BEST Coleslaw Recipe – super easy to whip up in 5 minutes with just 4 ingredients! The crunchy slaw and homemade creamy tangy-sweet dressing check ALL the boxes for the perfect side dish.

black bowl with creamy shredded coleslaw

This is a simple coleslaw recipe that’s perfect for weeknight meals but with serious star power for all your summer barbecues and potlucks.

You’re just 4 simple grocery store ingredients and just 5 minutes away from the best  homemade coleslaw.

Crunchy slaw and a homemade dressing that’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

overhead view - black bowl with creamy coleslaw

The dressing is lightly sweet with a hint of tang from apple cider vinegar and it’s so simple, it almost doesn’t need a recipe at all.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • This is a classic side dish that goes with almost anything all year long.
  • It whips up in just 5 minutes from scratch.
  • You’ll only need 4 simple ingredients to make this recipe.
  • The recipe can be doubled (or tripled!) it for your next barbecue or potluck.

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THE BEST COLESLAW?

  1. packaged shredded coleslaw mix from the produce department
  2. mayonnaise (Hellman’s used or your favorite brand)
  3. honey
  4. apple cider vinegar

Optional: small pinch of salt that’ll bring the flavors together.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST COLESLAW:

Add the mayonnaise, honey and apple cider vinegar to a medium size mixing bowl then (optional) sprinkle in a small pinch of salt and whisk to combine.

Next empty the bag of shredded coleslaw into the bowl then stir to evenly coat the slaw.

The slaw is ready to serve right away or you can refrigerate for an hour or so to let the flavors mingle.

CAN I MAKE COLESLAW AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes! This is a great make-ahead recipe. When I entertain I like to do as much as possible ahead of time. That way when guests arrive I can relax and have fun with everyone.

To make this recipe ahead of time whisk the dressing ingredients and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

When it’s party time blend the slaw with the dressing and serve.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITION TO THIS RECIPE:

  • Use this dressing with shredded brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli or kale blends instead of cabbage.
  • To lighten the recipe, use light mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-olive oil blend.
  • Sprinkle on celery seeds or black pepper.
  • Add minced red onion or green onions.
  • Red wine vinegar or white vinegar can be used instead of apple cider vinegar (taste will be slightly altered).

EASY MAIN DISHES TO ENJOY WITH COLESLAW:

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Air Fryer BBQ Spare Ribs

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

Grilled Sausage

Fried Fish

Grilled BBQ Chicken

MORE SUMMER SALAD RECIPES TO TRY:

Potato Salad

Enjoy!

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black bowl with creamy shredded coleslaw

Best Coleslaw Recipe

Just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for the best coleslaw. Crunchy slaw blended with a creamy sweet-tangy dressing. Perfect for barbecue, burgers and fish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 14 ounce package shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • optional: pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the mayonnaise, honey and apple cider vinegar to a medium size mixing bowl then (optional) sprinkle in a small pinch of salt and whisk to combine.
  • Empty the bag of shredded coleslaw mix into the bowl then stir to evenly coat.
  • The slaw is ready to serve right away or refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors blend.
Keyword best coleslaw recipe, easy coleslaw, homemade colelaw, side dishes, salad
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5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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