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The best coleslaw recipe is easy to make in under 5 minutes! This homemade coleslaw is lightened up and only sweetened with honey, and is a delicious summer BBQ side dish!

homemade coleslaw recipe in a bowl with a wooden spoon


Coleslaw is a classic, refreshing summer side dish that is a must-have at every summer BBQ (and you can’t forget the pasta salad with homemade dressing or easy stovetop mac and cheese)!

This easy coleslaw recipe take 5 minutes to prepare, and is the best coleslaw ever! It’s naturally sweetened with honey and is lightly dressed with a delicious homemade coleslaw dressing (instead of being drowned in it)! Nothing beats this homemade coleslaw!

homemade coleslaw recipe in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Coleslaw Recipe: Ingredients & Substituions

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this coleslaw recipe
  • Mayonnaise. There really isn’t a substitute for mayonnaise in this coleslaw recipe. You can use light mayo or homemade mayonnaise. You can also use miracle whip but it will make the coleslaw significantly sweeter. 
  • Honey. granulated white sugar or maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Distilled white vinegar is a great substitute for apple cider vinegar.
  • Lemon Juice. I don’t recommend making a substitution for the lemon juice.
  • Celery Seeds. I love the authentic flavor celery seeds impart in the coleslaw recipe. However if you’d prefer you can very finely chop celery and add it to the mix for a similar flavor, and a little more crunch. 
  • Coleslaw Mix. If you prefer to make your own coleslaw mix instead of buying it bagged, simply use 6 cups green cabbage, 1 cup purple cabbage, and 1 cup shredded carrots.  
a large bowl of homemade coleslaw

How to Make Coleslaw

It only takes 5 minutes to prepare this homemade coleslaw recipe! Let’s walk through the steps together, and as always don’t forget to watch the video!

Make the dressing

To make the coleslaw dressing, start by adding all the ingredients (except celery seeds) into a medium bowl. 

coleslaw dressing ingredients in a bowl before mixing

Whisk the ingredients thoroughly until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

coleslaw dressing ingredients in a bowl after whisking

Add celery seeds and whisk until they are evenly distributed. Then set the coleslaw dressing aside for a moment.

coleslaw dressing ingredients in a bowl after mixing in celery seeds

Assemble the Coleslaw

Mix this homemade coleslaw recipe in halves to ensure even distribution of the dressing. Start by adding half of the coleslaw mixture in a large mixing bowl. Then, pour half of the dressing over the coleslaw in the bowl.

How to Make Coleslaw - pouring dressing over cabbage mixture in a bowl

Next, add the rest of the coleslaw mixture and pour the rest of the dressing over it.

How to Make Coleslaw - pouring dressing over the rest of the coleslaw in a bowl

Then, stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Chill

Transfer the coleslaw to a serving dish, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

Make your own Coleslaw mix

 Finely chop 1 medium head of  green cabbage (6 cups), half a head of purple cabbage (1 cup), and use 1 cup shredded carrots. 

How to Make Coleslaw stirring the coleslaw in a bowl

Serve

When you’re ready to serve, stir the coleslaw. Then garnish with salt, pepper, extra celery seeds, chopped onion, etc. and enjoy on the side of your favorite BBQ or potluck fare (like this chicken satay, pasta salad, etc.). 

Best Homemade Coleslaw Recipe in a bowl

Store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

up close photo of homemade coleslaw in a bowl

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about this easy coleslaw recipe. 

How long does homemade coleslaw last?

Homemade coleslaw lasts for three days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze coleslaw?

No. Do not freeze coleslaw. It will give is a gritty texture, make it soggy and all around inedible.

How do you shred vegetables for coleslaw?

I prefer to finely chop my vegetables if I don’t use a store-bought bag of coleslaw mix. You can also use a hand held shredder or food processor to shred the cabbage and carrots. 

coleslaw in a bowl with a wooden spoon

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Best Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Laura
The best coleslaw recipe is easy to make in under 5 minutes! This homemade coleslaw is lightened up and only sweetened with honey, and is a delicious summer BBQ side dish!
5 from 24 votes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 14 Servings
Calories 77
Prep Time5 minutes
Chilling1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, salt pepper until the mixture is combined and there are no lumps.
  • Add celery seeds and whisk to combine.
  • Place half of the coleslaw mixture in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour half of the dressing over the coleslaw in the bowl.
  • Add the rest of the coleslaw mixture and pour the rest of the dressing over it.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Stir, then garnish with salt, pepper, extra celery seeds, chopped onion, etc.
  • Serve.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions  
  • Mayonnaise. There really isn’t a substitute for mayonnaise in this coleslaw recipe. You can use light mayo or homemade mayonnaise. You can also use miracle whip but it will make the coleslaw significantly sweeter. 
  • Honey. granulated white sugar or maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Distilled white vinegar is a great substitute for apple cider vinegar.
  • Lemon Juice. I don’t recommend making a substitution for the lemon juice.
  • Celery Seeds. I love the authentic flavor celery seeds impart in the coleslaw recipe. However if you’d prefer you can very finely chop celery and add it to the mix for a similar flavor, and a little more crunch. 
Homemade Coleslaw Mix 
 Finely chop 1 medium head of  green cabbage (6 cups), half a head of purple cabbage (1 cup), and use 1 cup shredded carrots. 
How to Store Coleslaw
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious!! I didn’t have celery seed so I used celery salt in its place and it worked really well!
    Thank you for the recipe, I am planning on using this as my go-to coleslaw recipe from now on! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday and it was delicious !!!! Honestly, chopping fresh cabbage and carrots helps it taste fresh and yummy ! This will be my new go to recipe !
    Thank you !!!