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Classic Coleslaw Recipe

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Need a simple side dish? This Classic Coleslaw Recipe is the best! It tastes just like Mom and Grandma used to make! Perfect for a simple side dish for any meal!

I love the flavor of this easy coleslaw so much – and I also love how fast I can make it. It’s my go-to for summer BBQs and a fresh and refreshing taste at holiday dinners.

I’m a huge fan of coleslaw because I LOVE the crunch factor! There is nothing quite like it, so I always return for more!

Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Since you need 10 minutes to make this classic dish, what are you waiting for? It’s one of those dinner staples everyone loves and craves and is always a hit.

I buy my cabbage when it’s on sale and happily make this recipe! My boys love when I whip up a serving of these – and they’ll eat it on its own without the need for a main entree!

I also think that making it and letting it rest in the fridge briefly helps make the flavors even better!

What foods pair well with coleslaw?

Coleslaw is an excellent side dish option for almost any meal. The cool and creamy combination of shredded vegetables makes it the perfect accompaniment to flavorful proteins such as pulled pork, fried chicken, and crisp salads or sandwiches.

Coleslaw pairs wonderfully with lighter cuisines like fish tacos and grilled shrimp for a summery touch.

If you’re looking for something more comforting throughout the cooler months, it’s even great when served alongside hearty homemade soups or roasted vegetables.

Regardless of the season, coleslaw is sure to please any palate!

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Homemade Coleslaw Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Now that you know how simple it can be to figure out dinner wants and sides, why not give meal planning a try? This is a great way to stress less and save money!

Main Dish: Easy Tilapia and Mango Fish Tacos Recipe

Starch Side: Parmesan Steak Fries with Ranch

Refreshing Drink: Cotton Candy Mocktail Recipe

Don’t forget Dessert: Fun and Simple Beach Pudding Cups

Best Side Dish Recipes:

Once you make this Picnic Coleslaw Recipe, see what other delicious options you can make for more side dishes. There are so many out there – and I’ve gathered a few to share!

This Strawberry Salad Recipe is a great way to combine fresh fruit with a healthy bed of greens.

I’m a sucker for the flavor of this Pizza Mac and Cheese Recipe! Comfort food is the best!

You’ll be hooked on these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots!

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole is a must!

Any of these Thanksgiving Side Dishes would be great for a holiday table!

This simple Roasted Spring Vegetables recipe is one of the best!

I can’t get enough of this Loaded Baked Steak Fries Recipe!

Can you make coleslaw without mayonnaise?

Believe it or not, you don’t need mayonnaise to make delicious coleslaw! Creating a tasty slaw dish is easy with just a few simple ingredients.

Start with a crunchy cabbage base, then add other complementary vegetables such as shredded carrot, sliced bell pepper, or thin-sliced red onion.

For extra flavor, mix in some fresh herbs like parsley or dill.

Craft a tantalizing dressing with olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and some honey for sweetness.

Whisk together the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy. Pour your heavenly concoction over the slaw and toss delicately until evenly coated.

There you have it–creamy coleslaw without using an ounce of mayonnaise!

More Coleslaw Recipes:

Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Classic Coleslaw Recipe is a fast and easy recipe for any meal. Crunchy, easy, and delicious!


  • 1 16-ounce bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, celery salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix into the mixture and then top with dressing. Stir.
  3. Serve or place in the fridge until you are serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 509mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 4/7/2023

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