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Easiest Coleslaw Recipe Ever

Updated on May 26, 2011

In Search of an Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Hot weather, barbecues, picnics, and summer holidays just wouldn't be the same without coleslaw. Nothing makes a pork barbecue sandwich taste better than a heaping of creamy coleslaw. And fried chicken and coleslaw were just meant to snuggle on a plate together. Plus what are fish and chips without homemade coleslaw?

A lot of people get frustrated trying to make homemade coleslaw, especially getting the coleslaw dressing with vinegar just right. I used to be one of them, until I found the easiest coleslaw recipe ever! No more expensive bottled cole slaw dressing for me! I swear! With simple proportions and only 5 basic ingredients, I memorized this recipe in no time. And with my memory, that's saying something.

Not only that, but the homemade coleslaw dressing with vinegar tastes out of this world. It's creamy, sweet and tangy at the same time. Anyone can make this comfort food recipe, even beginner cooks. And this coleslaw recipe can be put together in less than 5 minutes, I guarantee it. So, here is how I make my homemade coleslaw recipe. It's so easy, I'm almost embarrassed.

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Easy Coleslaw Recipe How To

Coleslaw Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 bag slaw mix with cabbage and carrots
  • 3/4 cup salad dressing, not mayo (like Miracle Whip brand)
  • 2 tablespoons each: sugar and vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (purely optional)

Mix everything except the coleslaw mix in a bowl until it's smooth and creamy.

Put the coleslaw mix into a big salad bowl. Pour the homemade dressing over it. Stir it all up well to coat all of the cabbage and carrots. You may need to add a bit more salad dressing, depending on how creamy you like your homemade cole slaw.

Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

In my opinion, the secret to this coleslaw recipe is the use of salad dressing instead of mayonnaise. It adds a bit of tangy sweetness that's perfect.

I just can't leave a recipe alone, even if it's delicious. So, here are some of the variations I use with this easy coleslaw recipe:

  • Sometimes I add 1/2 of an onion, minced fine.
  • A crunchy apple with the peel cut up into chunks supplies nice added color and crunch.
  • A couple of dashes of hot sauce gives it some added zip.
  • A small can of pineapple tidbits, drained well, is a refreshing addition.
  • A handful of raisins is good.
  • When my husband is around, I use powdered stevia instead of sugar for a more diabetic friendly side dish.
  • I suppose if you want to feel like a real chef, you can use a head of cabbage and some carrots and shred them yourself.

Cole slaw mix for coleslaw recipe photo:Paxsimius @flickr
Cole slaw mix for coleslaw recipe photo:Paxsimius @flickr

Easiest Coleslaw Recipe Ever- Comments and Suggestions?

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    • ocbill profile image


      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      gives me that tasty feeling already. I never knew hat vinegar and sugar were added.

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Sounds great. Thanks for the recipe

    • chirls profile image


      8 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      Yum! I think broccoli cole slaw mix would go really well with your dressing, too.


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