Clearman's Copycat Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe

Updated 7.16.20

Red Cabbage Slaw Clearman's Copycat Recipe

This Red Cabbage Slaw is delicious!!

Hubby and I are originally from the west coast.  We both grew up in Southern California, that's where we met and got married.  

We used to go to a restaurant in Covina, CA called Clearman's Northwoods Inn.  They have incredible food!  Their cheese bread is amazing.  The potatoes are massive and could be a meal all by itself.

With every dinner they serve a bowl of red cabbage and a bowl of regular salad that is drenched in a buttermilk ranch.  We loved to mix the two together!

I've been making this red cabbage copy cat recipe for over 5+ years now and it is so incredibly easy to make!!

Red Cabbage Slaw 
Clearman's Copycat Recipe

1 head of red cabbage
½ c. vegetable oil
½ c. red wine vinegar
3 Tbl. sugar
4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. season salt
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Cut cabbage into thin slices and place in a large bowl, that has a tight lid.

Cutting cabbage into thin slices

Mix the rest of the ingredients into a measuring cup.  Stir to dissolve. 

Dressing ingredients

Pour over cabbage.

Pouring dressing over cabbage

Place lid on bowl and seal.  Shake it up!  Then set it in the refrigerator.  Shake and mix it before every serving.

The first day it's good.  The second and third it gets better, by the fourth day it's at its best!

Red Cabbage Slaw

You really don't need any other dressing... But a bit of ranch on it is so yummy!

Red Cabbage Slaw Clearman's Copycat

Clearman's Copycat Cabbage Salad


  1. Northwood's Inn was my favorite restaurant when I lived in Covina in the 70's! My mouth was watering as I read your description of the salads, potatoes, cheese bread...absolutely the best! I can't wait to try the Red Cabbage Salad recipe.

    1. Hi Carol! Yay! Hubby and I got married in Covina! I'm so glad you found my blog! Hope you like it!

    2. me too! grew up close, love the cabbage salad.

    3. Awesome! It is sooo incredibly good! I think I need to make some soon!!

  2. I have used the same recipe for years with the exceptions of: 1. toss out the chunky white pieces of red cabbage while slicing 2.put everything except the oil in a plastic bag that you can seal, remove as much air from the bag as possible and squish and turn the bag several times a day while it is in the fridge. 3. don't add the oil until the 4th day because it will block the other ingredients from entering the cabbage.

    1. Hi Jim! Awesome! Sounds like an interesting way to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I might give it a go next time!

  3. I grew up in Covina until I was 12. Northwoods Inn was the place we always went for big family get togethers. Love this and I'm making it tonight!
    Thanks for the reminder and the recipe.

  4. I am going to try your recipe. It sounds delicious. I just got back from having lunch at Northwoods Inn in Covina. Also one of my old stomping grounds. Our parents would take us there for our birthdays. To this day I celebrate birthdays, anniversaries at Northwoods. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes! Same! I love that restaurant! When we travel back to CA, we love to go there.... very nostalgic for us!


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