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How to Create Restaurant Style Coleslaw at Home

Updated on August 2, 2012
Barbecue with homemade coleslaw
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The perfect summer side dish can be yours in just an hour and 15 minutes. Learn how to make delicious restaurant style coleslaw at home. This side dish pairs great with barbecues, picnics, church potlucks, holidays, or family gatherings.

This salad has the perfect coleslaw taste. This coleslaw is very creamy with a bit of sweetness and a hint of tart. It’s the perfect mix of ingredients and tastes like something you would get from a restaurant. I made this for Easter and didn’t have any to take back home with me. My family loves this coleslaw and often requests it for family holiday gatherings or barbecues.

Cook Time:

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 16 to 20 people


  • 2 bags shredded coleslaw
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tbs oil
  • 6 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Combine 2 bags of coleslaw in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl combine salt, vinegar, oil, mayonnaise, and sugar. Mix well.
  3. Toss dressing with coleslaw.
  4. Mix well and let coleslaw set in refrigerator for at least an hour. Serve cold.


Cabbage weeps: This means that it coleslaw may look a bit dry when you have finished preparing it, however after sitting in the refrigerator for a few hours the cabbage will soften and moisten up. Adding more mayonnaise and creating the perfect texture right away will result in a liquidy coleslaw after it has sat in the refrigerator for a short time.

Allowing the coleslaw to get cold and set keeps it from becoming too runny. Nobody wants to eat soggy and liquidy coleslaw. Keeping the coleslaw cold also helps keep consistency and flavor throughout the dish.


For those who like onion you can add 2 tbs of minced onions and mix that with the 2 bags of coleslaw before adding the dressing.

Two other flavors that pair well with coleslaw are pepper and lemon juice. If deciding to add these two flavors I'd recommend using 1/8 tsp of pepper and 2/1/2 tbs of lemon juice. You can combine the pepper and lemon juice right into the dressing mixture.

For those who do not like or cannot have mayonnaise you can substitute buttermilk and/or milk. The buttermilk adds texture and a bit of tang. If choosing to go this route use 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup buttermilk. If completely taking out the mayonnaise use 1/4 cup of milk and 1/3 cup buttermilk.

This coleslaw can stay in the refrigerator for 42 to 72 hours and still keep well, however you may not need to keep your coleslaw as it tends to go fast. People love the sweet and tangy flavor of this restaurant style coleslaw and will be coming back for more.

Whether you are looking for a side dish or something to bring for a potluck this coleslaw has the perfect restaurant style taste with that perfect blend of flavors. The ability to create this coleslaw without mayonnaise is great for those who prefer something less fatty or don't like the taste of mayonnaise.

Ready in little over an hour, this recipe is perfect for last minute whipping up or making the day before. However it always tastes best the day it is made.


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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've never thought to add mustard. Thanks for the tip Anthony Fry!:)

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      Anthony Fry 5 years ago

      For an outstanding Coleslaw, add 1 tble Spn of English Mustard to above Recipe Enjoy.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      You're welcome PurpleRaven! It definitely is simple and easily changed up if you prefer coleslaw without mayo.

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      PurpleRaven 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      coleslaw is one of my favorites! This is the time of year when I will be making it more often. I like this reciepe because its simply. Thanks.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      rjsadowski- It's super easy and only really takes 15 minutes to put together. Chilling it in the refrigerator is the longest process, but makes the coleslaw taste even better.

      rebeccamealey-Hope you like the variation! The buttermilk brings a nice texture to the dish.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am a cole slaw lover, and this sounds great. I want to try it with the buttermilk! Thanks for sharing this

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Your recipe sounds tasty and easy to make.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      cebutouristspot- I hope you found some useful tips and ways to create a delicious coleslaw you can enjoy:) love the versatility of this dish.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Not a lot of people in my country eat this but am a sucker for it I love coleslaw. Thanks for this I now can improve my own recipe :)