Crunchy Refrigerator Salad


Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

I love cold vinegar salads like my Fire and Ice Salad. I could honestly dive into a vat of that stuff, but that salad really needs to be eaten within a few days and I was looking for something that would last longer in the fridge so I could always have it on hand. So I developed a spinoff salad using veggies that will stay crunchy longer, with a light coating of a dressing based on the same principle – but with a little added kick .

I’ve been enjoying this for the past few days! ย And hey, I did this whole tutorial from my wheelchair! How cool is that?

Let’s get mixing!

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

You’ll need: Matchstick carrots (or diced, or baby, or crinkle cut), an onion, coleslaw mix, and some broccoli and cauliflower florets.


Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Some sugar, white vinegar, Italian dressing mix (dry), and a little water.

Now for anyone who has never had a salad like this before, you might think that the sugar will make it sweet but it doesn’t. The sugar is just there to offset the vinegar slightly. It is still a good vinegar taste to it, but with this amount of sugar, it keeps your face from puckering :)

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Chop your onion.

I had to do this when my husband was home, know why? Because I can’t reach the plates!

I keep asking him to put one of each type of dish on the counter before he goes to work but with all he is juggling right now, he often forgets.

This is not the best time to be married to me :)

Remind me, if I ever build a home to make a wheelchair accessible butler’s pantry.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Dump all of your veggies into a large bowl along with onion. Mix that up pretty good.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Mix together water, vinegar, sugar, and Italian dressing mix.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Pour your dressing over the salad.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Stir until well coated.

This isn’t going to seem like enough dressing but as it sits, the veggies will create more water and we will stir it every now and then until it is ready to eat. You’ll be surprised!

However, if you want to add more, add an extra 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup sugar.

Note though, that I do not do this because my goal is to just have a light coating on the veggies.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Cover that and let it sit out for an hour.

Stir really well and then refrigerate all day or overnight.

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad - keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

Eat whenever you like!

This will keep for up to a week and makes a great snack, side dish for supper, or quick lunch!

I’m eating some right now :)

Crunchy Refrigerator Salad
  • 14 ounces coleslaw mix
  • 12 ounces broccoli and cauliflower florets
  • 10 ounces matchstick carrots (or 1 cup and ½ of diced carrots)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • .7 ounce package of dry Italian Dressing Mix (enough to make 8 ounces of dressing)
  1. In very large bowl, combine all vegetables.
  2. In 2 cup measuring cup, pour water, vinegar, sugar, and dressing mix. Stir for a few minutes until well combined and sugar begins to dissolve (it won't dissolve completely at this point).
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and stir well to coat. Cover and let sit at room temp for one hour. After one hour, stir again, cover and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving, stir well. Will keep in fridge for up to a week. It actually gets better as the week goes on!

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . .I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

~Philippians 4: 12-13


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      • Bill says

        We had big family reunions on our farm in Missouri. It would rotate every year to a different family. My mother had 9 sisters and they were all pro’s in the Kitchen. Everyone would bring a “dish” or two and we would have a feast on a Sunday afternoon. Chicken, catfish, ham, potato salad, pickled beats and onions, deviled eggs, pinto beans, corn on the Cobb watermelon and pies and cakes that were heavenly. One of my Mom’s sisters specialties was cornbread salad. I forgot all about it until I saw this today. It was so good, and now I have the recipe. Boy I miss those days, I’m 70 now and have lived my entire adult life in big cities, but I’m still a country boy when it comes to food. Hope you receive this, I don’t Facebook , twitter,etc. but I love your articles, hope you get well soon.

  1. Mickey says

    This looks fabulous. I am going to make it Weight Watchers friendlly by leaving out the sugar and using Splenda. I love all the recipes. I wish I could use more of them but until I get to goal, I will have to settle for only the recipes I can covert to point friendly. Please post morfe tasty but healthy recipes for us girls who are trying to get back in our skinny jeans.

    • says

      Oh I’ve got all kinds of them! I posted several sugar free pies over the summer and a sugar free whipped salad dessert last week and there are oodles of fresh veggie recipes and such on Southern Plate. It’s so easy to eat yummy food and lose weight, I find, as long as you stock up on plenty of good options so it’s handy :)
      Wishing you the best in your endeavor, you can do it!

