CSA Cooking: Sweet Summer Slaw

A couple weekends ago,  my mother-in-law served a fabulous summertime cole slaw with dinner. It was store-bought and had bits of cucumbers in it which gave it a fresh twist!  When I got cabbage and cucumbers in the same week from my local CSA, I knew I had to try to recreate it!

Homemade Cole Slaw Recipe with Cucumbers @FoodMarriage

Since I had never made cole slaw from scratch before, I did a bit of recipe searching online.  I decided to take Bobby Flay’s recipe for Creamy Cole Slaw and adapt it a bit.  I chose this recipe to work with because it uses sugar.  I know from my experience with making my Macaroni Salad Recipe that sugar definitely improves the taste of salads made with mayonnaise by sweetening up! I adjusted some of the seasonings in Bobby’s recipe and then added in cucumbers to come up with this fabulous Summer Slaw!

Sweet Summer Cole Slaw with Cucumbers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 large bowl of cole slaw

Sweet Summer Cole Slaw with Cucumbers


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 small heads of cabbage (or one large one)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 cucumbers


  • Whisk together your mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, ground mustard and celery salt. Add in a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper as well.
  • Cover and put in the refrigerator while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Cut your cabbage into quarters and then slice into thin shreds.
  • Peel your carrots and cut off the ends. Grate the carrots into thin shreds.
  • Peel your cucumbers and cut off the ends. Slice each cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Since in half lengthwise again and then cut into thin slices.
  • Remove the dressing from the refrigerator and stir in the cabbage, carrots, and cucumbers.
  • Place back into the refrigerator for at least two hours to chill before serving.
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