Creamy Coleslaw

Learn how to make the BEST homemade coleslaw! Filled with red and green cabbage, carrots, and green onions, this easy recipe is healthy and delicious.

Coleslaw Recipe

This easy coleslaw recipe is great for just about any occasion – a weeknight dinner, a fourth of July cookout, or a fun picnic lunch. Like all my favorite summer recipes, it’s packed with colorful veggies, and a lightly creamy, tangy dressing ties the whole thing together. It comes together in minutes, and it keeps well if you make it ahead of time. Just add veggie burgers, and you’ve got a perfect summer meal!

Coleslaw recipe ingredients

Coleslaw Recipe Ingredients

You only need a few basic ingredients to make this homemade coleslaw recipe! I like to think of it in two parts: the coleslaw mix and the dressing.

To simplify this coleslaw recipe, you can buy pre-shredded mix, but I like to make my own. I use these basic ingredients to give it a variety of colors, textures, and flavors:

  • Cabbage – I use a mix of red and green cabbage, but just one will work here too. Thinly slice it with a sharp knife or mandoline.
  • Carrots – They add extra color and a light sweetness. Instead of shredding the carrots on a box grater, use a vegetable peeler to slice them into thin strips.
  • Scallions – You won’t find them in packaged coleslaw mix, but I love their fresh, oniony flavor and green hue.

That’s it for the veggies! Now, you need these ingredients to make the coleslaw dressing:

  • Mayo – Make this recipe vegan by substituting store bought vegan mayo, or make your own.
  • Apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard – They give the dressing a tangy depth of flavor.
  • Maple syrup – It balances the assertive mustard and vinegar.
  • Celery seeds – These little guys give this coleslaw recipe a delicious savory flavor. If you don’t have them on hand, they’re worth investing in. I love them in my deviled eggs, egg salad, and potato salad, too!

Just add salt and pepper to make the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Coleslaw dressing

How to Make Coleslaw

Making this coleslaw recipe couldn’t be easier! Here’s what you need to do:

First, make the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, celery seed, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth!

Red and green cabbage, carrots, and scallions in a bowl

Then, combine the veggies. Add the scallions, red cabbage, green cabbage, and carrot to a large bowl, and toss to combine.

Finally, mix it all together! Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture, and toss to coat. Season to taste, and enjoy!

If you want to get ahead, you can prep this recipe up to a day before you plan to eat it. The flavors meld and the veggies soften slightly as it sits, so it’s extra creamy and flavorful on day 2.

Tossing coleslaw mix with dressing

Coleslaw Serving Suggestions

Serve this coleslaw recipe with classic cookout fare like veggie burgers, portobello mushroom burgers, quinoa burgers, or BBQ jackfruit sandwiches. If you’re looking for another side dish to round out the meal, I recommend grilled veggies like corn on the cob, asparagus, zucchini, or these mixed veggie skewers. My watermelon salad, strawberry salad, or a simple fruit salad would be a great choice too.

I also love to pack this creamy coleslaw for picnics. It’s fantastic with a Caprese sandwich, chickpea salad sandwich, or egg salad sandwich. Don’t forget the brownies for dessert!

Easy Coleslaw

More Favorite Summer Salads

If you love this easy coleslaw recipe, try one of these summer salads next:

Creamy Coleslaw

rate this recipe:
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This easy coleslaw recipe is the perfect summer side dish! For the best results, use really good store bought mayonnaise, like Sir Kensington's, or make your own.

Ingredients

  • Scant 3/4 cup mayo or Vegan Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced into thin peels
  • 3 scallions, chopped

Instructions

  • Make the coleslaw dressing. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, celery seeds, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper.
  • Make the coleslaw. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrots, and scallions. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, as desired.

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  1. Aquamarine Girl
    06.30.2020

    It looks so simple and so tasty. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Oh my goodness does this look tasty! I used to not like coleslaw so much. But then I realized that coleslaw tastes amazing when eaten within a sandwich rather than as a side. Adds so much crunch and flavor. Can’t wait to try this beautiful dish of yours!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      I hope you love it!

  3. Triz Tan Barreno
    07.15.2020

    My mom loves vegetable and I think she will like it. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Tiffani
    11.18.2020

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it’s pretty darn good! I halved the recipe since I’m only 1 person. I also substituted less honey for the maple syrup -didn’t have any. Every thing else was the same. It’s going to be great with my pulled pork sammy. Thanks!

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