Ellen's Kitchen recommends preparing 3 or 4 gallons of coleslaw for a gathering of 100 people. This amount of coleslaw requires about 20 pounds of cabbage.
Coleslaw is a salad made of shredded cabbage that sometimes includes a mixture of other fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, peppers or onions. Some coleslaw recipes mix these ingredients with a vinegar-based dressing, but others call for dressings made from mayonnaise, cream, buttermilk or sour cream. The salad is often prepared as a side dish to accompany fried chicken or barbecued meat, and it is sometimes served as part of a sandwich.