Mom's Caraway Coleslaw

This recipe comes from Mary Connelly Benway, whose mother made it for her brood of 10 children. “My mother has always been, and still is, the best cook I know,” she wrote. “By preparing these favorite dishes in my own kitchen for more than 20 years, I have managed to convince my husband that I am a pretty good cook—a tribute to her.” We love the way this classic coleslaw manages to be sweet, savory, tangy, and creamy all in a single bite.


3-1/2 cups finely shredded green or purple cabbage
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 small white or sweet onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon whole caraway seeds
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, carrots, and green pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss well. Let sit at least 20 minutes before serving.

Cooking & Recipes


6 to 8 servings

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

30 minutes

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