Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw

I have quite a bit of leftover cabbage from our St. Patrick’s Day feast and I realized that I have all the ingredients to make my Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw. It’s clearly time to pull this recipe out of the vault because it’s such a delicious homemade alternative to bland store-bought cole slaw.

Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw

To tell the truth, I never much cared for cole slaw until I started making it myself. What a different animal homemade cole slaw is from the store-bought variety! This recipe is nearly stabilized; by that I mean, I’m just about done tinkering with it. (Okay, I wrote that sentence back in 2006. There has  been some tinkering done on this recipe since then because at my house, no recipe is safe static. I won’t even claim to have finished messing around with this recipe!)

For this Cole Slaw, I use my Cuisenart food processor. Using a food processor makes this recipe go together quickly and easily. If you don’t, however, have a food processor, you can still use your basic grater. It will just take a little longer and of course, you’ll put the skin on your knuckles at risk.

Barb’s Spicy Kicking Cole Slaw


  • 1 head of green cabbage, grated in food processor
  • 1 red onion, grated in food processor
  • 2 T. finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (plain yogurt will also work nicely but will change the taste slightly)
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T. Brown mustard
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1 t. coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 t. cayenne pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 t. smoky paprika

Grate the cabbage and onion and put into a large bowl with the minced cilantro.

Bowl of Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw

Whirl the rest of the ingredients together in the food processor (in fact, don’t bother clean the food processor out between grating the cabbage and the onion and making this dressing. The little bits of onion and cabbage just add to the dressing flavor.) OR, just stir all these things into the cabbage and onion.

Dressing ingredients for Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw

Thoroughly mix together the cabbage/onion/cilantro with the dressing and let sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before serving. This cole slaw definitely tastes better the second day. It also makes a wonderful garnish for BBQ pork on sourdough buns or other sandwich type dinners.

Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw Spicy Homemade Cole Slaw

You can make this cole slaw as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the amount of red peppers you put in.

Cole Slaw seems like summer, picnic food but it really does go well with lots of cold-weather meals as well. Of course, today feels like spring is on its way and I’m in the mood for a picnic NOW!

Another sign that spring is on its way is that Stick Boy Bread Company is making Key Lime Pie again! This week the bakers are also specializing in Celtic Sea Salt Bread, a delicious bread that works for just about everything. Check out their weekly newsletter for other treats.

Barb, writing for My Sister’s Kitchen

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