gertrude houlihan’s coleslaw

One of my favorite summer salads/coleslaws is Gertrude Houlihan’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw. It’s an old recipe from the newspaper that my mother’s been making for years and now, it’s a staple in our summer meals. I’ve shared the recipe on the blog a long time ago, but it’s so good that it deserves the spotlight. (I’d like to think my photography has improved a bit too since then!)

If you aren’t familiar with napa cabbage, it is kind of a cross between regular, green cabbage and lettuce and I just love the texture. It is more lettuce than cabbage, but holds up to dressing well, just like cabbage.

This is the perfect coleslaw for summer cookouts or simply as a side to a grilled dinner.

I’m not sure who Gertrude Houlihan is, but I’m sure glad I’ve got her coleslaw recipe.

Gertrude Houlihan's Coleslaw
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: salad, side
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 medium head of napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • salt & pepper
  1. Layer cabbage and blue cheese. Chill.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients until emulsified.
  3. Toss dressing with cabbage and serve.


  1. says

    i love the concept of this site. Who would of thought that nutritionist actually eat? haha. i love how you lighten everything up without compromising flavour!

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