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EASY Homemade Coleslaw (5 ingredients!)


This simple coleslaw recipe is made with only 5 ingredients in just 10 minutes. The great summer time side dish that’s always loved by all!

This is one of my favorite things to bring to a BBQ. The dressing gives it great flavor and the cabbage stays kind and crisp. It’s one of those dishes that I can always cast together in a pinch, along with my caprese salad, simple pasta salad and watermelon salad.

coleslaw in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

Coleslaw is one of those traditional salad recipes that’s great to bring to a cookout or picnic. It’s simple, fast and requires only 5 ingredients. Talk about the great side dish to whip up when you’re in a hurry!

This coleslaw recipe consists primarily of shredded cabbage, carrots and radicchio with a creamy dressing. It is NOT drowned with mayo because there’s nothing worse than a soggy coleslaw! It has just enough dressing to bring everything together. It’s also really simple to customize to make it your own. I love to mix in lime juice and cilantro with my coleslaw (photo above), then use it to top a Hawaiian roll with kalua pork. Seriously one of my go to dinners in the summer time!

coleslaw dressing being whisked in a glass bowl

5 simple ingredients

  • Coleslaw: I love to use a bag of coleslaw mix for convenience, but you could chop up a head of cabbage, carrots and raddiacho too.
  • Mayonnaise: I add in about 1/3 cup mayo. If you prefer a creamier coleslaw, feel free to add more.
  • Vinegar: Cider vinegar or white vinegar both work great.
  • Lemon or lime juice: Can use either depending on preference and what you have on hand.
  • Honey: I like to add in honey for a healthier sweetener, although sugar will work just as well.

Coleslaw dressing

To make the dressing, you’ll simply whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon/lime juice and honey. What I love about the dressing is that it’s not overpowered with mayo, so the coleslaw won’t obtain all soft and soggy.

I added about 1/3 cup mayo, which was great for my taste. If you prefer a more creamy coleslaw, feel free to double the dressing.

pouring dressing over coleslaw mix in a glass bowl

How to make coleslaw

  1. Make the dressing. Whisk together mayo, vinegar, lime juice and honey. Then salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Combine ingredients and toss. Add coleslaw, dressing and any desired mix-in’s to a large bowl. Toss until well coated and store in fridge until alert to serve.

Optional mix-in’s

It’s really simple to customize this coleslaw recipe to make it your own. Here are some of my favorite additions:

  • Chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Dried cranberries
  • Diced apples
  • Sliced almonds
  • Diced pineapple

coleslaw in a glass bowl with a silver spoon

Favorites to serve with

Anything BBQ flavored tastes astonishing with homemade coleslaw. I also love serve it with simple summer sides like corn and watermelon. Below are some of my favorites to pair it with:

Make ahead + Storage tips

How far in advance can you make it? This recipe tastes top if made within a few hours, however it can be made the night before if needed. I wouldn’t recommend making it any further in advance for the top results. I like to make the dressing ahead of time and then mix everything together right before serving.

How long does fresh coleslaw last? It’s top to eat within 2 days. Make sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge and give it a large stir before enjoying.

homemade coleslaw in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

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coleslaw in a white bowl

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: simple coleslaw

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 87

This simple coleslaw recipe is made with only 5 ingredients in just 10 minutes. The great summer time side dish that’s always loved by all!

  • 8 ounce bag coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon cider or white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice , more to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey , or sugar

Optional add in’s: S&P, chopped cilantro or parsley, sliced green onions, chopped bell pepper, dried cranberries, diced apples, sliced almonds

  • Whisk together the mayo, vinegar, lime juice and honey. Salt and pepper to taste.

  • Combine the coleslaw and dressing in a large bowl. Add desired mix in’s. Toss until evenly coated and then store in the refrigerator until alert to serve.

  • I love to use lime juice with chopped cilantro to add to tacos or bbq pork sliders.
  • If you prefer a more creamy coleslaw, feel free to double the dressing.
  • This dish is top made within a few hours but can be made the night before. It’s top to eat within 2 days. 

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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