Shrimp Coleslaw Recipe


Shrimp Coleslaw salad is so easy to make and is absolutely refreshing to eat and so wonderful tasting.  Every time I serve this Shrimp Coleslaw Salad to my family and friends, it is a big hit and I never have any left over.

What exactly is a coleslaw salad?  It is a salad consisting mainly of finely-shredded raw cabbage.  The term coleslaw came from the Dutch term koolsla, meaning cabbage salad.  My mother, Dorothy Hagerman, made this coleslaw salad for all our family gatherings.

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Shrimp Coleslaw


Shrimp Coleslaw Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: Shrimp Coleslaw Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (top quality)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 small head (4 cups) cabbage, finely chopped or shredded*
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups small shrimp (fresh or frozen) cooked and deveined**
  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, and pepper; stir until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Preparing Cabbage:  

  3. A fast and easy way to remove leaves from cabbage is to cut around the core at the base of the cabbage.  Remove the core and grasp each individual cabbage leaf at its base, rather than at the leaf's outer edge.  Gently lift the cabbage leaf from the cabbage.

  4. To shred the cabbage by hand, quarter and then core the cabbage.  Separate the cabbage quarters into stacks so leaves will flatten when pressed lightly.  Use a large knife to cut each stack of cabbage diagonally into thin shreds.  To chop the cabbage, turn the pile of shredded cabbage widthwise, then cut the cabbage shreds into a fine dice.  If you are making a large Coleslaw salad, it is easier if you use a mandoline, instead of a knife, to slice the cabbage.

  5. For a crisper cabbage for salads, shred the cabbage and soak it in salted ice water for 15 minutes and then drain.

  6. In a large bowl, combine chopped cabbage, celery, onion, and shrimp; add prepared mayonnaise mixture and stir until well blended.  

  7. Refrigerate until serving time.

  8. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

* Purchasing Cabbage:  Always choose fresh cabbage by weight, not the size of the cabbage head.  Choose firm heads that feel heavy for their size.  Outer leaves should look fresh, have good color, and be free of blemishes.  

** Learn how easy it is to devein and cook shrimp.


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