Two-Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe (Classic Dutch Koolsla)

Nutritious and delicious: Dutch coleslaw. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

Did you know that coleslaw is named after the Dutch words kool (cabbage) and sla (salad)? Yes, this American barbeque favorite is actually Dutch! Coleslaw is one of those dishes that has suffered terrible abuse over the years, especially at the hands of some fast food companies, but a proper homemade coleslaw is hard to beat. It’s full of vegetable goodness and as long as you don’t drown it in too much mayonnaise it is rather healthy too. 

What You'll Need

  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (grainy)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • For the Salad:
  • 1/4 head red cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 head white cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 2 carrots (grated or cut into tiny cubes)
  • 1 leek (sliced very finely)
  • 1 red paprika (cut into tiny cubes)
  • 1/2 cup cress sprouts (or mixed sprouts)

How to Make It

  1. Mix the mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar together for the dressing.
  2. Now place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss until everything is just covered.


  • Clearly, this is a cinch to make if you have a food processor. We sometimes cheat and buy a pack of pre-sliced and -diced veggies at the supermarket, to which we add the dressing, cress and a few other ingredients.
  • Variation: add diced apples and chopped walnuts.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 381
    Total Fat 22 g
    Saturated Fat 4 g
    Unsaturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 12 mg
    Sodium 348 mg
    Carbohydrates 45 g
    Dietary Fiber 18 g
    Protein 10 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)