Jacques Pepin’s Curried Coleslaw Recipe Review


Every year I throw a BBQ potluck party in the park for my birthday. My birthday weekend is always an incredibly busy weekend though (for instance this year I was at Maker Faire the day before my party), so while I want to make something homemade for the party I often have difficulty finding enough time to do so. Therefore I’m always looking for a simple easy recipe. A shrimp dip is usually my go-to dish, but since I’ve made it for so many parties, I wanted to try something different. I also have way too many cookbooks which I have barely put a dent in, so I decided to give a recipe from Jacques Pepin’s Essential Pepin a try.


  • cabbage
  • carrot
  • mayonnaise
  • cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt
  • poppy seeds
  • Tabasco sauce
  • curry powder

The Process

The bulk of time was spent chopping the cabbage and grating the carrot. I actually made a double portion of the recipe since I wanted to make sure I had enough for the party. Never let your guests go hungry! Also I figured there would be a lot of meats and sweets at the party, so bringing some vegetables seemed like a good idea.

Slaw ingredients
Slaw ingredients

Making the dressing was just a matter of throwing a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and mixing it together then dumping it all onto the veggies and mixing that thoroughly. I was done with this in less than half an hour, which was good because I started making it at 10pm haha and then I had chicken to marinate for the BBQ. I could probably have made this the next morning, but I thought giving it the chance to let the dressing sink in while it refrigerated overnight would make it taste even better.

Dressing ingredients
Dressing ingredients



Loved how the dressing came out! It was slightly curried, slightly sweet, and slightly tangy, really intriguing on the tastebuds. After it refrigerated overnight, the coleslaw was delicious. I really liked how the curry gave it a different spin on the usual coleslaw.

Curried coleslaw
Curried coleslaw

Final Thoughts

This recipe is perfect to make when you’re short on time. With the exception of the poppy seeds, I think it’s possible that you might already have the other dressing ingredients on hand. I think it worked perfectly as a side dish for a BBQ too but maybe that’s because we had a lot of chicken and coleslaw is one of the common sides at KFC haha.


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