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Everyone's Favorite Ladies Auxiliary Coleslaw With Raisins and Carrots

Suzanne is a former regional magazine publisher, as well as a cooking and gardening writer. She lives in North Carolina.


Great Sidedish for Pork Barbecue

I love the coleslaw served with chicken and dumplings served at the local firehouse dinners by the ladies auxiliary. This is my version which, when I prepare pork barbecue, I always serve as a sidedish, along with my Sweet and Savory Baked Beans. The best pork barbecue sandwich always has slaw on the pork!

Back in 1989 I published a cookbook which contains recipes taken from regional cookbooks compiled by ladies auxiliary and other organizations as fundraisers. At the time I was editor and publisher of a regional magazine known as the Peninsula Pacemaker, which featured a different regional cookbook every month.

Every auxiliary had a different version of the classic coleslaw. My favorite always included raisins. This recipe is my version based on ingredients found in regional recipes.

Coleslaw also goes great with crab cakes and a side of French fries.

This is my cookbook published in 1989.


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  • 2 cups white cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 2 cups red cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Chop cabbage and carrot. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine vinegar and sugar, raisins, salt and pepper, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir mayonnaise or salad dressing into vinegar mixture until blended.
  4. Fold cabbage into dressing.
  5. Garnish with chopped walnuts.

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© 2010 Suzanne Sheffield


Gretchen on September 05, 2015:

Great recipe but one suggestion I only used about. 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise , and thank goodness I did because it was wet enough and tastes great

Suzanne Sheffield (author) from Mid-Atlantic on November 30, 2012:

Thank you phdast7, this is an old recipe that I play around with a lot. I just modified it again, by the way, by adding 2 types of cabbage and a walnut garnish. Appreciate the comments.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on May 06, 2012:

Your coleslaw looks fabulous and it reminds me of the coleslaw my maternal grandmother used to make amd it was delicious. :) SHARING

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