Crunchy Coleslaw with Cayenne and Toasted Caraway Seeds


Adam Perry Lang's coleslaw is more spicy and crunchy than creamy, which makes it a terrific foil for rich barbecued meat. He lightly salts the cabbage first to draw out some of the liquid, so it doesn't dilute the dressing.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

Crunchy Coleslaw with Cayenne and Toasted Caraway Seeds
Photo: © Rob Howard
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
8 to 10


  • One 3-pound head of green cabbage, cored and finely shredded

  • One 2-pound head of red cabbage, cored and finely shredded

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 small onion, minced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large carrot, coarsely shredded

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks

  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Put the shredded green and red cabbage in two large colanders and toss each with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let drain in the sink for 2 hours. Pat the cabbage dry.

  2. In a small, dry skillet, toast the caraway and celery seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the water and let cool.

  3. In a blender, combine the mayonnaise, cream, sugar, onion, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne and black pepper. Pour in the caraway and celery seeds and their liquid; blend until the dressing is smooth.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbages, carrot, apple and parsley; toss with the dressing. Season with salt.

Serve With

Juicy Pulled-Pork Sandwiches.

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