Perfect Picnic Vinegar Slaw

Remember last fall how I ranted about Mike never taking me to an apple orchard to go apple picking in the fall? Then remember how I ended up tagging along with my sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews? And finally, remember how Mike didn’t even go with? Well! I thought of another thing Mike and I have never done together: go on a picnic.

I fear however, that as my pregnant belly gets bigger, I may have missed the window of being able to get up from the sitting position in the grass without the help of a small forklift. I just always thought it would be so cute to pack a picnic and go to a local forest preserve with Mike and Weezer in tow. We would spend the afternoon eating foods out of cute mason jars and laying on the blanket staring at the clouds and guessing what shape each cloud resembles. Sigh…sounds pretty fantastic, right?

Somehow I don’t see my real life version of a picnic going as smoothly. I am sure we would forget something imperative like silverware back home and be forced to eat with our hands. I can also see an ant hill being conveniently located beneath our blanket and then said ants would launch an all-out attack on our cute setup. I could also see Mike having some allergic reaction to the grass or something. I am sure Weezer would find the only puddle of mud to roll in and get all smelly and dirty…


Maybe there is a reason Mike has avoided picnics through our entire relationship. Maybe we would just be better off making picnic food and eating al fresco in the comfort of our patio furniture. Yep, I think I just planned our weekend, Mike!

Perfect Picnic Vinegar Slaw

Course Salad/Side
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Celery Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Red Onion very thinly sliced
  • 6 Cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 3 Large Carrots peeled and grated
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper very thinly sliced


  1. Add vinegar, sugar, salt, celery salt, and black pepper to large mason jar. Shake to combine.
  2. Use a mandolin to thinly slice the red onion, cabbage, and red bell pepper. Use the second thinnest setting. Be very careful.
  3. Grate the carrots. In a large bowl, mix together the onion, carrot, cabbage, and red pepper. Add the mixture to the mason jar with the dressing. Shake to coat. Refrigerate for at least forty minutes and up to an entire overnight. Jar will be ready for picnic; just remember to pack forks and tongs for serving.

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  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    August 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Your picnic fantasy sounds romantic. Now I want to go on a picnic. Psht, that’s never going to happen. Squirrel isn’t a romantic picnic person. This slaw sounds yummy!

  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    August 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Patio picnics are where it’s at anyway! All the fun of being outdoors, coupled with the convenience of being a few steps from home. Love this slaw.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    August 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Alex just looked at the picture of this and said, “Is that slaw?” and then made a hungry noise. That is all.

    • Stefanie
      August 3, 2013 at 7:59 am

      I’ll take that as a compliment?

  • Susan
    August 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    you are too funny! I like your picnics though. Any time we go to the park with the pug, it’s one of us eating while the other holds on to him for dear life. That guy likes to wander. p.s. This is my type of slaw, can’t stand all the gloop of the mayo.

    • Stefanie
      August 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Weezer is a wanderer too! And I also hate all the mayo in coleslaw.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    August 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    All I can now do is picture you with an adorable baby belly. That sounds weird but it’s true lol

    • Stefanie
      August 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      I wouldn’t say adorable. Hahaha.