Rainbow Slaw

Rainbow Slaw

I hope everyone had a fun 4th of July.  Last week we made our way to the Colorado mountains, to escape the Midwest heat.  The weather has been cool and beautiful.  Perfect biking, and hiking weather.  Our dogs love it here, even though they always get sick from drinking the water from the streams.  You’d think by now their systems would be use to it, but I guess they aren’t exposed to it enough.

The 4th of July was a quiet day for all of us.  In fact we all hit the sack early.  However, everyone wanted the typical fare for dinner, so I prepared barbecued ribs, baked beans, watermelon and slaw, a favorite of mine.  This year I decided to add lots of colorful veggies to my slaw – it looked like a rainbow and tasted spectacular.

My favorite is an oil and vinegar slaw, but if you prefer it creamy, simply add a bit of mayo to this dressing.  I hope you’ll try this. 

Rainbow Slaw Platter

For leftovers the next day, I cut the beef off the rib bones, heated it, then set it on a whole wheat tortilla, and topped it with my rainbow slaw.  Wow, it was like a party in my mouth with all the flavors.  Of course, you could do the same thing on a bun, if that’s what you prefer.

My rainbow slaw is perfect for a barbecue, it packs easily to bring to a party as a side, great added to dishes or even as an entree’ with some protein added.

Here’s the recipe, I think you’ll like it.

Rainbow Slaw



1/2 head of Purple Cabbage, shredded
1 package Sugar Snap Peas, cut each on bias
1 each of Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper, julienne sliced
1/2 Red Onion, sliced (optional)


1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine cabbage and remaining vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients together.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and mix to combine.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve.

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  1. I’m glad you had a great 4th! Love the colors in this slaw!

  2. What a beautiful dish for the 4th 😀
    So pretty!


    • Perfect for the 4th or anytime. I love slaw and this was a nice healthy, and colorful version. Plus it’s great as a leftover to add to sandwiches and wraps. I hope you try it.

  3. That’s the most beautiful slaw that I’ve ever seen. No wonder it seemed like a party in your mouth! I love the way you served it the next day too – sometimes leftovers are even better than the original.

  4. Love your slaw: have not made it with red cabbage nor used sugar snaps and I do like the idea of the celery seeds in the dressing. No mayonnaise in my kitchen so am glad of the oil and vinegar 🙂 !

    • I try to avoid mayo, even though I think it adds nice flavor but who needs the extra inches it puts on your waistine when it tastes great without it.

      I typically use regular white cabbage but eating the colors of the rainbow is excellent for your body so I figured why not add as many bright colors as I could. The addition of the Sugar Snap Peas was fantastic with added crunch and flavor. Just take each pea and slice it on the diagonal into about 4 slices to resemble shredding. I loved this creation and how it made my table look. It came alive!

      Thank you for your comment.

  5. Oh, wow! This is really a rainbow of colours on the plate! I loved your version of slaw, and I am sure it is going to taste great! My kids would love to eat this healthy rainbow!! 🙂

    • It is so refreshing, tasty and colorful. Eating the colors of the rainbow is said to be the healthiest way to eat. I hope you try this and your kids love it like mine did.
      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Very colourful and appetizing! I love the wrap!

    • Thanks Angie. The wrap tasted great with the addition of my leftover ribs. I think it would be great with chicken or fish, or any type of protein. Thank you for your comment.

  7. Great looking slaw! Such vibrant colors – I love it! Sounds like you had a wonderful 4th. We did too, although I suspect it’s warmer back here in St. Louis than the weather you’re enjoying.

  8. I love the Colorado mountains in the summer! What a wonderful retreat. What a delicious slaw and I love the snap peas in this delicious version.

  9. I love the color of this slaw…indeed looks like a rainbow…and sure sounds very flavorful.
    Thanks for the recipe Vicki and have a great week ahead 😀

  10. Mmmm…your dressing is just the way I like it…oil and vinegar and celery seeds!!! Although, I won’t pass up the creamy version, either 🙂 Beautifully done, Vicki!

  11. That slaw looks beautiful and the leftover use of the slaw and the beef ribs is even great.

  12. How fun! I always want to make “rainbow” something for my kids. I didn’t think that it’s possible to make rainbow salad (I always thought I had to bake something to get rainbow colored something). Looks delicious and fun!

  13. Vicki, this slaw is so fun and gorgeous! I would love to add this to fish tacos or on top of grilled meats for something colorful and super flavorful! Thanks for sharing.

    • This would be fantastic on fish tacos – great idea! Let me know how they taste when you make them. In fact, I’d love to see a photo. Thank you for your comment.

  14. Looks so pretty and delightful, Vicki! I love all those colors…perfect salad for any summer picnic…although I admit I’m a creamy dressing kind of gal 😉

    Sounds like you had a beautiful day…that is just my kind of mini holiday.


  15. Dear Vicki,

    The ribs and beautiful slaw are a July 4th meal at its best.

    I love the slaw just the way you prepared it. I too prefer it without the mayo.

    The leftovers sound like a perfect way to be used.

    I love leftovers.

    Blessings dearest. Catherine xox

    • I love leftovers as well. My husband prefers leftovers. In fact, oftentimes he won’t eat what I make the day I prepare it, instead he’ll have it for breakfast or dinner that next day. I hope you’ll try this.

  16. What a gorgeous, colorful dish! Love it!

  17. A fabulous looking salad…so vibrant and fresh!

  18. It really does look like a rainbow, Vicki. I recently made a coleslaw using purple cabbage because I think it adds a lot of colour to the table. Your 4th of July menu is wonderful and it sounds like you had a very relaxing day xx

  19. Mmh, that sounds mouthwatering, Vicki!
    Crunchy, full of flavor and very versatile.

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