Whether you say coleslaw, cole slaw, or cold slaw, this recipe is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make. This homemade coleslaw is the perfect side dish for cookouts, parties, and potlucks. 

Homemade Cole Slaw

Creamy Coleslaw (Cole Slaw) Recipe

Coleslaw is a great side dish for summer cookouts, but I also like serving it for large get-togethers, tailgates, and parties like the Super Bowl. I have two coleslaw recipes on my website, this classic recipe and an Asian Slaw recipe, too. 

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The coleslaw dressing in this recipe couldn’t get any easier. All you need is just mayonnaise, rice vinegar, sugar, grated onion, and black pepper! You don’t even need to pre-mix it, you just add the ingredients on top of the cabbage and mix, super simple!

What to serve with Coleslaw:

I LOVE serving this coleslaw on my Chicken and Waffle Sliders (everyone always raves about these when I make them for parties!). It also pairs perfectly with Root Beer Pulled Pork, Smoked Ribs, Crab Cakes, and you can’t forget the Macaroni Salad either! 

A bowl of creamy coleslaw

Why let the cabbage drain for 1-2 hours?

Tossing the cabbage with salt and letting it drain in a colander will allow the cabbage to wilt and this will eliminate the crunch of the cabbage. This step really makes this the very best coleslaw recipe so don’t skip it! 

Even more important than softening the cabbage, this step also helps the cabbage release its excess water so it doesn’t happen when the cole slaw is dressed. After all, no-one wants a watery coleslaw, yuck! 

Ingredients for the Best Coleslaw

If you choose to shred your own cabbage for this recipe, then follow my directions below on how to Shred Cabbage. 

How to Shred Cabbage:

  1. First, rinse the cabbage under cold water and remove the outermost leaves. Cut out the core from the bottom of the cabbage. 
  2. Then, slice the cabbage in half from top to bottom. 
  3. Next, slice each half to make quarters. 
  4. Then, cut out the stem and core from each quarter. 
  5. Next, cut each quarter into long strips. 
  6. Then, cut each strip in half lengthwise. 
  7. Finally, run your knife through each slice to shred the cabbage into smaller pieces. 

NOTE: You can speed up the shredding process by using a mandoline or food processor.

Best Coleslaw Recipe

Cook’s Note – Best Coleslaw recipe:

  • You can make this coleslaw ahead of time by preparing it through step 3, and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Pat the cabbage dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and continue with the rest of the recipe. 
  • Leftover will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 
  • If you choose to shred your own cabbage, you’ll need 8 ounces of cabbage and 3 large carrots, shredded. 

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Coleslaw Dressing recipe
4.78 from 9 votes

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Author Jillian – a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
8 people
Whether you say coleslaw, cole slaw, or cold slaw, this coleslaw recipe is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make. This homemade coleslaw is the perfect side dish for cookouts, parties, and potlucks.



  • 14- ounce bag coleslaw mix with green cabbage red cabbage, and carrots
  • 2 teaspoons salt



  • Place shredded cabbage and carrots in a large colander set over a large bowl. Add the salt and toss lightly with your hands. Let the cabbage sit until it wilts, about 1-2 hours.
  • Rinse the cabbage and carrots under cold water, drain well, and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Transfer the cabbage to a large bowl.


  • Add in the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, sugar, onion, black pepper, and celery seeds and mix until thoroughly combined and coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. I love how quick and easy this coleslaw is to whip up! Totally a perfect side for my veggie burgers!

  2. Meagen Brosius says:

    I love making homemade coleslaw! It’s so easy and delicious. I can’t wait for some warmer weather so we can whip some more up for a cookout!

  3. Very good homemade coleslaw!

  4. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says:

    I think this is a classic recipe and everyone should know how to make this. It is so versatile and can be used for so many events. I love all of your step by step photos. You make it no fail for us!

  5. Kelly Anthony says:

    What a great classic recipe. Looking forward to spring, cook oust and this homemade coleslaw.

  6. Ginny McMeans says:

    Coleslaw is such a simple recipe and I forget to make it. Your recipes looks so good and straight forward. I’ll be making this recipe! I have to switch to dairy-free mayo but I know it will work great.

  7. This is such a great idea for a super bowl party!! I think I’ll add it to my list of what I’m bringing to a friend’s – they’ll love this recipe!

  8. Gr8 recipe..ty soo much My husband is an extremely picky eater..I added a little celery seed to ours..AMAZING.

    1. Anne, I’m so glad you and your husband loved this recipe! I bet the added celery seed was so good!