January 18, 2017

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Creamy Jamaican Coleslaw: In most places coleslaw is a summertime salad, but why not eat it year-round? It’s great to serve alongside most anything you put on the grill: jerk chicken, grilled fish, etc. But it’s also good  beside curry chicken or curry goat. Coleslaw is a very easy salad to make, once you’ve shredded the cabbage and carrots that is. Even though I still shred and grate by hand – I’m old-fashioned, you know – I suggest using a food processor for a quicker job. This recipe is on the sweet side, just how Jamaicans like it! But I suggest you add sugar to taste. If you can, make it a few hours ahead so that the ingredients can marinate together for a salad full of flavour!

If you prefer a vinaigrette dressed coleslaw without dairy, click here for my tangy Jamaican coleslaw recipe


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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.



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    Jeanne Papadakos
    August 18, 2013

    Thank you Fay! I made this tonight. Absolutely delicious. I have also gotten rave reviews for your jerk chicken. Thank you for sharing these recipes.

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    Aldene Tully
    August 20, 2013

    Thanks for this recipe. Reminds me of my dinners on Sunday as a child. I will keep for a very long time.

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    November 5, 2013

    Just made this today too!!!! i always love jamaican coleslaw because its sweet!

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    November 28, 2013

    Found this just in the nick of time, Ms. Fay. I will be using this on Thanksgiving day. Yippee!

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    December 7, 2013

    Love this website. I am from Bermuda and some of the recipes are local favorites. With the exception of the sour cream the coleslaw is how my grandmother and mother have taught me to make it. I will try the sour cream next time. I also add crushed pineapple to my coleslaw for a more tropical flavor. Yummy!!

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    Tracy Burke
    March 2, 2014

    I am so glad that I found you! I have added your Web site to my favorites on Pinterest. My Husband will be delighted to eat Jamaican, good Jamaican, food regularly. Thank you for sharing your love of food with your daughters and other Mothers daughters. My day can’t get any better! By the way, fried cat fish is for dinner tonight with plantains and your creamy coleslaw.

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