Easy Cole Slaw (Coleslaw)

Easy Cole Slaw, also known as Coleslaw, in just 5 minutes with the perfect homemade dressing, this is the ultimate side dish for summer because it gets even better the next day. Perfect for cookouts and planning ahead.

Cole Slaw in white serving bowl
 Easy Cole Slaw (Coleslaw) Recipe

Cole Slaw is the quintessential side dish for the summer. We love it so much we already have two versions on the site! Both are copycats, one is KFC Coleslaw (Copycat) and the second is my personal favorite unique cole slaw, Tony Roma’s Coleslaw with celery seeds.


What to serve with ColeSlaw:

Why buy pre-shredded cole slaw mix? The time required for chopping plus the leftovers of the cabbage make it an easy swap. In addition to that, for some reason we find buying the vegetables whole costs almost twice as much as buying the pre-shredded bag. This recipe shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to put together the morning of your bbq.

Important Note about Cole Slaw: YES, this recipe takes about five minutes, but one of the most important things about Cole Slaw is letting it sit, so that the dressing can soften the crunch of the cabbage. We recommend at least 2 hours. Even better if you can do it the night before.

Bowl of Cole Slaw

This classic Cole Slaw recipe is a perfect easy barbecue side dish. Instead of spending four dollars a pound on grocery store cole slaw that could have been sitting there a week, you can make it at home and with ingredients you can control.

If you speak to the head of deli department in your local grocery store, they’ll likely tell you that cole slaw comes in either pre-made or in two parts, mix and dressing. This is a way to have fresh cole slaw without the added preservatives you’ll find in packaged cole slaw dressings.



  • Serve: Make sure to refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving, serve chilled, and don’t leave it out longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: Cole Slaw can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If it starts to break down, add more coleslaw mix to keep it fresh longer.
  • Freeze: Coleslaw doesn’t freeze well, so just throw it out and make a fresh batch when needed.

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Easy Cole Slaw Recipe (Coleslaw)

Easy Cole Slaw made in just 5 minutes with the perfect homemade dressing, this is the ultimate side dish for summer because it gets even better the next day. Perfect for cookouts and planning ahead.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 14 ounce coleslaw mix with red cabbage and carrots*
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


  • Add the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, white vinegar, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
  • Add in the coleslaw mix and stir well to combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


* If you want to use your own mix for the coleslaw, use 8 cups shredded cabbage, 1 cup shredded red cabbage, and 4 julienned carrots.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 19.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Keyword: Easy Cole Slaw

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Quick easy and delicious
    Hadn’t made coleslaw for a long very time
    Braised cabbage was my go to cabbage recipe
    Will be definitely making coleslaw again

  2. This is my favorite go to recipe for cole slaw. My family of five LOVES it so much. Thank you for such a great recipe site. I look forward to finding more wonderful recipes. God bless.

  3. Hi Sabrina, This recipe which is second time making for my husband & says is excellent. (i do not like coleslaw or anything made with “raw” cabbage) I can say that I’ve tried your Asian recipes and they are the best ones yet on Pinterest. I know if i get recipe from you, it’s going to be a “keeper”.

  4. Family lovvved this recipe. Thank you. I have made a lot of recipes that are on your sight and they never disappoint. ALL KEEPERS

  5. This was the exact kind of recipe I was looking for. Sooo good! I had leftover shredded cabbage and brussel sprouts, so this was the perfect dish to make to use those up. I did add one shredded carrot, and then added a few more TBS of mayo to make it creamier.

  6. Excellent. I had left over bagged “cole slaw” mix from a fish taco recipe and this worked perfectly.

  7. Absolutely delicious…I added a tsp of mustard, celery seeds and substituted 2 tbs 0f sweet pickle relish instead of salt, sugar and vinegar. I will never buy cole slaw again.

  8. I’ve been making this Cole slaw recipe for years I love it easy and delicious my alway go to coke slaw recipe. My neighbor loves Cole slaw, I always make sure to delivery across the street a container. I have this recipe in my notes so i go right to it.

    Thank you again for another great recipe.

  9. This is very similar to my coleslaw, but I add a little celery seed. Really takes it to the next level.

  10. This was good, but waaay too sweet for me and I started with half the sugar suggested. Added some more mayo and lime juice to adjust. I’d say start with a little sugar and add more if you want it sweeter..

  11. Excellent!! I only let the slaw rest for about 10-15 minutes as we like it crunchy. I have also added poppy and/or caraway seeds – delicious!

  12. This is my go to cole slaw recipe. Sometimes I switch it up and substitute fresh lime juice and a tablespoon of chipotle puree for a southwestern flair. My husband loves it!

