Helen's Hungarian Coleslaw

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Helen is my mother. no matter what i do, i cant get the coleslaw to taste like hers but this recipe comes very close. i think the love she had for us came through her pores when she squeezed the cabbage. cant buy that or duplicate it. thanks mom, i miss you terribly.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix dressing ingredients until smooth.
  2. place sliced cabbage in colander, sprinkle with salt and mix well.
  3. let drain for at least 1/2 hour.
  4. squeeze cabbage in colander with hands to remove excess water.
  5. mix onion and carrot into cabbage.
  6. add dressing, and mix well.
  7. cover and refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors develop.
Most Helpful

What a wonderful tribute to your mother!! This is very similar to the one that my own mom makes - but I always guessed at the quantities as she never measures. Next time, I'll use red wine vinegar to make the dressing a tad sweeter. Thanx for posting!

CountryLady April 01, 2003

This is by far the best cole slaw we have ever had! My husband is pretty picky about his coleslaw. His family is Hungarian, so I decided to give this one a try, and we all loved it! I did add just a touch of paprika to it (can't have anything Hungarian without paprika in it!) We even like the dressing so much, we're going to make a batch for regular salad dressing, too! Thanks for the great recipe!

aderyn3 August 06, 2007

This was a delicous coleslaw -- I'll be using your mother's recipe exclusively. I had to omit the onions as some guests have an aversion, and I added 2 tsp. of Old Bay Seasoning as I like the celery seed flavoring in my slaws. Thank you for posting, Box O'Wine!

SDB July 05, 2006