Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe.  The BEST homemade coleslaw recipe EVER!  Sweet but not too sweet, a little creamy, a little tangy, and a little kick for good measure!  YUM! #recipe #coleslawI don’t know how it works in your house, but around here, as soon as the weather starts to warm up, we start grilling as much as possible!  Our favorite grill fare (by far!) is a good old fashioned cheeseburger (or veggie burger, as the case may be), and to me nothing goes better with a home-grilled burger than made-from-scratch coleslaw.

I know coleslaw can be a pretty controversial–and highly subjective–topic.  Some people prefer a creamy mayo-based dressing, while others insist the only way to eat coleslaw is with a vinegar base.  And then there is the  sweet versus sour camps….it is almost enough to make your head spin!  Personally I like a little bit of everything, which is why to me this is the perfect coleslaw recipe.  Sweet but not too sweet, creamy and tangy, with a nice little kick for good measure.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Here is what you need:

1 large cabbage, cut into thirds & core removed
2 large peeled carrots
1/2 medium sweet onion
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt


Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 1:  Cut two of the cabbage thirds, onion and carrots into large chunks and place in 12-cup food processor.  (Note:  If you do not have a food processor you can shred the cabbage & carrots by hand.  It will take longer but taste just as good!)

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 2:  Pulse in food processor until carrots & cabbage are both chopped into small pieces.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 3:  Chop remaining cabbage into larger pieces.  Blend all cabbage together in a large bowl.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 4:  Whisk together mayonnaise, mustards, vinegar, sugar, peppers, & salt in small bowl until smooth.  Add more or less cayenne to taste.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 5:  Pour dressing over cabbage mixture.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 6:  Mix well until all cabbage is well coated.  Refrigerate at least one hour to let flavors blend.

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw Recipe.  The BEST homemade coleslaw recipe EVER!  Sweet but not too sweet, a little creamy, a little tangy, and a little kick for good measure!  YUM! #recipe #coleslaw

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So where do you stand in the coleslaw battle?  Do you prefer it sweet or spicy? creamy or tangy?  Homemade or store-bought? 

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  • Bonnie Todd April 24,

    I love coleslaw! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

  • Paula April 24,

    Personally I’m a tangy-vinegar kind-of gal, but this actually looks pretty good. Out of curiosity, why do you chop some of the cabbage and put the rest in the food processor?

  • maddy May 8,

    I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC. I “cheated” and used a packaged coleslaw mix to speed things up a bit. :) This will now become my standard recipe from now on. Many thanks!

  • Carole May 21,

    Ruth, just lovely. It would be great if you linked in to Food on Friday: Cauliflower & Cabbage. The showcases from this Food on Friday have not yet been selected. This link will take you to my home page where you will find a sidebar with links to all the different Food on Fridays. So that I know you have linked and can be sure to pin to the board I have for each one, please do leave a short comment. Cheers

  • Anonymous June 13,

    Hubby and I loved it, but, thought it was a touch too sweet. Next time I’ll cut back on the sugar a little.

  • Anna November 30,

    Found this through Pinterest. The slaw was great! We made it for Thanksgiving to go with ribs (we aren’t Turkey fans) and my husband who is a coleslaw addict says to add it to our recipe collection to make again. So thanks!


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