw-top jar, combine vinegar, canola oil, sugar, toasted sesame oil if using , ginger, dry mustard, salt and crushed red pepper.
This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, read my disclosure policy here. Coleslaw is a summer staple at every summer picnic and gathering. Some are tangy, some are sweet and some have the peppery bite of horseradish.