Coleslaw is a traditional side with almost any Southern meal or BBQ. Make this simple and classic recipe at home to enjoy anytime.

Simple Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw is a traditional side with almost any Southern meal or BBQ. Make this simple and classic recipe at home to enjoy anytime.

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Coleslaw is one of those foods that people seem to either love or hate. I’ve never heard someone say, “eh, coleslaw isn’t too bad” or, “I’ll eat coleslaw if I’m in the mood”. It’s either their favorite side to order, or it won’t be touched.

Before making this recipe, I was in the “won’t be touched” category. Vegetables are something I am still working on getting accustomed to eating all the time. The thought of coleslaw, which is almost all vegetables, just turned me away from it. And the only time I tried it in the past was a long time ago at a fast food place. I know, not the best first experience.

A couple of weeks ago I was working on a recipe that called for coleslaw. Since Justin and the boys do most of the grocery shopping, I asked him to pick up a bag of premade coleslaw. He came home without it because the store was completely out. I looked up some more information about coleslaw and decided we could try it on our own.

Fast forward to the next week, and we still hadn’t made the meal because of no coleslaw. I added the ingredients to make our own to the list, and we decided to give it a try.

I found this recipe online and based our homemade coleslaw on it with a few changes here and there. It was effortless to make, only taking about 10 minutes plus time for it to cool in the refrigerator before serving. And let me tell you, it made a LOT! I had to split it between two bowls because I had so much cabbage. It wouldn’t all fit in my regular mixing bowl.

We used the coleslaw for the recipe intended and also had it with our BBQ Burgers. We had so much, it was a side with every meal for the next couple of days. I tried it and actually liked it, which surprised even myself. The boys weren’t sold on it, but Justin and his parents and brother all said it was delicious.

The only feedback I received on the recipe was to make sure to cut the cabbage even thinner next time. Since I don’t usually eat coleslaw, I wasn’t sure how it should be cut. I used a regular knife, but may try to use my mandolin slicer next time to get a more uniform cut and be able to do it thinner without worrying about my fingers getting in the way!

Coleslaw Step by Step


  • 1 green cabbage (medium)
  • 1 red cabbage (small)


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp celery seed


To prepare the coleslaw, take both your green cabbage and red cabbage and slice them as thin as you can. You will also want to cut the slices at least in half so you don’t have really long pieces of cabbage in there. We bought a medium-sized cabbage (the store really only had one size) and the smallest red cabbage we could find.

Place all of the sliced cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Or, if it’s too much, split it in half into two bowls. Make sure that you divide it as evenly as possible since this also means you will have to divide the dressing between the two bowls.

For the dressing, add all of the ingredients in the bowl and stir to combine.

Add the dressing tot he cabbage and toss to coat.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate your coleslaw for at least 2-4 hours before serving it cold. The coleslaw should keep in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

Simple Classic Coleslaw Leftovers

Storage: Leftover coleslaw should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. It will last for up to about 3-5 days.

Serving: Before serving leftover coleslaw, mix the entire bowl again to make sure the dressing hasn’t settled to the bottom.


Originally Published On: May 22, 2019

Updated On: December 20, 2022

Coleslaw is a traditional side with almost any Southern meal or BBQ. Make this simple and classic recipe at home to enjoy anytime.


Coleslaw is a traditional side with almost any Southern meal or BBQ. Make this simple and classic recipe at home to enjoy anytime. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration 2 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Side Dish
Servings: 16 cups
5 from 7 votes


  • 1 green cabbage (medium)
  • 1 red cabbage (small)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp celery seed


  • Thinly slice the green and red cabbage and put in a large mixing bowl
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all dressing ingredients
  • Stir the dressing into the cabbage
  • Mix thoroughly until the cabbage is coated
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving cold
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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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34 thoughts on “Simple Classic Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. Coleslaw is a really popular salad in Australia – easy to put together and a great addition to normal salads when we have barbeque lunches. Yours looks great and I’m glad you’re finding ways to enjoy more vegetables in your diet – so important!

  2. 5 stars
    Yumm that looks so good!! I really enjoy fresh, chunky, and crunchy slaw, so this looks right up my alley! I had one at a BBQ restaurant this weekend that seems similar to yours and I loved it.

  3. I’m definitely going to try out this recipe! I feel like every single coleslaw recipe I try tastes completely different, LOL. It seems like the adults all liked this but not the kids so much but hey! You can’t please everyone right?!

  4. 5 stars
    ah! what’s not to love! It looks delicious and pretty healthy as well. I would swap the mayo for the vegan option and I’m sure it would still taste amazing!

  5. Though I’m also on the “will not touch” side of the coleslaw debate, I’ll try anything you endorse so sign me up for a big bowl of it! Here’s to expanding our horizons!

  6. Trần Quốc Hưng

    It is definitely an amazing recipe for vegans and the over-weight people! plus, the organic ingredients in this recipe would improve your health! I will try to make this salad for my family! Thanks for posting!

  7. I was totally in the won’t touch it category for years until last summer when I made it myself and got to mess around with the flavors and was presently surprised. You make me want to make it again.

  8. In Israel we usually make coleslaw a little different, sometimes without mayo at all.
    We cut it very fine and only use some olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
    I actually substitute mayo for faje yogurt in all dishes. It gives the same creaminess in my opinion.
    I think there’s plenty of cabbage salads you can make that aren’t coleslaw if you want to get some more veggies 🙂 Though this looks great, I love mixing it up and I understand the struggle of getting more veggies in haha…
    Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks interesting with the spices and mustard!

  9. 5 stars
    It has been a minute since I had some coleslaw. Currently enjoying getting used to less and less red meat. 2 months so far! So variety of plant-based recipes is top on my rader *saves the recipe to Evernote* 🙂 Thanks for your yummy posts.

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