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Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

Southern Louisiana Coleslaw


Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

It’s a great day for a cool coleslaw tossed with a buttermilk dressing. That dressing always distinguishes itself as a southern salad to me. Having it served for a Sunday dinner alongside a plate of fried chicken or rice and gravy was one of my earliest experiences with slaw. My MaMa had a way of feeding a crowd at those dinners using the simplest ingredients like adding buttermilk to ranch dressing mix then to some thinly sliced cabbage and “Voila” a coleslaw. I still enjoy that salad today, but it has to be made with real buttermilk to give it that zing.

The coleslaw recipe I have for you today has a zing of its own from a few Louisiana ingredients that aren’t found in most slaw recipes. The cane syrup, Cajun seasoning, and pecans add a sweet, spicy crunch that will keep ’em coming back for more. It’s a great side with most meat dishes, but also delicious layered in a bar-be-cue sandwich or stuffed into a fish taco.

I begin making this salad by slicing some red and green cabbages with a mandoline. Now, this is a serious kitchen tool so I always use the guard. It can be (and has been) dangerous, but it makes work in the kitchen quick and easy with a little wisdom. A 10 oz bag of coleslaw from the grocery store can be used if you prefer.

Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

Isn’t the combination of those colors striking? After tossing the cabbage, green onions and pecans in a large bowl the buttermilk dressing gets mixed together in another bowl. I particularly use Steen’s 100% Pure Cane Syrup and Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning in my Louisiana Coleslaw dressing. The Steen’s syrup is made in Abbeville, Louisiana, my birthplace, and was an essential in our home. (It makes the best peanut butter and syrup sandwiches!) The Slap Ya Mama is one of my favorite Cajun seasonings if you haven’t noticed by now. This seasoning blend is simple with just the right ingredients so that it always compliments the food instead of overpowering it. Because this seasoning is low in salt I sometimes add more salt and this is such a time.

Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

After mixing the dressing together it’s poured into the salad and tossed and there you have it! A creamy, spicy, lightly sweetened buttermilk dressing in a crunchy coleslaw made with some Louisiana goodness. Mmm-mmm!

Coleslaw buttermilk dressing

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Southern Louisiana Coleslaw

Coleslaw made with classic Cajun ingredients.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups or 6 servings
  • Category: salad
  • Cuisine: Cajun


4 cups thinly sliced purple and green cabbage or 1-10 ounce bag of coleslaw

4 heaping tablespoons green onion, chopped

1/3 cup pecans, rough chopped


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoons cane syrup

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or more

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


Place cabbage, green onions and pecans in a medium size bowl. Mix together dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl then add dressing to slaw mixture and toss until the ingredients are evenly coated. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

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