Basic Island Coleslaw




Now that BBQ season is upon us I thought that a quick and easy coleslaw recipe might be in order.

This recipe will go great with some of the wonderful BBQ and smoked meat recipes featured in other instructables. After all whats a picnic or BBQ without coleslaw?

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Step 1: First Step

Gather your ingredients and tools. For the basic slaw you will need 1 medium to large green cabbage,
1 or 2 carrots, 1 1/4 cups mayo, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar. You can add other ingredients such as green peppers, red cabbage, onions, and or broccoli. Additional seasonings may be added to taste such as, whole peppercorns (what I use), dry mustard, celery seeds, or onion powder, etc.

Tools would include but not limited to: mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, whisk, and maybe a pepper mill (I used two spoons), and of course a laser cutter... well maybe that's a bit over the top but maybe it works for you, possibly a hand held grater would work as well.

Step 2: Shredding Your Veggies

First remove the outer leaves from the head of cabbage and then I cut the head in half and begin shredding with the grater, now if you have a food processor or just a knife those work just as well
but I'm willing to bet a laser cutter would make quick work of this step.

Step 3: Sauciness, Sweet and Tangy

This step is where you can get the most creative, unfortunately lasers will not be used at all during this phase.

The base of our sauce is mayonnaise, 1 and 1/4 cups + or - to taste. Next is the sugar 1/3 cup or more if you like your slaw on the sweet side. followed up by the vinegar, I use apple cider, 1/4 cup or more if you like it tangy, you can adjust the viscosity by adjusting the amount of vinegar also, I like mine a little thicker.

Now is the time to develop your own signature taste, try adding dry mustard, onion or garlic powder, celery seed, cayenne pepper, or what have you.

Step 4: The Finale

Stir the wet ingredients with the shredded veggies and let marinate in the fridge for awhile.

Well I guess thats it for this instructable, if you have any questions leave them in the comments and I'll get to them asap. Remember to vote, vote often, and vote for me.

...well I guess votings out. Just go make some coleslaw and eat it, or make lots of it and have a wrestling match.

Until next time.

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    10 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I learned three-ingredient coleslaw from my mom.
    1 head finely shredded cabbage, toss with 1/4 cup sugar
    Wait about 5 minutes until the sugar pulls some juice out,
    Stir in enough mayonnaise to hold it together.

    I love the labels. The outer 8 layers of cabbage hold most of the flavor of the plant. Removing them was a bad idea. wash them instead.

    Doc Shickley

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you use carrot , don't use sugar. Carrot is one of the best sweeteners. Salt should be used with moderation. The mayonaise? If you plop a dollop in and you don't think it's enough, it's more than enough. Let it sit for a while. You'll be pleased. WAIT! Did I say you can shred fennel root into it too? Awsome!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    BTW what kind of cabbage salad always comes out bad? MURPHY SLAW


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Ok where is Basic Island? but more importantly where is the sour cream? You can add a lot of flavor by substituting half sour cream for the mayonnaise or even replacing it. And if you want to add liquidity without more sourness a little milk works. Seriously I love cole slaw and this sounds good but you have to adjust the viscosity to the point of having bubbles or froth when you whip it with a fork...the bubbles make a difference (a standing joke at cole slaw time at our house)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! We made a very similar coleslaw last night too, but failed to document. i'm glad you did instead!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Mmmmmm.....cole slaw....I used to hate it when I was little but now it's one of my favorite foods. :D


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds pretty good. You need to add some caraway seeds and get yourself a Feemster (It shreds cabbage better than anything else.)!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Yesterday I was thinking about how I'd like to make my own Coleslaw, which is creepy enough. But then I see that you're using Dharma ingredients, well, that's just damn scary.

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