Summer is the perfect time for potlucks and picnics. And coleslaw has long been an American favorite dish for those special occasions. This Creamy Parmesan Coleslaw is an easy, real food version sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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Before we delve into the deliciousness of this recipe, I have a confession to make: I don’t like coleslaw. I’ve been to my fair share of potlucks and plenty of picnics and family reunions full of favorites like cornbread, BBQ chicken, apple pie, and lemonade, but I’ve never been able to stand coleslaw.
Maybe I just needed to *ahem* mature a little, or maybe there’s just something to making it myself that allows me to fully savor every ingredient.
This version of the classic boasts one of my favorite things in the food-world: Parmesan cheese. 😀
Seriously, I could eat it on almost everything.
I also added some cucumbers to make my kiddos happy, and used some of my easy homemade mayonnaise as a dressing with the sour cream. To give it the healthy, vinegary taste, I threw in some kombucha I had in my fridge. You can use apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar, if you don’t have any kombucha.
Creamy Parmesan Coleslaw
- 1/2 large head of cabbage thinly sliced or shredded
- 3 carrots shredded
- 1 cucumber thinly diced
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise ideally homemade
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon kombucha or apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Combine veggies in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.
- Stir and let set while combining dressing.
- Stir together mayo and sour cream until creamy.
- Add in remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.
- Stir into salad.
- Store leftovers in the fridge in a covered container.
i would have never thought of putting parmesan cheese in coleslaw, but it sounds like it was a complete win! definitely need to try this for our labor day picnic.
I hope you enjoy it, Amanda! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
What a fun twist on a classic, looks delish!
Thanks so much, Celeste!
Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
What?! You don’t like coleslaw?! Oh, right, there’s no chocolate in it… 😉 Just kidding. I actually do love coleslaw but my husband isn’t a fan. I think he’d appreciate this version though 🙂
Haha, very funny, Audrey. 😉
I am really picky about my coleslaw, I only like it the way my nanny made, and taught me to make it when I worked with her for a summer. Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesday linky. I’ve add your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. 🙂
Glad to link up, Ashley. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
This recipe give coleslaw a whole new life and taste. Love you ingredients with the cucumbers and cheese. Sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
Glad to share, Marla! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free
What a neat way to use kombucha, this looks great! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it 🙂
Thanks, Danielle! 🙂 My kombucha is a monster, so I’m always trying to come up with new ways to get rid of it. Haha.
I love coleslaw! I have never heard of putting cucumbers in it though. Sounds amazing!
Thanks, Charlene! I put the cukes in because my kids love them so much. 🙂 The do add a nice touch!
Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of features for this week’s Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7 pm EST. Thank you for being part of Real Food Fridays and sharing your information.
Thanks so much, Marla! 🙂 Glad to be a part.
I’m looking forward to trying this coleslaw! I’m especially liking the Parm. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂
Thanks so much, CJ! 🙂 The parmesan is a great addition, IMO. I pretty much like it on anything, though. 😉
Holy amazing !! I have never had a slaw mix like this and I’m already in love. Thx !! Laci @ Sequins in the South
Glad you approve, Laci! 🙂