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How to Make Coleslaw

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A great make-ahead Summer salad, this Coleslaw Recipe goes together in just 5 minutes with a creamy homemade Coleslaw Dressing. 

Coleslaw in a bowl

Having an easy, go-to salad recipe for picnics, potlucks and cookouts is important. However, spending less time in the kitchen, so you can spend more time doing what you love is even more important. 

This easy Coleslaw recipe is one of those recipes that are a must-have in your recipe box. Everyone will love it and you will want to make it again and again. 

How to make Coleslaw

How to Make Coleslaw

The main part of coleslaw is the cabbage mix. You have two options – either purchase store bought Coleslaw Mix or cut your own cabbage and carrots. Either way is fine, to keep it simple and cut down on time, store bought is what I used for this Coleslaw Recipe. 

Next you will need Coleslaw Dressing. This is where all the flavor of the Coleslaw will come from. The Coleslaw Dressing in this recipe has the typical mayonnaise base with seasonings and cider vinegar, but it also has a a little kick from Dijon Mustard and extra flavor from lemon juice and onion powder. 

Coleslaw Dressing in mason jar mixed

The Coleslaw Dressing comes together in less than 5 minutes. You can use it right away on the cabbage mixture, or seal and keep it in the fridge for a few days until you are ready to use it. 

When you are ready to put together the Coleslaw, add the cabbage mix to a large bowl, and pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss until the cabbage is completely coated. 

Cook’s Tip: You can also add the dressing to the coleslaw mix in layers. Add half the cabbage mix to the bowl, then pour about half of the dressing on top. Then add the remaining coleslaw mix and the rest of the dressing. Then toss to coat. 

Pulled Pork Sliders with Coleslaw

What to Serve with Coleslaw

Once the coleslaw is ready, the serving options are endless. This classic Summer side dish makes it’s presence at most BBQ’s, family reunions and parties. 

It’s also best if made a day ahead, giving you more time to enjoy yourself the day of a party or cookout. If you don’t get around to preparing the Coleslaw the day ahead, be sure to give it at least a couple hours in the refrigerator before serving. 

Coleslaw can be served with a variety of main dishes like Pulled Pork Sliders, Burgers to Chicken, Pork to Tacos, Fish and more. 

Coleslaw Recipe in a bowl

Easy Coleslaw Recipes

While this Coleslaw Recipe is classic, you may also like to try these Coleslaw flavor variations: Cilantro Lime Coleslaw for Tacos, KFC Coleslaw Recipe, Memphis Style Coleslaw Recipe, Pineapple Coleslaw and Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

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How to make Coleslaw

Coleslaw Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This classic Coleslaw Recipe goes together in minutes and can be served with a variety of dishes.


  • 1 bag (14 oz) Coleslaw Cabbage Mix
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice


  1. Add mayo to wide mouth mason jar or other jar with lid
  2. Add mustard to jar
  3. Add all seasonings
  4. Add vinegar and lemon juice
  5. Add lid and shake until well combined
  6. Add half of coleslaw mix to large bowl
  7. Pour half of coleslaw dressing over mix
  8. Add rest of coleslaw mix
  9. Pour remaining dressing over mix
  10. Stir until well combined
  11. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve at least 2 hours
  12. Store leftovers in fridge


Coleslaw Dressing can be made ahead of time, sealed and stored in fridge.

For best results, make Coleslaw at least 2 hours before serving - 24 hours is best.


  1. This is such an easy and delicious coleslaw. It was the perfect side dish with our pulled pork sandwiches the other night!

    1. Thanks Jocelyn! Glad you liked the Coleslaw!

  2. Perfect potluck side dish! So easy and always gone so fast!

  3. Always looking for a perfect Cole Slaw recipe and this is the one! Going on repeat for the entire summer.

    1. Thanks Kellie! It’s great to have an easy recipe for summer nights!

  4. Becky Hardin says:

    Such a easy and delicious coleslaw everyone will love.

    1. Thanks Becky! I hope your family loves it!

  5. So tasty! I’m probably the exception, but I prefer to drizzle the dressing on the coleslaw mix right before I eat it. My family thinks I’m weird, but I like it crunchy. I think it’s good with some sliced almonds tossed in as well!

    1. Thanks Kara! That’s a great idea, not sure why they think you are weird for drizzling the dressing!

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