  2. Sally Kutter says

    Christy, my husband is in a wheelchair, he finds those grabber things you can buy in the drugstores very helpful for reaching. Love you and saying prayers, for you and your family.

    • says

      Thank you so much, Barb! that big bowl is a big old Snowflake Garland Pyrex one, with a lovely glass lid. The other ones were a gift from a friend but don’t they go so perfectly with the pyrex?
      I have some friends who are doing some guest posts for me coming up to help compensate for my down time, but I’ll still be here as well and am so grateful you are, too!

  3. Debara says

    This is going to be on my try this week list. I really enjoy the Fire and Ice salad and I have been making it a visit to the South about 30 years ago. I find it stays crispy for about a week but I switch-out the dressing about day 4 to keep it clear. (I’m the only one who eats it and it takes about a week for me to finish a bowl) So glad I found Southern Plate. Hope you are mended soon. I hear you about the wheel chair height thing. Needs to be done in my home too.

  4. Jo's Kitchen says

    Ms Christy, call a neighbor, friend, or relative and have them get you a “grabber”! It’s a weird looken contraption. It is about 3 or 4 foot long with a handle and trigger on one end, and a pair of small round rubber cups on the other end. When you squeeze the trigger, you are squeezing the rubber cups together to grab an item. I am wheelchair bound and by using this thing, I can get plates, cans, bottles and containers from the tops shelves. (There is a weight limit on how much you can pick up with these.)
    I bought mine from Wal-Mart several years ago, but I’m sure Lowes, Home Depot, or one of the other fix-it stores carry them as well.
    Keep a smile on face, peace in your mind, and joy in your heart
    Jo’s Kitchen

    • Mama Jane says

      i have some mobility issues that keep me from reaching/bending stuff (ra/lupus) and I loved my “grabber”. I lost one of the cups and screws to mine and I sure need to go buy me another one. i can attest to how handy it comes in!

  5. dixie says

    I love your bowl, I also have some that looks to be the same size and two more. One smaller and one larger.
    The largest one I made bread in, and it got broke years ago and I never have found one like it to replace it. We received them as a wedding gift 39 years ago’s and I love them a lot. I had a total of 4 in my set, I still use the three of them when our family come home. Thank you for all you do to make cooking so much fun for our family. God bless

  6. Susan N says

    Christy, please do the slaw like is on Mullins slaw dogs. It will be an easy one or you as well. Esp. if you make it with a jar of salsa. (salsa slaw instead of tomato hot slaw) Good on bbq too. Early on i emailed you when you started your blog and you, your Mama and Grandma i think were going to Mullins that day.

  7. Faye Smith says

    Hi Christy! Hope your recovery is speedy. I can’t tell you how much I love your website; just told a lady I met in Sam’s this past week end about the website and the great instructions you give for even the simplest recipes (some of us really need that!!). This recipe sounds delicious – I plan to try it soon!

  8. Linda Neal says

    Blessings on this cool overcast Friday her in North Carolina. Please enter me in this drawing for this great food processor. Love and prayers that God will meet your every need.

  9. Debara says

    I made a big bowl of this to have for supper yesterday. It was OK but I much prefer my Fire and Ice salad. I can add cauliflower,, broccoli etc to it and it comes out mmm, mmm, mmm. I’m still going to keep on trying new salads, because I serve one at every evening meal.

  10. Tracy says

    Made this and let it sit for a day — then served it tonight with chicken and dumplings, fried okra, deviled eggs, cantaloupe, sliced tomatoes and rolls. Everybody loved it! BIG hit here — thanks for ANOTHER great recipe!

  11. Sallie J. says

    Christy, my husband recently purchased your Southern Plate Cookbook for me, for my Kindle Fire. I love the way you “teach” step by step, as I don’t feel that cooking is my Forte. And I want to start feeling more comfortable in the kitchen. You are a blessing….so sorry to hear about your accident and I pray that you will heal well. I just made this salad this evening and it is now in the fridge…and will check it out for dinner tomorrow…I was wondering about when or when not to add “oil” to dressings like this…..Thank you so much for all of your encouragement..I love your website! God bless!

