Peggy’s Restaurant Cole Slaw

One of Mama Peggy’s most sought-after recipes. This is the recipe for the legendary cole slaw from Peggy’s Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, served for almost 30 years on sandwiches and as a side dish.

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Peggy's Restaurant Cole Slaw
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 10
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This is the recipe for the legendary slaw from Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina - one of Mama Peggy's most sought-after recipes.
  • ½ head cabbage
  • 1½ medium carrots
  • 1 medium sized bell pepper
  • ½ tbsp course ground pepper
  • ¼ tbsp fine ground pepper
  • ¼ tbsp salt
  • 1½ cup mayonnaise
  1. Strip the loose outer leaves from a medium sized cabbage and remove the core.
  2. Quartering the cabbage will make it easier to shred.
  3. Shred cabbage into a good-sized bowl using rough side of a grater, getting as much of the greener outer leaves as possible (it adds a little color to your slaw).
  4. Cut bell pepper into quarters and grate on top of cabbage, from the inside out. Grate to the skin, but don't grate the skin of the bell pepper. You mainly want the meat of the bell pepper, not the skin.
  5. Grate carrot on top of cabbage.
  6. You should wind up with enough carrot and bell pepper to cover the cabbage you've already grated, but not so much that it heaps up.
  7. Sprinkle mixture evenly with course ground pepper, find ground pepper and salt. My general rule is to shake each ingredient out as you move your hand quickly over the bowl, and then again as your hand comes back. That generally seems to be the right ratio. Do this for both kinds of pepper and salt.
  8. Spoon your mayonnaise onto the mixture and mix.
  9. You can mix everything with a spoon, but I've always done it with my hand. You'll quickly learn how to tell if there's enough mayonnaise by how dry the mixture feels to your hand.
  10. Generally speaking, when the mixture is right, the slaw will be just moist enough to have a wee bit of standing liquid, but not so much as to be runny. Just moist.
  11. And there you have it. Peggy's Restaurant cole slaw!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 233 Fat: 24 g Saturated fat: 3.6 g Unsaturated fat: 0.1 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sugar: 0.6 g Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 1.1 g Cholesterol: 9 mg

Serve up a bowl of the legendary Peggy’s Restaurant cole slaw at your next get-together and treat your guests with a bona fide Southern treat. This cole slaw goes well with fish, chicken or barbecue, and is amazing on a Carolina burger (that’s a cheeseburger with chili (that’s sandwich chili, not bean chili, ya heathen), mustard, slaw and onions). A staple of meals at Peggy’s Restaurant in the 1970’s to the 1990’s!


Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.


One Response to Peggy’s Restaurant Cole Slaw

  1. Victoria July 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    This is the best cole slaw I’ve ever had in my life. It’s simply wonderful….creamy, crunchy, flavorful…such a compliment to any meal, or alone in a dish. YUM!

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