There were three good reasons I wanted to make this cole slaw.
- I love cole slaw and am always looking for variations.
- Southerners know a thing or 2 about making slaw.
- How can you not make it when it's Dolly's recipe?
The dressing for this salad very runny, more like a lettuce salad dressing. Only mix in as much as you need to coat the cabbage mixture well. Reserve any remaining and mix more salad fresh if desired.
I like to use Bread and Butter pickle juice here, partly because they are my favourite pickles, but because they have turmeric and celery seed and a bit more character than standard store-bought sweet pickles.
Having said that - the pickles you like best will probably result in the dressing you like best!
Dressing will keep up to a week, sealed in the fridge.
Leftovers will be okay the next day but the cabbage will release more water and the dressing will be thinner. You may consider draining off some of the excess watery dressing and adding a fresh tablespoon or so if you had dressing left over.
Ingredients and quantities are very forgiving. No problem if your cabbage yields 6 cups instead of 5. Add more of less pepper, onion etc. You can adjust to taste.
Dolly Parton Cole Slaw
- ½ small green cabbage about 5 cups
- ½ sweet red pepper
- 1 small sweet onion
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sweet pickle juice I like Bread and Butter juice
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 Tbsps sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Use a mandolin or food processor to slice up cabbage and carrot to a fairly fine grind. Mince pepper and onion.
- Mix all dressing ingredients together. (You can do this well in advance if you like to allow flavours to mix.)
- A half hour before ready to serve, pour dressing over the cabbage mixture. The dressing is very runny (more like a lettuce salad dressing) so only mix in enough to coat the cabbage mixture well. Reserve remaining dressing.
- Allow salad to stand 30 minutes for flavours to meld.
- Serve and enjoy.
- Leftovers keep in the fridge for a day but cabbage will release more water so dressing will get watery. (It is best to aim for only as much as you think you need and mix more fresh if desired.)