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Coleslaw Recipe with Homemade Dressing

An easy Classic Coleslaw Recipe with crisp cabbage and carrots in a creamy, sweet and tangy homemade dressing. Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for potlucks, parties and cookouts.

Classic recipes like Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, timeless Egg Salad and of course homemade coleslaw never go out of style. Sometimes the simplest recipes are truly the best. 

Traditional coleslaw in a bowl with a side of coleslaw dressing.

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Hey, hey. Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our traditional coleslaw recipe.

Coleslaw Recipe:

Though you can purchase a store-bought coleslaw mix and dressing, nothing beats the homemade version. Not only is it so easy and quick to make, it requires minimal ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge. Crunchy shredded cabbage with carrots in a creamy dressing – so good!

Mix-In Ideas:

Once you have a great coleslaw base, you can spruce it up with different flavors and textures. Try mix-ins like:

  • Sliced apples
  • Dried cranberries or raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sliced almonds

Coleslaw salad in a bowl with a spoon topped with greens.

How to Make Coleslaw-

Unlike most salads that are time-consuming, coleslaw is really quick to make and can be completely ready in just 10 minutes!

  • Shred the cabbage and grate the carrots.
  • Combine the ingredients for the homemade dressing.
  • Add the dressing to the mixed salad and enjoy!

How to Shred Cabbage:

You can either shred the cabbage with a mandolin slicer or by hand with a sharp knife. If you like your coleslaw shredded fine and uniform in size, use a mandolin slicer. If you prefer chunky cabbage, shredding by hand will work.

We used our favorite julienne slicer for the carrots.

Shredded cabbage, cabbots and green onions in a bowl before it's mixed for coleslaw.

Coleslaw Dressing:

A good coleslaw dressing can really make or break a recipe. This homemade slaw dressing is amazing, it’s creamy and tangy and not overly sweet. I love that the dressing only uses 5 ingredients! To prepare the dressing, combine all of the ingredients until well incorporated and creamy.

  • MAYO – the creamy base of the dressing.
  • ACIDITY – you can use either the classic apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or white vinegar. (TIP: if substituting for ACV or vinegar, you’ll need about 4 tsp, or to taste)
  • SWEET – granulated sugar or honey may be used, or a combination of both.

What Goes with Coleslaw?

The beauty of coleslaw is that it’s so versatile! It can be served as a side, or a salad to good Burger or even great piled onto a BBQ Chicken or Pulled Pork sandwich.

Coleslaw chopped and mixed in bowl

Can you Make Coleslaw in Advance?

Yes, coleslaw is great to prepare in advance. If you’re making it for a party or brunch, prepare the salad per instructions and keep the salad unmixed and covered, keep the dressing in a container. Before serving, mix the salad and add the dressing.

How Long Will Coleslaw Last in the Refrigerator?

For the best quality and flavor, keep the coleslaw covered and refrigerated. It will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator. NOTE: Cabbage does not freeze well, therefore, freezing the coleslaw isn’t a good idea.

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Coleslaw recipe with Homemade Dressing

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Coleslaw in bowl with dressing on the side

The easiest homemade coleslaw recipe. Shredded white and red cabbage with carrots in a sweet and tangy creamy homemade dressing. This 10-minute recipe will win you over.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$6
Keyword: coleslaw
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 251 kcal
Servings: 5 servings, as a side



  • 3 cups green cabbage shredded
  • 2 cups red cabbage shredded
  • 1 large carrot grated or julienned
  • 1 green onion finely chopped



  1. Finely shred white and red cabbage. Grate the carrot. Finely chop green onion.

  2. Combine the ingredients for the coleslaw dressing.

  3. In a bowl, toss the salad then add dressing and mix to combine.

Nutrition Facts
Coleslaw recipe with Homemade Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2520IU50%
Vitamin C 39.2mg48%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Aygul
    March 23, 2020

    Best coleslaw ever! I don’t even want to buy one in the store. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2020

      I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for your wonderful review. Reply

  • Bernadette Boulier
    March 3, 2020

    Absolutely the best slaw dressing!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Isn’t the flavor amazing! Reply

  • Kristine Eagan-Barnett
    February 11, 2020

    Made receipt as instructed and LOVE IT!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 11, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Kristine! Thank you for that wonderful feedback. Reply

  • Irene
    June 30, 2019

    Delicious! Simple recipe with amazing flavour! We loved it! Had it with pulled pork. Your recipes are always amazing. Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Becky Hardin
    June 12, 2019

    The best coleslaw ever! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Jacqueline Gregore
    June 12, 2019

    Celery seed is a must in our household

    Then raisins, sometime mandarin oranges, sometimes horseradish and pineapple, but always mayo, vinegar, sugar and celery seed Reply

  • Alexandra
    June 12, 2019

    This recipe looks delicious. How many people would it serve when eaten with pulled pork on a bun? I am thinking to make it for 170 people. Do you have a recipe without mayonnaise? Reply

    • Natasha
      June 12, 2019

      Hi Alexandra, I do have several cabbage salads that look like coleslaw but vary in flavor profiles (without mayo) that you might enjoy. Each serving here is about 1 cup of salad so for a sandwich, you could probably do 1/3 cup and stretch this one recipe to 15 portions for sandwiches. Reply

  • Ian
    June 12, 2019

    I used your basic recipe and then added a spoon of horseradish to give it a little zing.. Reply

  • Toni
    June 12, 2019

    This is such an amazing coleslaw recipe! I loved it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Toni! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Mallory Lanz
    June 12, 2019

    I’ve been looking for a classic coleslaw recipe. Thanks for a good one! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2019

      You’re so welcome, Mallory! I’m happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Tanya Schroeder
    June 12, 2019

    I bet this slaw would make a great topping for BBQ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2019

      YES!! So so perfect for that! Reply

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