Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw

Red cabbage slaw in bowl

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
323 Calories
23g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 323
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 3g
Calcium 78mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In this slaw recipe, red cabbage is mixed with a sweet and tangy dressing, raisins, and pecans. Serve this flavorful cabbage salad at your next cookout or add it to your holiday dinner menu.

We used golden raisins in this salad, but regular raisins may be used as well. Instead of pecans, make it with walnuts or sunflower seeds. See the tips and variations below the recipe for more add-in and substitution ideas and how to toast the pecans.


  • 3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small head red cabbage (finely chopped or thinly sliced or shredded)
  • 1 medium red onion (finely chopped or thinly sliced)
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tablespoons chopped pecans

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for slaw
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  2. Combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar; set aside.

    mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar combined in bowl
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  3. In a large serving bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, raisins, and pecans and toss to blend.

    Cabbage, onion, raisins, and pecans in bowl
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  4. Stir in the mayonnaise mixture. Add more mayonnaise, as needed.

    Stir in mayo mixture
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  5. Serve as a side for your next cookout, pulled pork dinner, or holiday dinner and enjoy.


  • To toast the pecans, spread them out in a large dry skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the pecans are aromatic and lightly browned.
  • Turn this slaw into a low carb salad by omitting the raisins and using a sugar substitute.
  • Taste and add more or less sugar, to suit your preferences. 

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the golden raisins with regular raisins.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of crumbled cooked bacon.
  • Replace the pecans with sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts.