Layered Cole Slaw – Perfect for Potlucks and Family Gatherings


Layered Cole Slaw


This easy salad uses slaw mix, peas, bacon bits, water chestnuts and a simple homemade dressing.  It’s perfect for potlucks and family gatherings, but easy enough for a plain old weeknight.


Not only is this salad easy, it also holds up well.  Unlike the lettuce version (which is also fantastic), this one holds its shape.  You can make it early and it still tastes fresh later.

And if you have leftovers (unlikely if you take it to a potluck), it doesn’t go limp.  Even the next day the slaw stays crisp.

This is a common salad to find on the potluck table, but it’s usually made with lettuce.  Sometimes there are peas in it and sometimes cauliflower.  Both are wonderful!

Here’s what you’ll need:  

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Somehow, the peas didn’t make it into the photo.

Layered Cole Slaw – Perfect for Potlucks and Family Gatherings

Serves: 10-12 servings

  • 10 oz frozen peas
  • 16 oz slaw mix
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained
  • ¼ cup bacon bits
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Cook peas just a few minutes, drain and run under cold water.
  2. Layer slaw mix, peas, water chestnuts and bacon bits in a large bowl.
  3. In small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, parmesan, sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Spread dressing on top of salad.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Toss before serving.
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  1. Do you leave the chestnuts sliced? You don’t chop them?

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