    • says

      Hey Sallie! I am so glad to hear that you got the cookbook and are enjoying it!! The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require you to use any oil (waist friendly!). Even though the package calls for it as an ingredient you don’t use it in this instance.

  12. PeggyJ says

    We loved this slaw recipe. It’s just my husband and I/me (whatever) and we had it all eaten up in about 3 days. So good! Thanks again for a great recipe. Hope you are feeling better & healing fast!

  13. Lora Roberts says

    Worked so much lately, I am just now catching up on some of the daily emails. Need to make this for sure – the Snowflake Garland is on my “want” list. Know where one is for sale, maybe with the extra money on my check this week :)

  14. says

    I make a cucumber salad that involves boiling water, sugar, white vinegar, salt, and dill together, then pouring it over sliced cucumbers and refrigerating. It’s very good. This looks like a similar idea and I even have a packet of Italian dressing mix in the pantry. Never actually used it for salad dressing, I always use it as coating (along with parmesan cheese and garlic powder) for baked chicken breasts. Quick question, since I know you use Splenda a lot- does this turn out okay with Splenda instead of sugar? I prefer my salads less sweet anyway and am considering trying this with 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 2 1/2 tablespoons Splenda.

  15. Carol Cawvey says

    Hi Christy,
    I just found your site and am totally enjoying the recipes.
    I too am in a wheelchair. I have been since 2000. I decided to move my kitchen around. By that I mean that all of my everyday items like plates, cups bowls etc I placed in the bottom cabinets. I had slide drawers put in so I can see them better. The items like boxes of food, pastas etc, I put in upper cabinets where I use a grabber or reacher stick.
    I live alone and I love to cook and bake. So, you just have to devise your own system for doing things.
    Good Luck!

  16. says

    Made this a few days ago with no onions and only 2 tablespoons of sugar. We really like it! It has the perfect amount of sweetness for us. It’s been in the fridge for, let’s see, 4 days counting the day I make it, and it’s still great. As you said, it’s actually getting better!

  17. Sue Williams says

    Christy, I love your sweet spirit and enjoy trying your recipes. This is the first one that I didn’t like. :( I love all the ingredients, so I was excited to try it and be able to have it for up to a week. It was too sweet (to me), and I really didn’t like the taste the Italian dressing gave it. I am used to making all dressings from scratch with fresh ingredients, so that could have been the problem. I found it NEEDED seasoning of some sort, and I thought it might have benefited from some added oil. Nothing I tried redeemed it.

  18. Mandy Weller says

    This is my Go To Glad To Be Home Comfort Food. Sigh…..nuttiness like beingb Ty thankful for your lil blessed house even if the laundry ain’t done :) Thanks so much Christy for a super easy, yet delicious side dish recipe…We luv ya bunches up here in West Virginny. Please Come stay a spell n visit anytime!!!

  19. Diane says

    I LOVE your recipes, your blog and your great sense of humor! However, please delete or do something with the videos that play over and over on your page. Very distracting and honestly, a bit irritating. There’s no way to turn them off! :)

  20. Elisa says

    Bought the veggies for this today thinking I had a packet of Italian dressing mix in the pantry. I do not :( I do have a packet of ranch dressing mix, do you think that would work? We live a distance away from the store and don’t want to make a trip just for that. Was really looking forward to giving this a try, I love cold veggie salads.

      • Elisa says

        Thank You! Just whipped it right up and it tastes great! The ranch packets are a bit bigger so its very flavorful. I used baby carrots that we had on hand and chopped the broccoli into smaller pieces. My 3 year old daughter was helping in the kitchen and saw the big bag of broccoli and asked if I was making her that for dinner. So instead of the whole bag, I used half and cut them into small pieces. That way I can use the other half for dinner tonight – she LOVES broccoli!
        I will still have to give it a try with the Italian dressing packet, but for now it is amazing! I will try to send a pic of it to your facebook page so you can see. Thank You so much!!!

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