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The Tastiest Coleslaw

The Tastiest Recipe for Coleslaw with a tangy creamy dressing perfect for picnics, potlucks and any occasion

A coleslaw by any other name…Wait.  You probably think I’m making to much out of this.  It’s coleslaw.  Once you’ve had one, you’ve had them all, right?  Or more like, once you’ve had one that was terrible you’ve never ever tried it again.  Ever.  Am I right?

The Tastiest Recipe for Coleslaw with a tangy creamy dressing perfect for picnics, potlucks and any occasion

A Dime a Dozen

There are two basic ways to make coleslaw, and everything else is a variation of either of those ways.  First you have the ‘pickle-y coleslaw’.  This refers to the cabbage and other veggies, mixed in a salt / vinegar dressing.  Next is the ‘creamy coleslaw’ which is the same as the pickle-y version, only with mayonnaise added to the dressing.

The Tastiest Coleslaw

I would be lying through my teeth if I said this was the best coleslaw recipe in the world.  First, I’m sure I haven’t tasted them all ( nor do I really want to) and second, my Mom’s is hands down, without a doubt, no contest the best coleslaw in the world, no question.  But, this is my website, not hers, and she’s not ready to spill the beans to the world just yet.  So until then, I’d like you to give mine a try.

 

Tasty Coleslaw
A creamy coleslaw recipe with the perfect amount of tangy. Perfect as a side dish or a condiment, this slaw will be pleasing picnickers and potluck goers for years to come.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 head cabbage ( or 1/4 head red cabbage, and 1/4 head green cabbage)
  2. 1 carrot
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1.5 cups mayonnaise
  5. 6 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 2 tbsp. sugar
  7. 1 tsp. pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp. celery salt
Instructions
  1. You can process all of the veggies through your shredding disc on your food processor. I like to use a knife to cut the cabbage into long strips. It makes a nicer texture, and looks pretty
  2. Mix shredded veggies together in large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together in a small mixing bowl, and mix very well.
  4. Stir the dressing into the cabbage mixture, and continue to mix until well distributed.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
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The Tastiest Recipe for Coleslaw with a tangy creamy dressing perfect for picnics, potlucks and any occasion

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Vegetable Planting Schedule for Cabbage Plus Growing Tips

planting schedule and growing tips for cabbage

Admittedly not everyone’s favourite vegetable, but those who do love it, can not live without it!  It’s an absolute must have for the sauerkraut connoisseurs of the world, and not to mention, how on earth could you have cabbage rolls, and delicious coleslaw, without the cabbage?  But cabbage is tough to grow, and I have been making the same mistake, year after year.  Well, not anymore.

planting schedule and growing tips for cabbage  

Why, oh why, Cabbage, will you not grow?

Cabbage has proven really difficult to grow. It only likes cool temperatures, which is not a problem for our area, however it is a really heavy feeder, so it requires good soil and lots of attention.  Also, it can be a magnet for some type of pests. 

Essentially, starting the seeds indoors, well ahead of the last spring frost, fertilizing the plants, and planting them near friendly vegetables are the tickets to success here.  I have made the same mistake over and over again with these veggies, and I will not make it again!

How Many Cabbage Seeds / Plants to Start

Start by determining the space you want to use to grow cabbage in.  You’ll need about 24″ per healthy plant.  If you’ve got a 4′ x 4′ space, you’ll have room for 4 nice big plants.  You’ll want to start atleast 4 plants indoors, but err on the side of caution, and give yourself 50% more plants, so in this case 6 plants.  Now, for each plant you start, start atleast 3 seeds.  You will end up thinning out the smallest and sickliest looking seedlings – so in this situation, you’ll want, 6 plants x 3 seeds for each initial seedling, therefore you’ll need to start with 18 seeds.  You can usually buy them in packages of 20, 50 and 100.  

Vegetable Planting Schedule for Cabbage

  • Start cabbage seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. 
  • Harden off plants over the course of a week.
  • Till aged manure or compost into your garden soil
  • Transplant to your garden after plants are hardened off, and danger of frost has passed, 12 to 24 inches apart in rows
  • Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting
  • Harvest when heads reach desired size and are firm. This will take around 70 days for most green cabbage varieties. Most early varieties will produce 1- to 3-pound heads.

planting schedule and growing tips for cabbage

Garden Growing tips for Cabbage

  • When transplants reach 5 inches tall, thin to make sure they are still the desired length apart
  • Mulch thickly to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Although cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are closely related, and require similar nutrients, it’s best not to plant them together. They are all heavy feeders, depleting the soil faster of nutrients; plus, they will attract the same pests and diseases. This is the same mistake I make year after year.  In my effort to keep my garden tidy and neat I ALWAYS plant these same veggies together!
  • Cabbage can be grown near beans and cucumbers.  
  • You can put a cut nylon over the head of cabbage as it is growing, to keep the pests off.

Harvesting tips for Cabbage

  • Cut each cabbage head at its base with a sharp knife. 
  • Apparently you can get two crops from early cabbage plants, by cutting the cabbage head out of the plant, leaving the outer leaves and root in the garden. The plant will send up new heads—pinch them off until only four or so smaller heads remain. 
  • Wrap lightly in plastic and store in your refrigerator. 

planting schedule and growing tips for cabbage

Get your printable Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your garden

Starting Seedlings , Laying out your Plot, Maintenance Planners, Journals, Planting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors

 

Happy Planting!