In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

There’s Nothing Caribbean About This Coleslaw.

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If you’re hoping to find a coleslaw with a sort of Caribbean twist, you may have to hit Google and search another source. This one however is a classic coleslaw recipe, and though most people think of this dish as something to bring out during the summer months, I just love the way the creaminess and crunch compliments the spicy nature of good jerk chicken. I did this recipe a few nights ago when I posted the Jamaican Jerk Marinade. As I did a batch of oven jerk chicken with the fresh jerk marinade and just had to have me some coleslaw.


If you’re guilty of purchasing those overpriced small containers of coleslaw at the grocery stores that are drenched in watery dressing, you’ll see how simple this is to make and wonder why you’ve not been making your own all along.

You’ll Need…

About 6 cups of shredded cabbage (approx 1/2 a medium cabbage)
1 large carrot
3/4 cup miracle whip (see comment below)
2 tablespoon sour cream – optional
1/4 red onion sliced very thin
2 tablespoon sugar (white)
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked black pepper

Note: I like using Miracle Whip instead of traditional mayonnaise, as I love the sort of tangy elements of it. So feel free to use your favorite brand of Mayo if you so desire.

We’ll start by shredding the cabbage. I don’t have access to a food processor (seems Santa wasn’t paying attention or didn’t get the memo), so I used a sharp knife and after removing the core of the cabbage, I cut it into very thin slices. I did cut the 1/2 of cabbage into 3 smaller pieces to make handling easier. If you have a food processor, make use of it.

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Then I washed and peeled the carrot and using some elbow grease, I grated it. Again, if you have a food processor, figure out which blade to use and this will take seconds.

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Then slice the red onion as thin as you can so at no time while eating will you get a chunk of overpowering onion.

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Place the carrot, cabbage and onion in a large bowl and get ready to make the dressing.

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Add all the other ingredients into a bowl and using a whisk, work it for a minute or 2. The idea is the incorporate everything into a smooth dressing.

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All we have to do now is add this wonderful dressing we just made to the main bowl with the other ingredients and give it a good mix. Try to break up any clumps of carrots and mix evenly.

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I personally like giving this at least 30 minutes in the fridge to sort of marinate and bring out the true flavors I’m looking for… enjoy!

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