Approximately 1 1/2 gallons plus one cup of coleslaw, or 25 cups, is needed to serve 50 people, assuming each serving is 1/2 cup. It takes between 10 and 12 pounds of raw cabbage to make 50 servings of coleslaw.
Coleslaw is a shredded cabbage salad, and there are a variety of ways to make it. To make 50 servings, the simplest coleslaw recipe would require 10 pounds of shredded cabbage, 1 quart of cream, and vinegar, salt and sugar to taste. A basic coleslaw recipe that makes enough coleslaw for 50 servings requires, in addition to the 10 to 12 pounds of shredded cabbage, 4 cups of shredded carrots, 2 cups chopped green peppers, 2 cups chopped green onions, 4 cups of salad dressing, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon salt.
To make 50 servings of creamy coleslaw requires, in addition to the cabbage, 12 chopped green peppers, 3 cups of white vinegar, 3 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper and 3 cups of mayonnaise. Coleslaw ingredients should be kept cold until used, and it should be mixed in a cold bowl. Coleslaw is often served as a side dish with meat, fish and sandwiches.