“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  Leonardo da Vinci

In spite of the fact that Leonardo probably never made slaw, he’s on the right track for recipe perfection.  Keep it simple.

Yes, there are recipes out there for slaw that contain 12 or more ingredients, including pickle juice and horseradish.  But why?   Basic slaw recipes contain mayo and vinegar and sugar and salt.  For the veggie you use cabbage.  Sure you can throw in carrots and onions and any other thing you have languishing in the fridge, or any other thing that your mom always put in, like diced apple, but don’t stress yourself.


1 cup mayo

OR  1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream

OR 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup buttermilk


1/4 cup wine or cider vinegar

1 T Splenda

1 t salt

Cabbage, finely chopped


Whisk everything together except the cabbage to make the slaw dressing.  Pour the dressing over the cabbage.  Make sure the cabbage is in a bowl.  For those of you who think that last sentence was redundant, let me just say that you haven’t met some of my friends.

Also, here’s the point in this blog entry where you can affirm that REAL coleslaw always has onion and celery and celery seed and seven swans a swimming.  OK.  If it will make you feel better, add it.  Yes, I added a bit of finely chopped carrot to mine.  I thought it needed a bit of color.  Add whatever you need.


Full disclosure – I also added a bit of red pepper and sprinkled dried parsley on top for the picture.  It was looking kind of pale.  Sorry Leonardo.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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