Independence Day Cole Slaw


I was digging in my recipe box looking for a quick salad for the holiday weekend.  I found one, but I cannot say I created it.  Did you know “Cole Slaw” comes from the Dutch for Cabbage Salad?  I didn’t until recently.  I don’t know where I came upon this recipe, frankly.  Scribbled on a scrap of paper and tucked into my tin box of tear-out and overheard recipes.  I enjoyed it and hope you will, too!


  • Cabbage, shredded, 4 cups
  • Mayonnaise, ½ cup
  • Vinegar or lemon juice, 2 tablespoons
  • Graded onion, 1 tablespoon
  • Celery seed, ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Pepper, 1/8 teaspoon

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar (or lemon juice), grated onion, celery seed, sugar, salt and pepper.

Drain the cabbage thoroughly and mix with the dressing.  Chill in refrigerator.

Serves 6 to 8

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Complimentary recipes to this one from Grace Hallenbeck can be found here and here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!