Best Coleslaw Recipes: Easy, Creamy, Delicious Homemade Summer Slaw

Like many things making an excellent summer coleslaw is an artistic edible creation, despite its inherent simplicity.

The devil is in the detail that transforms basic ingredients of raw shredded raw cabbage and a mayo-based dressing into a taste sensation with a creamy, tangy, rich taste and slightly crunchy texture.

It is the minor extra ingredients, spicy, herbs and flavors that make all the difference, turning an ordinary coleslaw from a side dish into a feature and stand-out.

Discover the best ever summer slaw recipes that can be easily made at home for salads, barbecues, picnics and dinner parties. Coleslaw is great on sandwiches and hamburgers and as a side dish for many meals.

A good coleslaw makes a summer meal or barbecue a treat and a delight. Enjoy!

Homemade coleslaw can really make a summer salad tasty and interesting. Enjoy the crunch!
Homemade coleslaw can really make a summer salad tasty and interesting. Enjoy the crunch! | Source
There are many ways to enrich and enliven a basic coleslaw recipe to a taste sensation
There are many ways to enrich and enliven a basic coleslaw recipe to a taste sensation | Source
Seafood, chicken avocado and other ingredients can be added to a coleslaw.
Seafood, chicken avocado and other ingredients can be added to a coleslaw. | Source
Homemade dressing and herbs add unique taste combinations to a summer coleslaw
Homemade dressing and herbs add unique taste combinations to a summer coleslaw | Source
Herbs, onions, carrots and other ingredients add depth, color and tastes to a standard coleslaw recipe.
Herbs, onions, carrots and other ingredients add depth, color and tastes to a standard coleslaw recipe. | Source

Rich Coleslaw With Mustard, Walnuts, Herbs and Grapes

Ingredients

  • Salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 8 scallions, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size head fresh and crisp green cabbage, finely shredded

Directions

Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven until lightly toasted (about 5-7 minutes). Set aside to cool and then chop or crush into coarse pieces. Make the homemade dressing by whisking the vinegar, sugar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoons pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, a little at a time until the dressing is well blended. Then, add the sour cream and whisk to combine well. Add the cabbage, tarragon, scallions, grapes cilantro, dill and toasted walnuts to the bowl. Toss to coat the shredded cabbage with the dressing. Chill before serving.

Creamy Cole Slaw Recipe with Onion, Carrots and Mustard

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 large carrots, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Spanish onion
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard (good quality)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise (homemade preferred)
  • 1 medium size green cabbage, finely shredded (must be fresh)

Method

Choose a firm and fresh, young cabbage with bright colors. Combine the freshly shredded carrots and cabbage in a large bowl. Whisk the mayonnaise with the pepper, salt, celery salt, mustard, vinegar, sugar, onion and sour cream in a medium bowl until well combined. Then, evenly distribute through the cabbage mixture. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking, adding more sugar, salt, mustard, salt and pepper as required.

Sweet, Sour and Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 medium onion, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise (homemade preferred)
  • 2 lb (1 kg) shredded green cabbage (about half a large cabbage)

Method

Gather all the shredded vegetables in a large bowl and mix to combine well. Make the dressing by whisking together the mustard, cider vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, 1 teaspoon black pepper and the cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Season with salt. Mix the dressing through the cabbage mixture and season again with salt and pepper. Taste the coleslaw and adjust the taste and thickness to your liking. Chill covered before serving.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe with Basil, Mint and Lime Juice

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Bunch of fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method

Place all ingredients, part from the shredded cabbage in a blender and pulse into a smooth paste. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Place the cabbage in a large bowl, add the sauce and toss to coat all the cabbage pieces. Chill before serving

Crunchy Coleslaw Recipe with Bell Peppers, Celery and Mustard

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain dijon mustard
  • 6 bell peppers (red, orange and yellow), cut into thin strips and then chopped

Method

Dissolve the sugar and 2 teaspoons salt in the vinegar poured into a large bowl. Add the cabbage, scallions, celery, the bell peppers, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, mustard seeds and celery seeds, and mix well. Add the mayonnaise and mustard and chill before serving

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe with Ginger, Herbs and Peanut Butter

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves,thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, creamy peanut butter
  • 3 scallions, both the green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts, coarse chopped
  • 6 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (about 1/2 medium head of cabbage)

Method

Whisk together the lime juice, honey, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, mustard and peanut butter in a large bowl. Add the basil, cilantro, cabbage and scallions and toss well to coat all the cabbage pieces with the dressing. Chill and serve with the peanuts and extra herbs sprinkled on top.

© 2015 Dr. John Anderson

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Patsybell 18 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

Great photos and some new recipes to try. I like the additions of herbs.


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Rachel L Alba 18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I like the recipe of the cole slaw with the chicken and the one with the grapes in it. I voted up.


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LWoods 17 months ago from United States

I have never made cole slaw before, but those pictures are enough to get me moving and motivated. Thanks for sharing.

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