July 27, 2009

Carnival Slaw


The name sounds a bit scary huh? Carnival slaw comes from my childhood. The school I went to for most of my adolescence held a Carnival every year (games, booths, rides, food etc…).
There was this coleslaw that they served with the BBQ chicken that all the adults went apeshit over. I guess the recipe was really popular because my mom had a copy of it. She gave me the recipe the other day while cleaning out her recipe binder and I knew I had to try it. I remember liking it as a kid so it must have been good!

Look at how well aged it is:

carnival coleslaw

While visiting family this weekend, I scarfed down SOO much slaw.

I knew I had to make some tonight and this recipe totally satisfied my slaw addiction.


Because I do not like mayo, this slaw is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.

It’s really the celery seed that makes it taste fab. What else can I put celery seed in?

mmm celery seed

The onions add a nice sharpness but the dressing makes them really sweet!

red onion slices

I put some in our chicken patty sandwiches tonight for dinner. SOO SOOO SOO good.

eating outside

Casey finished the meal and said “God, that was good.”

I remembered to take a pic for you! Are you jealous?

my dinner

Carnival Slaw

(this serves 10- but I halved it all and it turned out fine!)

-8 cups shredded green & red cabbage (carrots optional)
-1 large red onion sliced in thin rings
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 1/2 tsp. salt
-2 1/2 tsp. celery seed – more if you like
-2 1/2 tsp. dry mustard -more if you like
-1 1/4 tsp. pepper
-1/2 cup cider vinegar
-1/2 cup vegetable oil


Put sugar, salt, celery seed, dry mustard, pepper and cider vinegar in a pan and bring to a boil. Stir in oil & blend. After dressing cools, pour over cabbage & onions 1-2 hours before serving. Toss well & toss again just before serving!

***Next time, I am adding carrots- because it looks so dang prettie!***

  • nicolle

    oh that sounds good! i’m excited to try that recipe. 🙂

  • Clever Karen

    I don’t like mayo either! I need to try this! Excellent pictures, too – great views of the food.

  • trupeach

    i’m right there with you in regard to celery seed (and its salt too). i made these recently and used a combo of the two in lieu of leaves.

  • Megan

    That looks terrific! I’ve been on the hunt for a new slaw recipe, and I’ll definitely be trying this.

  • Michelle

    I love using old recipes and how fun that they take you back to being a kid again.

    Great photo of your dish on the table. That just says “summer.” Nice job.

  • Becky and the Beanstock

    I love old, tattered, splattered family recipes. Lately I’ve been going through my dad’s recipes, and I love the ones he’s written on especially because I know he’s used them. You and I have the same slaw aethetic — no mayo for me either, please.

    Your photos just knock me over. I have this folder of earmarked images called “Photos to Imitate” as I work to get better at snapping shots, and several of yours are in that folder. I figure reverse engineering is the best way to learn.

  • Susan

    If you like celery seed, you should put some in your tuna salad. Delish!

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  • Darcee

    Late in the game for me on this post. I made this last night with slow cooker pulled pork for my family. I got a text later from my dad (it was date night with the bf) saying that everyone loved it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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