Lexington-Style Red Coleslaw Recipe

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Ketchup provides the "red" in this slaw, which has a tangy, sweet, and spicy barbecue flavor. Joshua Bousel

In the Lexington, NC tradition, this slaw replaces the traditional mayonnaise base with ketchup, which, when mixed with sugar and hot sauce, results in a slaw with a flavor similar to the region's famous vinegary barbecue sauce.

Why this recipe works:

  • A sugar-and-salt mixture purges the cabbage of excess moisture, leaving it tender, but still crunchy and well-seasoned.
  • Using ketchup instead of mayonnaise gives this slaw its red color and Lexington roots.
  • Hot sauce adds a touch of heat that makes this slaw really stand out.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serves: 10 to 12 servings

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Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete

For the Slaw:

  • 1 large head green cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), finely shredded on a mandoline or by hand

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup kosher salt

Directions

  1. For the dressing: Whisk together vinegar, ketchup, sugar, black pepper, and hot sauce in small bowl.

  2. For the Slaw: Combine cabbage and carrot in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and toss to combine. Let stand five minutes, then transfer to a large colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

  3. Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin dry. Alternatively, transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet lined with a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and blot mixture dry with more towels. Return to large bowl.

  4. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and/or sugar.

Special equipment

Mandoline (optional)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
62 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 62
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 50mg 252%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 316mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)