Home Made Coleslaw

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Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

It seems like it was just yesterday that we planted our cabbages in our straw bale garden. It is now almost mid-September and we are ready to harvest. We have had so much great food from the garden this year! Now, we are trying to do something a little new with this homemade coleslaw recipe.
Coleslaw is a good side to so many recipes. From chicken to smoked meats and burgers, coleslaw can be added as a side to lighten up a meal or add as a condiment. This coleslaw recipe below is one you can quickly and easily do with any cabbage, but today we are pulling one from our garden.

Coleslaw Is a Great Side Dish

Today we took one of our heads of cabbage to make a homemade coleslaw. I’ve paired this great side dish for our Cast Iron Chicken, Zucchini Chicken Burgers, and other grilled meats like our Smoked Turkey Breast on the Treager 321 Ribs, Grilled Chicken Wings and even in sandwiches like a pulled pork brisket or cheeseburger. The purple from the cabbage in this recipe will help make any meal pop with color and freshness.

In the garden, the cabbage plants look like the one shown below. These were grown out of the sides of the straw bales and the heads are the size of small basketballs. The top layer of leaves was removed to make the cabbage as you see it above. One cool think about the straw bale gardens is that you can, in fact, grow many plants our the side of the bales. This gives your garden added square feet to plant in.

garden cabbage

How To Make Coleslaw

Start by preparing the cabbage. We cut it with a sharp knife in the garden and brought the plant into the kitchen. Then we cut off the head and peeled off the outermost layer of leaves to reveal this beautiful purple head of cabbage.

Once it is removed, you basically just chop it up and throw it into a bowl and add a coleslaw dressing. I’ll show you how to make that below:

How To Make Coleslaw Dressing

To make the coleslaw dressing, you will need to gather a few ingredients together into a bowl before tossing it with your cabbage.

Home Made Coleslaw Dressing

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time


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  • 1/6 cup buttermilk
  • 1/6  cup mayo
  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Splash of vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 head of cabbage or one bag of shredded cabbage


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour over and toss into chopped cabbage and serve cold.
  3. Refrigerate after making to keep it fresh.

Cooking Homemade is great. If you want more ideas, please check out these another fresh from the garden, homemade, and preserved recipes:



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