Cheese slaw

Cheese slaw is a salad and side dish consisting of cheddar cheese, carrot, mayonnaise, and sometimes cabbage. Other cheeses such as blue and Swiss are occasionally used in its preparation, and additional vegetable ingredients are sometimes used. Its origins can be traced to Townsville in north Queensland, Australia, and to Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.[1] It is a common and popular dish in Broken Hill restaurants and households. Cheese slaw is also consumed in some areas of the United States.

Cheese slaw
Cheese slaw prepared with blue cheese
Alternative namesCheeslaw
Place of originBroken Hill, NSW Australia
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsGrated cheese, grated carrots, spring onion mayonnaise
Similar dishesColeslaw
Other informationServed as a side dish and as a hot dog topping


Cheese slaw is prepared using grated cheese, crumbled or cubed cheese,[1][2] grated carrot, and a mayonnaise dressing.[3][4] Cheese slaw is very similar to some coleslaw recipes, but is distinguished by the inclusion of cheese.[3] Cheddar cheese is typically used in the salad's preparation, although other cheeses such as blue and Swiss are sometimes used.[1][5] It often does not contain cabbage, as per coleslaw, although cabbage is occasionally used.[2] Cheese slaw may contain other vegetables, such as chives, spring onions, shallots, parsley,[4] and broccoli.

In the United States, cheese slaw is sometimes prepared using blue cheese, and is sometimes used as a hot dog dressing.[1][6][7] In addition to the base ingredients, cabbage is also sometimes used in U.S. versions of the dish.[8] U.S. versions have also been prepared using blue cheese salad dressing, instead of mayonnaise.[8]


The origin of cheese slaw has been somewhat disputed.[1] Cheese slaw dates to at least 1939 in Australia, when a recipe for it was printed in the Townsville Daily Bulletin, a newspaper published in Townsville, Queensland.[1] The recipe was for a "ham and cheese slaw", and included shredded cabbage, cubed cheese, julienne ham, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and mustard.[1] Cheese slaw recipes were also published in the Australian Women's Weekly, a monthly women's magazine, in 1946 and 1966.[1]

Some people claim that cheese slaw originated in Broken Hill, New South Wales.[1] Cheese slaw is found extensively in Broken Hill, where it is served in restaurants, prepared in households, and has been stated to be "ingrained in the local diet".[1] It has been served in Broken Hill cafes and milk bars since the second half of the 20th century.[1] In Broken Hill, it is typically served as a side dish.[1] Some people in Broken Hill top barbecued chicken with cheese slaw, which causes the cheese to melt.[1]

See also

  • List of cheese dishes
  • List of salads


  1. Back, Alexandra (May 19, 2015). "The salt and peppered history of cheese slaw". ABC Broken Hill. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  2. Adler, K.; Fertig, J. (2006). Weeknight Grilling with the BBQ Queens: Making Meals Fast and Fabulous. Harvard Common Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-55832-314-8.
  3. Layne, Marianne (12 October 2003), "Salads of the World", The Advertiser, pp. 30–31
  4. Back, Alexandra (May 21, 2015). "A nutritional analysis of cheese slaw". ABC Broken Hill. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  5. "Daytime Kitchen: Cheese Slaw". WSLS. March 23, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  6. Fodor's Travel Publications, I. (2013). Focus Charleston: With Hilton Head and the Lowcountry. Fodor's in Focus Charleston. Fodor's Travel Publications. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-89141-967-9.
  7. Raskin, Hanna (September 17, 2014). "Summerville's Perfectly Frank's is up for sale". Post and Courier. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  8. Zearfoss, Jonathan (June 29, 1993). "Recipes fit bill for July 4 celebration". Daily News. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
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