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My whole life I assumed Coleslaw was a French word meaning “good on pulled pork sandwich.”  I was wrong.

Coleslaw, or a variation of a cabbage and vinegar based salad that involved eggs, has been consumed since Ancient Rome.  Modern variations take the egg and crank it up a notch by using mayonnaise instead of vinaigrette.

The origin of the term “Coleslaw” comes from the Dutch word, koolsla, which was a shortened version of the term koolsalade, which literally meant “Cabbage Salad.”  The change from “Koolsla” to “Coleslaw” came from Dutch immigrants to, you guessed it, America.  As a result, Coleslaw in its current form is largely considered an American culinary achievement, first appearing in American literature as early as 1785.

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