Easy Cole Slaw Recipe (Coleslaw)

Simple Coleslaw Recipe

Easy cole slaw recipe (coleslaw) with 3 ingredients adds amazing flavor as a side dish for your BBQ, Picnic, Potluck, Tailgate or dinner.

It takes 5 minutes to mix it up and it is one of the best homemade sides to go with so many main dishes. We like it with BBQ, Pork Tenderloin, and Rainbow Trout.

This Easy Coleslaw Recipe is a great last minute salad to take to a cookout or picnic.  It is quick and inexpensive and I never have leftovers to take home!

It is also easy to prepare beforehand and takes the pressure off some of the main day cooking.

Easy Coleslaw Ingredients

For this recipe I bought the 10 ounce bag of fresh Angel hair coleslaw.  You can buy whatever size your store sells and add more homemade coleslaw dressing as needed. 

This recipe works best with green or white cabbage. Do not use red cabbage because the dressing will cause it to turn an ugly shade of purple.

I like to use Duke’s mayonnaise because it has a unique smooth flavor, but whatever you kind you have on hand will work.  Be sure to use granulated sugar to mix with the mayonnaise and taste it to get it to your desired sweetness.

Easy Coleslaw Recipe Step by Step Instructions

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

First mix about a cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl.  Stir well. Taste and add more sugar if you want it to be sweeter.

Homemade coleslaw dressing ingredients and being mixed in a bowl.
Homemade Cole Slaw Dressing

Prepare Coleslaw Recipe

Next pour the bag of slaw in another larger mixing bowl.  I like to rinse and dry it even if the package says it is pre-washed. 

Be sure it is dry by blotting well with paper towels. This will help to keep from having runny coleslaw after it has set.

Add the mayonnaise sugar mixture on top in large spoonfuls.

Slaw with homemade coleslaw dressing ready to mix in a mixing bowl.
Slaw with Homemade Dressing Ready to Mix

Mixing Coleslaw

Finally, mix gently and pour into a Tupperware or Rubbermaid type of container.  Be sure the container has a little room left over to stir before serving.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Give it a final stir before serving to mix all ingredients well. If there is any liquid, you can drain it off before serving. 

Easy coleslaw recipe in a plastic storage bowl prepared and ready to eat.
Easy Cole Slaw Recipe

Easy Cole Slaw Recipe Serving Suggestions

This coleslaw can be served immediately but it actually tastes better and better the longer it chills in the refrigerator. If you can plan ahead, mix it up and put it out when ready to eat.

Ideas for Serving Coleslaw

  • Barbeque Cookout or Party – Side Dish or as a topping for BBQ sandwiches
  • Picnics
  • Tailgate Parties
  • Family Get Togethers for Celebrations
  • Holiday Meals
  • Funeral Food
  • Comfort Food for Sick Friend
  • Welcome Dish
  • Office Party
  • Church Party or Dinner
  • Toppings for tacos, sandwiches, hoagies, and philly cheesesteaks

Cole Slaw Storage Recommendations

Keep cold when serving. If it’s a really hot day, put the serving container in a pan of ice to help keep it cold or keep it in an ice chest and set it out right before serving.

Refrigerate cole slaw to store. It will keep up to a week in the refrigerator. Use a sealed container or storage bag.

Do not freeze cole slaw. The texture and taste is not the same when it thaws.

Coleslaw FAQ’s

Is coleslaw better made the night before?

Allowing 2 hours to 24 hours refrigeration time allows flavors to blend better and ingredients to chill.

Why do they call it cole slaw?

It is from the Dutch terms koolsia. Kool sounding like cole and meaning cabbage and sia meaning salad. Thus you have cold cabbage salad aka cold slaw or cole slaw.

Is there a difference in slaw and cole slaw?

Technically cole slaw (coleslaw) is made with shredded cabbage and slaw can include other types of shredded vegetables. Practically though the terms are used interchangeably.

Easy coleslaw recipe in a plastic storage bowl prepared and ready to eat.
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Easy Cole Slaw Recipe (Coleslaw)

Creamy coleslaw recipe with 3 ingredients. Easy, rich tasting and delicious. Perfect for church suppers, picnics, BBQ parties and dinner. It is inexpensive to fix and easy to mix. It is ready to eat after mixing or let it chill in the refrigerator. Increase for more servings. Will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.
Prep Time5 minutes
Mixing5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 280kcal
Cost: $5


  • 10 ounce bag of Angel Hair Coleslaw
  • 1 cup or more of Dukes Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup or more of granulated sugar


  • Pour coleslaw into large mixing bowl. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a smaller bowl mix about 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Stir well.
  • Spoon mayonnaise and sugar mixture on top of coleslaw. Mix gently and refrigerate.
  • Stir again gently before serving.


Nutritional analysis is an estimate and will vary according to ingredients used and serving size.
You can adjust the amount of sugar you use to your preference.
You can also double or triple the recipe for a large crowd.
Always refrigerate and keep cold until serving.  If it is a very hot day, place serving container in a pan of ice to keep it chilled.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 52mg

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