North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad {Slaw}

North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad {Slaw}
One of my favorite places to eat while I was growing up in Southern California was Northwood’s Inn. In my teens my friends and I would have escapades at The Northwoods Inn, in Covina, CA. It was a boisterous place where we threw peanut shells on the floor, could laugh and make noise, as we celebrated before and after dances, and had enjoyable food. I remember how amazing the red slaw they served along-side steaks, chicken and ribs was. I worked to duplicate it, North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad and I have been making it ever since. They are still there, and tout that, “our customers would go nuts if we took the Red Cabbage Salad off the menu!”

Well, this crazy good salad is light and easy.  I’m excited to share it with you, but first let me introduce you to this little guy!

Meet our new baby, Sam!
Take two redheads, add two more redheads, and create a furry everywhere you go!
Big brother, Carter was so thrilled baby Sam is here and he looks just like baby Carter did. I love his wiggly-tiny toes and soft, fuzzy, hairline. What a sweet, special little family. I’m so happy for them…
and for me!
Being a grandma is the best time of life even with the wrinkles and color-less old hair! It’s hard for me to believe how fast life is whizzing by. Seems like just yesterday I was a young girl, dating and having the time of my life, with few cares! I wouldn’t go back though, for all the world…how ’bout you?
Which brings me back to a red-hot head of cabbage!
I just adore North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad and it’s perfect for summer picnics and potlucks. I love the bright color it adds to any plate and the fact that you can make it ahead and then let it chill.  We think it gets better with age.

North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad {Slaw}

You can chop away, or use a food processor…notice I’ve worn a hole in my pulse button! Can’t live without it! You’ll need a big beautiful red head of cabbage. Cut it up and shred away. I use my #2 blade to make half of it real fine and the #4 blade to make half more coarse. It’s just more interesting.
My processor is a 11 cup model and I fill my bowl twice, dumping it into a large covered salad bowl.
Make a delicious, fresh dressing, or use your favorite Italian brand…my man likes the zesty-Italian brand. I make it both ways and it’s always enjoyed and admired by all…either way it’s super easy!
Cover the cabbage in the bowl and toss. Next I put the lid on and toss it around too, just to make sure all the cabbage is covered with dressing so it can marinate. Now tuck it in the fridge to blend and soften for most of the day or preferably overnight.
Serve it with almost anything. It’s marvelous along side all the traditional, potato salads, coleslaw, pasta and fruit salads. This recipe is often requested by friends and family alike. When I tell them how to make it they don’t believe I’m giving them the full recipe because it’s so simple…but I do, I promise this is all I ever do!  Here’s to red hot parties and picnics all summer long.
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North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad {Slaw}
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Fabulous and easy, North Woods Inn Red Cabbage Salad is one of the best slaws out there. It's a light and tasty change from heavy salads. Take it to picnics and potlucks all summer long!
Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10 servings
  • 1 large head of red cabbage
  • 1 cup oil, I use canola or olive
  • 1 cup plus 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar (or I use about 1 dropper of liquid stevia)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  1. Shred cabbage and mix all dressing ingredients together, or use a bottle of your favorite Italian dressing.
  2. Refrigerate most of the day or overnight to allow flavors to mellow, cabbage to soften, and to achieve the deep red color.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Debbie

    I will make this THIS week. I dislike mayonnaise so traditional cole slaw is just not one of my favorites. I’m always looking for something more vinegar tasting. Score with this one!

    And saving the best for last…
    BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL grandbaby and entire little red head family! I love red hair so much and give my girls a cheeky look every time I spot a red headed young man in the “potential” category.
    You are very blessed!

  2. Julie Harward

    Being a grandma is worth the aging…I wouldn’t trade it for anything either, it’s the best! Such a sweet baby, beautiful hair! I have a daughter with red hair and my grandpa had it too. Everywhere we went people would ask my daughter (at every age)…where oh where did you get that red hair? So I wrote a poem for her with that question as the title!
    I love this salad, am going to try it too, perfect for summer..thanks! Come say hi 😀

  3. LDH

    Beautiful new baby, beautiful family AND beautiful Grandma!!! Congratulations to all!

  4. Joe Ambrosino

    Love the family pictures. My wife won’t eat cole slaw, so I’ll store the idea for company.

  5. Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥

    Oh, what a sweet, precious baby Sam is! I just LOVE to see babies with red hair. It reminds me of my 2 youngest daughters when they were babies and had that fuzzy red hair. (My husband has brown hair and I have blond). They are older now (18 and 16) and have varying shades of ‘strawberry blond’ hair. They have always gotten compliments about their hair. When they were little girls it drove them crazy! :0) LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving such wonderful words of encouragement. I am really struggling right now with all that is going on in my life, especially with my Granny being so sick. Your comment was so very sweet and uplifting. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it. Thanks, too, for following. I hope you will come back by really soon.

    In the meantime, I pray you and your precious family have a wonderfully blessed week.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Teresa <><

    ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥

  6. Anonymous

    I am a redhead my 38 yr old son is a redhead
    my 31 yr old daughter us a strawberry blonde
    my grandbaby she is a blonde with just a tint
    of. Sure are not many of us in the world.

    NE Ohio

  7. Grannys Attic

    Beautiful baby and love the red hair! Thanks for the recipe will try tomorrow. It sounds very good and refreshing. Being a grandma is the best! Blessings, Vicky

  8. Self Sagacity

    Beautiful red-hair family. Red cabbage dressing sounds so good.

  9. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    Gorgeous family and the salad looks great! Where do you find the liquid stevia? Found you at Crazy Daisy.

  10. gnee

    Stevia Extract (liquid) is an all-natural herb, that is zero calories. I have found it at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Fred Meyer. A 2 oz. bottle with a dropper runs between $8.00 to $10.00. I buy an 8 oz bottle that I use as a refill for around $16.00. I think it’s great stuff and have used it often in my recipes on this blog.

    Good luck in finding it!


  11. Julie

    Beautiful baby!!! Time does seem to fly even faster the older we get 🙂

    The slaw looks yummy!!

  12. LisaDay

    Congrats on your latest addition to your family. Stopping in from Ma, What’s for Dinner.


  13. Val

    Yum, This looks wonderful. I love your blog.

  14. Nancy

    I’m not a Grandma yet, but I know I would not go back to my younger days either! I have six children, five still at home and the oldest just moved into his first apartment. I am excited to be a Grandparent one day and have always heard it’s the best time of life!
    Please come by my blog…you won one of my Giveaways! Congratulations!

  15. Cheryl

    Congratulations – what a cute red family! And thank you for this – I have all that stuff at home. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  16. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Congratulations, best wishes to all-how exciting!
    I love cabbage and this slaw looks great!

  17. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm

    What a gorgeous little family!

    I love this recipe….red cabbage is gorgeous and this fits right into my low carb lifestyle (with the stevia). I am making this SOON 🙂


  18. Natasha

    Congratulations to you all! What a beautiful family. You must be so very proud.

    Best wishes and happy 4th of July!

  19. Jerri

    What a lovely family! Congrats on the new addition! And your recipe sounds great too!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!


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