At home as a child, we used to make coleslaw by putting cabbage, carrots, and a little onion through a meat/nut grinder. The dressing was mayonaise, vinegar, sugar and salt. Now we just slice with a knife or grater, about as thick as a nickel. If you add the salt when slicing the cabbage, one draws out the natural juice of the cabbage. This then mixes with the other dressing ingredients to marinate the slaw. One can also mix in slivered peppers or add lemon juice or fresh dill. Low-cal dressing is simple--just vinegar, salt, and honey. (Or if you're out of mayo) Approximate proportions for a dressing are 1/2 c. mayonaise, 2 tbs. vinegar or lemon juice, 2 tbs. honey, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix it up, taste, and adjust as you like.