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Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Updated on March 6, 2015

Make Homemade Coleslaw with this Recipe

My go-to recipe these days is Easy Coleslaw. I started with a version from my sister's recipe blog and came up with a number of coleslaw variations that are all cheap, easy and delicious.

Everyone that tastes this coleslaw recipe loves it! I've served it at a committee meeting luncheon, and taken it over to a friend's house for dinner. I make this so often, that I don't even need to consult the directions any longer. Coleslaw salad is a fresh tasting lunch, or stellar side dish. Its also popular to serve at wedding or baby showers.

One of the best features of creating this coleslaw is its versatility. Add in left over chicken or pork, if you wish, to make a satisfying dinner. Leave the meat out, and it's a tasty vegetarian dish. Stir in other vegetables that you enjoy (broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, jicama, etc.... get creative!)

Leave out the cheese if you wish, or punch up the flavor with a different variety. Of course, selecting a different dressing will entirely change the flavor. Traditional coleslaw dressings are sweet, but I prefer to dial down the sugary taste, personally.

Easy coleslaw makes a great side dish
Easy coleslaw makes a great side dish | Source

Coleslaw is a Perfect BBQ side dish

Prep Time for Easy Coleslaw

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 8 servings as a side salad (5 as main dish)

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Chow Mein noodles give this coleslaw recipe extra crunch and a unique taste
Chow Mein noodles give this coleslaw recipe extra crunch and a unique taste | Source

Basic Coleslaw Recipe


  • One bag of prepared coleslaw greens (2-3 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onions
  • 1 small can (8 oz) sliced black olives
  • 1/2 c. chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. low-fat poppyseed dressing
  • 1/2 c. Asian Chow Mein noodles (crunchy)


Combine first four ingredients in a serving bowl. Right before serving, add dressing and Chow Mein noodles (they will get soft if you add them too soon). Stir and enjoy!

This recipe serves 6-8 people as a side dish and about 5 as a main dish.

**NOTE: if you would rather make your own coleslaw mixture than buy the pre bagged variety, just take one head of cabbage and coarsely chop or use a food processor.

Add julienned carrots (2-3 medium carrots), as well.

Mix it up with green and red cabbage for new taste varieties.

Coleslaw is Fast, Fresh, Cheap and Tasty

Fresh salads are one thing on which you won't have to compromise when cutting costs. The basic recipe above is about $2 per serving. And, I must say, its so much fresher, crunchier and flavorful than getting coleslaw at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Fast food does not mean you should cut corners on taste. You have to go to the grocery store at least once a week. Pick up these ingredients too. It takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Fast, Fresh, Cheap and Tasty. What more could you want in a meal?

Coleslaw is Delicious Any Time of Year

Regardless of the time of year, coleslaw is a healthy addition to your meal planning. We never tire of the fresh taste and ability to make our own salad recipe just for us. Some days, we stick with the poppyseed dressing. Others, we've gone as light as oil and balsamic vinegar. Leftover vegetables? Stir them in! Same thing with cuts of meat. My sister even takes extra chicken nuggets (not sure I would do that, but it could work!)

This Easy Coleslaw recipe is so simple, you'll turn to it time and again through the potluck season. Its always comfortable around ribs or hamburgers.

Try it out and, as always, let me know in the comments what you think.

Any new suggestions? Changes you would make?


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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Nice recipe. I think this will good with rice too.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Cloverleaf - I love picnic recipes like coleslaw and BBQ ribs. I'm off to go check out your hub. Best, Steph

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Thanks for this great recipe, your coleslaw will go very well with my BBQ Ribs! I will link your recipe on my next hub. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Zsuzsy! Long time no "see." I'm glad to be getting back to HP again. Thanks for visting and commenting. Cheers to you! Steph

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Steph! Yum, this recipe is going to be my new fave I'm sure. Thanks for sharing.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      DjBryle Works 8 years ago

      Yummy! I love it with bread or alone! Thanks for sharing =)

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi G-ma! We just made panini sandwiches and I wished I had some coleslaw to go along with them. But today was chilly, so we had scalloped potatoes instead. Broccoli coleslaw sounds terrific, and healthy!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Have always loved it and especially when I grew my own...these days I have found organic broccoli coleslaw which you add the sauce of your choice too and it is very good...I add it to my regular salads and also with cabbage it with raisins and nuts...

      Thanks makes me want to make some right now...and I just ate yikess...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Ohhhhh this looks so delicious ,made my mouth water , perfect for this time of year now too!

      Thankyou for sharing

      p.s I added small pieces of fresh apple cubes before serving ( made me feel extra virtuous) lol

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      it's hard to go wrong with coleslaw. KFC and Thanksgiving is always on my mind when it comes to coleslaw

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Frogdropping - enjoy the coleslaw! Thanks for visiting.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Coleslaw rocks. I'm off to make some. Nice hub, cheers :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Dottie - thanks! I'm sure your mother's coleslaw is delicious too! Nothing like comfort food from home. :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I make my mother's coleslaw that I grew up on so of course to me it's the best. But I really love the ingredients that I see in your coleslaw recipe and would love to try different variations of the recipe I use now. Thanks Steph!

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Robie - thank you! I feel like saying, "Coleslaw: Its not just a side dish anymore." LOL

      RGraf, thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the recipe.


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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This sounds great. I love easy, cheap, and delicious. Thanks for sharing. With summer coming around the corner, I might be trying this.

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I'm a real cole slaw fan and totally agree that making your own is easy, cheaper and better. Thanks for the great variations on an old standby. I love your sister's blog too:-)

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Melody and Birte, thank you!

      Birte - I am with you... most times, I chop up the cabbage and carrots myself and avoid the pre-bagged versions (except for when I'm in a big hurry). The coleslaw is fresher and tastes better that way.

      Cheers, Steph

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      BirteEdwards 8 years ago

      You can never go wrong with a good salad. I for one can not get myself to buy the pre-chopped kind. I like the feel and touch of chopping, slicing or grating vegetables. Even more so nothing beats the taste of fresh vegetables (except maybe a bar of chocolate).

      Great recipe

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      I love coleslaw and salads, thanks.

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Ladyvenus, I agree! Bread (toasted garlic) is a great accompaniment for this coleslaw recipe! Thanks!

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      ladyvenus 8 years ago

      I like it most with bread. Delicious and nutritious