When I was young, I didn’t like coleslaw. Of course you think you don’t like a lot of things until you actually try them. Well, when I finally did try it, it was my grandma’s coleslaw. After that, I really didn’t like any coleslaw other than my grandma’s. I suppose I’ll still eat it, but I definitely think that her coleslaw was the absolute best. Unfortunately, she literally took her recipe to the grave with her. No one in my family had it written down. I remember making it with her several times, and her ordering me to do this and add that, but the last time we made it was probably over 10 years ago. This is now the second time I’ve attempted it, and I think it definitely compares to hers (of course, hers is still the best 😉 ).
While it looks like a pretty regular coleslaw, actually kind of plain with just cabbage and mayonnaise, it’s so much more. The secret is the grated onions in the sauce. Do not skip this step. Chopped onions simply will not do. Also, Miracle Whip is necessary, not mayonnaise. The result is a creamy, slightly sweet, crunchy fresh coleslaw, perfect as a side or even a topper on some good barbecue. We paired this with Nate’s smoked ribs, as well as topped pulled pork sandwiches with it at our St. Patrick’s Day party. However you eat it, just remember to thank Grandma M while you’re enjoying. XOXO Grams!
Source: Slightly adapted from Grandma M’s Original
1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip
1/4 cup milk
3-4 tbsp sugar
1/2 onion, grated
salt and pepper
1/2 head cabbage, sliced thin
1. In in small bowl, combine Miracle Whip, milk and sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remember, this is grandma’s recipe, so you may need to adjust the amount of milk and sugar to get the right combination. The dressing should be thick, but still pourable; consistency similar to yogurt. Add grated onion.
2. Add 1/2 of the cabbage to a large bowl, and pour in a small amount of dressing. Stir to combine and evenly coat the cabbage. Add more cabbage and dressing a little at a time. Be sure not to drench the cabbage, just lightly dress it. Reserve any remaining dressing in an airtight container for up to one week.