  13. Good recipe that tasted better than expected. The lime juice really gave it a unique flavor. I added some minced onions to the mix

  14. Came out really well! Only change I made is I added a little bit chopped onions and let the coleslaw sit. I love onions so just had to incorporate them lol. Simple and delish! Perfect with crispy chicken sandwiches. Thank you.

  15. Looks yummy. I’ve tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it.

    1. What can I use instead of vinegar? And is it ok to completely remove that ingredient, will it taste ok without it? Thanks!

  16. Simple and excellent, making it with your bake beans as well, just tasted both, just perfect. I bookmarked this site to use as a future reference. Thank you Sabrina.

  17. Very easy recipe. Delicious whole family loved it . Never buy store bought again. It’s a keeper.
    Thank you for sharing.

  18. This is a great staring base recipe. I’ve tweaked it a couple times. A little less sugar. Cut the Mayo a bit. Added some celery seed. But I use this as my go to every time. Thanks

  19. This is such a good base for a slaw. It is so easy and so good. I make this at least once a week. I adjust it a little: less mayo, apple cider vinegar rather than white, and I don’t put in black pepper because my daughter won’t eat it if she knows there’s pepper in it. If I have celery and a little time, I’ll shred some into it. Can’t thank you enough.

  20. My husband is a coleslaw lover and absolutely loved this recipe. He loved the tanginess with a little sweetness in the background. Definitely saving this recipe. Thank you!!

  21. Thank you for posting this easy and delicious recipe! Used the Trader Joe’s 9 oz. bag of organic green and red cabbage, and carrots. No white vinegar on hand so substituted apple cider vinegar. Add-ins were 1/2 grated honey crisp apple and 1/4 tsp celery seeds. Great summer side!

  22. I made the Cole Slaw with store-bought mix of both white and red cabbage and carrots,
    using your recipe for dressing. Exactly as written. My husband and I both enjoyed it
    very much. It was creamy, great-tasting and very easy to make !

    Next time, I will add even less Mayo and maybe try adding regular table or sea salt in
    place of kosher one. To experiment a little. Mayo can be reduced for sure, to my taste.

    It’s a great recipe ! Thank you very much, Sabrina !

  23. Loved dressing . Used rice wine vinegar in place of white vinegar. I add black raisins , good handful, and one carrot and apple grated. B

  24. This is my go-to coleslaw recipe – it’s just perfect. I make it exactly as directed and always have happy eaters.

    1. My husband & I love this recipe! I use seasoned rice wine vinegar, which is sweet in itself, so I cut the sugar down to 1 tbsp. I also add more carrots & red cabbage than what comes in the grocery cabbage mix. Delicious!

  25. This was so unexpectedly good!!! Picked this over the recipes on the internet because it had the most basic ingredients which I had in my pantry.

    I would suggest to only adjust for taste after it has been chilled. I followed the recipe to the letter and it tasted too sour when I first put it together. Let it chill and let the sourness mellow down before judging if you need to add more salt, pepper or sugar etc.

    I was thinking I’d add some sugar before consuming it, but after spending a few hours in the fridge it tasted perfect and I didn’t need to adjust! Will definitely make this again.

  26. Great coleslaw dressing. I chopped my own green cabbage, a bit of red cabbage, and grated some carrot to make my own mix. My husband is a Type 2 diabetic, so I used Erythritol instead of sugar. We will eat it with leftover baked cod for tacos.

  27. This stuff is GREAT!! So easy and so good for you! I don’t use the mix-I get cabbage and carrots for free! Shred in food processer and add the other stuff.Once in a while I drizzle a little balsamic on it- so good!!

  28. Thank you so much for this recipe! I have NEVER liked coleslaw (or potato salad) but after I mixed this recipe together I couldn’t wait to eat a bowl. I did add an extra 1 1/2tbsp. sugar because I did want it a bit sweeter but OMG it’s good. The bowl of coleslaw may not survive until dinner tonight haha

  29. My first time making my own coleslaw, can’t stand the store bought. Cut my own cabbage and carrot, and it was excellent. Followed the recipe to a “T”. There might be better recipes out there, but this is my go to for sure. Thanks from all of us at home.

    1. Very good. Not fancy nothing to right home about but just what you think of when you want slaw

      1. Greatly appreciated, finally a quick recipe I can make with the things I have a lot home and still ENJOY! FIRST TIME making my own coleslaw, it’s something I on again off again crave (especially now that I’m super pregnant) and it’s nice to be able to just do this and go on about my day.

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