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Making your own coleslaw

Making your own coleslaw |

I did promise right… So here is the recipe for this delicious coleslaw. The funny thing is that I was always kind of convinced that coleslaw came from the states. Just because it is so common there and is served by virtually everything and it is a classic BBQ dish. So imagine my surprise when I found out that coleslaw is – in fact – a Dutch invention! (ok well invention is maybe a big worth for a simple salad but still)

The word ‘cole’ is actually not a real word in English anyway, at least not in the sense of the meaning here (as it would be cabbage instead) so the word coleslaw is a quite literal translation of koolsla, as it is is called in Holland. Which goes to show that there is so much we take for granted which then turns out to be quite different.

But whereever it comes from; this is a delicious variation to the theme. And there are as many variations as there are ways to write coleslaw (uh..) And that makes sense as the ingredients are easy for creative interpretation. And I like this one best!

Making coleslaw

Know that just one cabbage will make an enormous batch of coleslaw!


  • 1 witte cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • handful of raisins
  • Dressing
  • mayonaise
  • apple vinegar
  • pepper
  • salt
  • anisseed


  1. Cut the cabbage finely or grate in a foodprocessor. Grate the carrots as wel. Add the vegetables together in a large bowl and add the raisins.
  2. Make a large qty of dressing with the given ingredients and taste in between. The exact qty is depending on your taste, but if you start first with the amount of mayo you think you need you can build on that and add vinegar bit by bit till it is to your liking.
  3. This salad is best if you make it a day before you're gonna eat and leave to sit in the fridge overnight

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Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer

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