Cole slaw has been an American side dish for centuries, but did you know it started out in New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony of America in the 1600’s? That’s right. It was a cabbage salad served alongside a plate of veal meatballs. It was called Kool-sla. It wasn’t until 1751, when a traveler commented on the dish to a friend in a letter with the phonetic Americanized spelling of cole slaw that it became famous.