My family are coleslaw eaters. When I saw this recipe with gelatin in it, I had to give it a try. It is good. Not perhaps one of our favorites, but good enough that all of it was eaten up. I did make a smaller version of this amount as there are only three of us to eat it. I would cut down on the amount of cooking oil the next time.
6 to 8 cups shredded cabbage
2 carrots, shredded
1 green pepper, chopped, opt.
½ cup cold water
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
¼ cup cold water
⅔ cup sugar
⅔ cup vinegar (flavor of your choice, I used white wine vinegar)
2 teaspons celery seed
1 ½ teaspon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
⅔ cup cooking oil
  Toss first 4 ingredients. Sprinkle with ½ cup water. Chill.
Soften gelatin in ¼ cup water. Mix next 5 ingredients and bring to a boil; Stir in softened gelatin. Cool until slightly thickened. Beat well; gradually beat in oil. 
Pour over vegetables. Be sure to do the chilling and cooling times. This is not a mix and eat right away type of salad.
This is gluten free if you check your vinegar is gluten free.


  1. I had never heard to use unflavored gelatin. What an interesting suggestion!

    Well perhaps I have found the secret to the perfect coleslaw!

    Thanks for sharing


  2. Hi Beth, I love coleslaw & yours looks & sounds so good...
    I hope you have a great week dear friend...
    Hugs & Kisses

  3. I do not think adding food coloring would hurt anything, it does not have any taste of its own. I would try reducing the sugar some tasting as you go. Most dishes are OK with a little less sugar except for baking recipes where you need to use the full amount.

  4. So what effect did the gelatin have on the cole slaw? I know gelatin is a thickener, but was the texture of the cole slaw odd, or gelatinous? I am trying to figure out what what benefit gelatin could possibly bring!
    Thanks, Sue

    1. The gelatin is in the dressing and makes it thicker and not as runny. When you can't eat a lot of thickeners this works for people who need something gluten free.

  5. Makes sense now! You mentioned it wasn't one of your favorites. Can you point us to the one(s) your families really love? I didn't see a cole slaw recipe in your "Worth Repeating" section. Thanks again! Sue :^)

    1. I have two posted that we like, both of them are good and I make either one or the other depending what else I am fixing.
      They are Caraway Orange Cole Slaw which is a favorite of mine and Simply Southern Cole Slaw which is equally as good.
      Sue has a post for freezer cole slaw which is also very good. Hope this helps. We do like the one in this post I just don't make it as often as some of the others.


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