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ICE BOX COLESLAW – The Southern Lady Cooks


This Icebox Coleslaw is vinegar-based, super easy to make, and will last a long time in the refrigerator. It’s a great summer treat!

Ice Box Coleslaw

If you love easy summer salads add this Easy Garden Coleslaw to your recipe list. It’s simple to make and one of our favorites.

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE

This ice box coleslaw is a tangy slaw that keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week or longer and goes great with just about any meal as a side dish. I love making this to go with baked beans on the 4th of July but it is good for any holiday.   Just because it keeps for so long is good because you have it on hand to go with sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers anytime.  Each time I make this slaw I have forgotten how much we enjoy it and I hope you do, too.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Large head of cabbage 
  • Red onion
  • Green pepper
  • Carrot
  • Celery seeds
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White granulated sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Oil
  • Dry mustard

SWAPS

You can use regular onion and sweet peppers (red, orange, yellow). This is a very versatile recipe.

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

The hardest part of this recipe is chopping up all the vegetables. If you have a chopper this will save you lots of time!

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Combine cabbage, onion, green pepper, carrot, celery seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Set aside.  

Step 2
Combine sugar, vinegar, oil and dry mustard in a saucepan and bring to a boil on top of the stove. 

Step 3
Remove and let cool.  Toss dressing with slaw mixture.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Makes 7 to 8 cups coleslaw. Keeps up to a week refrigerated.

Ice Box Coleslaw

⭐TIP

This ice box colslaw can be made way in advance and will keep for days and days. It’s great for any summer gathering since it’s vinegar based and not mayonnaise.

OTHER SALAD RECIPES

  • Macaroni Coleslaw Salad – This is a combination of two great salads and everyone loves it. Great for any occasion!
  • Bacon Ranch Chopped Salad – This chopped salad is really good and one your family will love. It keeps well and it’s delicious. If you love vegetables, bacon and ranch add this one to your list.
  • Southern Cornbread Salad – This is an old fashioned classic and one you have probably enjoyed at many potlucks or church gatherings.
  • Cucumber Tomato Salad – This summer salad is always a hit! The dressing makes it!

SERVE THIS WITH

  • Sloppy Joes – This homemade version is easy to make and so good. We love it over sweet potatoes too. Great with this coleslaw.
  • Stuffed Green Peppers – This is one of our most popular recipes and one you will love with this recipe.
  • Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs – These are so easy to make, only a few ingredients and delicious with this slaw.
  • Best Meatloaf – This is a family recipe we have enjoyed for over 50 years. It’s one of the best!

STORING & SERVING SIZE

Store this in the refrigerator and it will last months. This makes 7-8 cups of coleslaw.

Ice Box Coleslaw

Judy Yeager

This old fashioned ice box slaw recipe is one your family will love. It keeps for a quite some time in the refrigerator so you can make it in advance. Super easy to make and refreshing on a hot day.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

2 hours

Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Course Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1/2 of a large head of cabbage or 1 small head chopped or grated I just chop mine
  • 1 small purple onion chopped (can use regular onion)
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Combine cabbage, onion, green pepper, carrot, celery seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine sugar, vinegar, oil and dry mustard in a saucepan and bring to a boil on top of the stove. Remove and let cool. Toss dressing with slaw mixture. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Makes 7 to 8 cups coleslaw. Keeps up to a week refrigerated.

Keyword Ice Box Coleslaw, old fashioned recipe

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