New Jersey Diner Salad

Make this crunchy salad a day ahead for one fewer thing to do on gameday.  Similar to the salad served for many years at the Weequahic Diner in Newark, New Jersey.

New Jersey Diner Salad

Course Side
Cuisine Northeast
Keyword Rutgers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Author Adapted from


  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced


  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. NOTE: This salad needs to marinate at least 8 hours in the refrigerator. Make it the day before you plan to use it!

  2. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.

  3. Mix cabbage, onions, carrot, pepper, and cucumber in a large bowl.

  4. Top salad with the dressing, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate 8+ hours. Toss before serving and use slotted spoon for serving since water from the cabbage and cucumber collects in the bottom of the bowl.

Recipe Notes

This crisp, refreshing salad stays crunchy for about three days. Good thing since it makes a huge bowl!

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