Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A salad of finely shredded raw cabbage and sometimes shredded carrots, dressed with mayonnaise or a vinaigrette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A salad of finely shredded raw cabbage and sometimes shredded carrots, dressed with mayonnaise (white) or a vinaigrette (red).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salad made of sliced cabbage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dish consisting of finely cut cabbage dressed with vinegar, salt, pepper, etc., eaten either raw or slightly cooked; cabbage-salad. Also called, erroneously, cold-slaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. basically shredded cabbage

Etymologies

Dutch koolsla : kool, cabbage (from Middle Dutch cōle, from Latin caulis) + sla, salad (short for salade, from French, from Old French; see salad).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch koolsla, from kool ("cabbage") + sla, abbreviation of salade. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Okay I know you said that the coleslaw is the easy part of BBQing ... but I have been craving Salt Licks coleslaw for 4 years!!!

    taking sides with barbecue | Homesick Texan

  • Now my standard coleslaw is "just right" all the time, and never the source of disharmony in a meal.

    Side of Slaw

  • And speaking of fish: this coleslaw is terrific served alongside fish.

    Apple Juice Slaw | A Veggie Venture

  • Their excellent coleslaw is based on a highly regarded recipe from The Pantry in downtown Los Angeles.

    You gonna eat that? Random musings on food and life in Orange County, California » Food void

  • It's served with a fennel coleslaw, which is so much nicer than your standard shredded cabbage.

    Dining out with Moira Hodgson

  • The coleslaw was a little heavy on the mayo but otherwise a fresh combination of carrots and cabbage and right on par with the American version.

    Stars and Stripes

  • The coleslaw was the also from my bento lunch stash.

    allthingspurple

  • And PeggyU -- same here with the addition of a dog. in 'coleslaw'.

    Knowledge is Power

  • Here are a few dishes that will be improved by the addition of your fresh, homemade sprouts: scrambled eggs or omelettes salads side dishes, such as coleslaw and three-bean salad dips and spreads sandwiches and wraps stir-fries and sautés casseroles soups (added to the pot just a couple minutes before serving) breads (added to the dough before baking; can even use 100 percent sprouted grain dough) even desserts!

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  • The cabbage is far better used in the coleslaw which is delicious-tangy, crisp, and coarsely chopped with a faint hint of basil it makes a great side item.

    Serious Eats: New York

Comments

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  • See slaw (Margery Daw).

    July 28, 2011

  • Absolutely. I love that this is one of the few holdovers from the Dutch settlement of New York (even old New York was once New Amsterdam). Which gives me an opportunity to plug one of my favorite books, Russell Shorto's The Island at the Center of the World, seen here.

    And I rather like coleslaw, myself. But I object strenuously to the term "moist dressing."

    October 3, 2008

  • Etymology is worth a look for the fact we don't have a huge number of modern Dutch words in English.

    October 3, 2008

  • "Moist dressing" makes me want to take a shower.

    October 3, 2008

  • All the more reprehensible since it isn't really a necessary word to describe "dressing."

    October 3, 2008

  • Ew, the second definition has that horrible m-word in it! As if I needed any other reasons to hate coleslaw.

    October 3, 2008

  • WordNet's cooking lessons have not proven to be a runaway success.

    October 3, 2008