Summertime Cole Slaw

   By lisasamples  May 12, 2011

Summer is right around the corner and as we start preparing for the season I decided to share a quick, delicious twist on a summertime favorite – cole slaw.  This is a summertime classic in our home and we hope you will enjoy it for years to come.


Summertime Cole Slaw


1 bag pre-shredded coleslaw coleslaw

3/4 cups toasted slivered almonds

1/2 cup raisins (mix of golden & regular for color )

3/4 cups Hellmann’s mayo

1/4 cup diced scallions

generous 1/8 cup chopped chives fresh or dried

1/2 Tablespoon granulated garlic

salt & pepper to taste

½ cup chopped Granny Smith Apple (optional)


Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl.  This is best refrigerated for up to an hour.


Did you know that cole slaw became popular thanks to Richard Hellmann a NYC deli owner?  His 1903 creation of a formula for bottled mayonnaise made this shredded cabbage dish a bestseller and standard side dish in America. (source: ‘American Classics: Cole Slaw’, by John Mariani, Restaurant Hospitality Magazine 1/97)

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emimorgan by emimorgan | Pittsford, NY
May 15, 2011

my boyfriend loves cole slaw - but it's not my fav. might have to give this a try!

JaneTom by JaneTom | Kirtland, OH
May 13, 2011

This might be weird, but I've never actually had raisins in my cole slaw before. Are raisins a normal part of slaw that I've just been missing?

Azigel by Azigel | ALBERTSON, NY
May 13, 2011

I make a similar salad with 1 bag 16oz coleslaw, 1 large bag slivered almonds (toast them on your stovetop with a bit of butter), 1 small bag sunflower seeds, 1 small jar sesame seeds, 1 bundle scallions, and 2 packages uncooked rawmen. For dressing mix together soy sauce, cider vinegar, and sugar to taste. Put the dressing on right before serving. delish!

ladyvdzine by ladyvdzine | Hazelwood, MO
May 13, 2011

My MIL makes a similar slaw, but substitutes raspberry vinaigrette for the mayo.

HazelCCobb by HazelCCobb | NEW YORK, NY
May 13, 2011

I've been looking for a good cole slaw recipe...summer is the best time to test this out! Thanks!!

dnuncio by dnuncio | Elmhurst, NY
May 13, 2011

Sounds like a delicious recipe! Love cole slaw with my grilled chicken :)

jerseygirl1 by jerseygirl1 | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
May 13, 2011

Adding apples and raisins into cole slaw makes it sound so sweet and delicious. The only thing I don't like about cole slaw is that I worry about eating it at an outdoor BBQ because of the heat making the mayo bad. Does anyone have any recipes for cole slaw without mayo?

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
May 12, 2011

I love coleslaw. I've been using it on meat sandwiches lately. So yummy!