Coleslaw Recipe

A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you’ll use again and again.

Coleslaw Recipe - A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again! //

Coleslaw has to be one of the most humble of recipes. It works perfectly with so many dishes as the side dish, but rarely gets the star treatment that it really deserves. This coleslaw recipe is one that my Mama has made for years and one that my family has always devoured! It always makes an appearance for picnics and BBQs to go with our grilled chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad and so many other classic cookout fare.

But I also love this coleslaw recipe when it is piled on top of pulled pork in a sandwich or on top of a hotdog with a scoop of chili. In other words, it is a definite favorite anytime you serve it!


Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe - A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again. //

And even though it is mighty delicious as soon as it is made, I truly believe that this coleslaw is even more delicious the next day for lunch with any leftovers we might have. That time in the refrigerator gives it a little bit more time to marinate in that coleslaw dressing that tastes so amazing.

Coleslaw Recipe - A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again. //

Coleslaw Recipe Video

Here’s my family’s coleslaw recipe. Be sure to make it soon. I think you’ll absolutely love it!

Yield: 8
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best coleslaw, cole slaw, coleslaw, coleslaw recipe, easy coleslaw

Coleslaw Recipe

Total Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes

Coleslaw Recipe - This classic coleslaw recipe is made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing. This is a coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again.

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  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 1/2 small sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Place shredded cabbage, carrots and onions into a medium size bowl.
  2. Add mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a large bowl and whisk together with a fork until well-combined and smooth. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add black pepper and celery seeds. Pour mayonnaise dressing over cabbage and toss together to mix thoroughly.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and chill in refrigerator before serving.


Store coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

For a vegan version of this coleslaw recipe, use vegan mayonnaise and a plant-based milk. 

Nutrition Facts
Coleslaw Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 52.8%
Vitamin C 24.4%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

Coleslaw Recipe - A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again. //

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2014.

34 comments on “Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. I’m Mexican, and I wasn’t raised with coleslaw. Later in life, I discovered how to make it. So crazy simple. Makes me wish I had learned earlier. Thanks for your recipe.

  2. Thank you, Robyn. Have a Great Weekend!

  3. Yummy. Going to try this. Thank you
    Robyn. Love your blog and the recipes
    are spectacular.

  4. I use cole slaw a lot. It is so easy to make. Sometimes if I am in the mood (or for the dish itself) I might put dried cranberries and apples or even nuts (or change up some of the veg in it). That can almost become a main dish.

  5. Cole slaw is always a hit at our house, I will be trying your version very soon!

  6. This looks so wonderful! Cole slaw goes with everything!

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  8. I pinned this the last time I saw it but can’t believe I didn’t leave a comment. You are so good to put your time into this and I know a lot of us greatly appreciate all you do. The least I can do is comment and let you know I look at your stories and recipes and I THANK YOU!!

    Coleslaw is one of my favorites. Love it with pinto beans, black-eyed peas, sloppy joes, hamburgers, meatloaf, country style steak, fried chicken, fish and a must on a hot dog! Your version sounds delicious and I’ll be trying it. Again, thank you!

  9. Robyn … love your website and recipes. Making your beer chicken wings and cole slaw for Father’s Day. Just a quick mention to your readers. When making the slaw, one should really “sweat” the cabbage with salt for a couple of hours before adding your delicious dressing. Heap a bunch of salt on the cabbage in a colander allowing the cabbage to sweat its excessive moisture out, then rinse and dry the cabbage. Sweating allows the dressing to cling and be absorbed by the slaw when you mix everything together.

  10. I LOVED how easy this recipe is!

  11. Your coleslaw is classic and almost exactly how my grandmother made hers. I am planning to do a recipe round up on my site next month and was wondering if I can use one of your photos in the round up. I will link back to your site for the recipe.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  12. So happy I found this great recipe!!! Coleslaw is my husband’s favorite salad!!! Going to make it today. Thanks for sharing:)

  13. I use to make kfc coleslaw but you made me change my mind your coleslaw is the bomb

  14. This coleslaw recipe looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it the next time we get together with our friends for a bbq. Thanks for sharing

  15. This is really good. I love that you included buttermilk!!

  16. “beauttifu”l best Coleslaw Recipe yet.

  17. Hello Robyn,
    This recipe looks really delicious. I am lactose intolerant, so when milk is needed in a recipe, I use Lactaid. Can I use that as a substitute for the buttermilk?


  18. Never made coleslaw before but this one is pushing me into it ! Thank you !

  19. I made this today and it’s really easy and tastes great. I added 1 can 8 oz. drained Libby’s  skinny fruits pineapple 🍍 tidbits and will serve this with my baby back ribs. 

  20. I am anxious to try thid, I tried the Kentucky Fried Chicken coleslaw recipe but noticed that it was almost watery I see that you have quite a bit of Buttermilk on there just wondering if you notice a lot of liquid in the coleslaw once it’s set


    American girl living in Norway, making shredded BBQ pork and cole slaw sandwiches. I looked through several recipes before I settled on this one. Boy am I glad I did!

    I only altered a couple of things (out of need to use what we already have on hand). I used natural Greek yogurt instead if buttermilk, apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, and didn’t add the onion. My family and I don’t care for onion in cole slaw. I also took the suggestion from another poster and salted the cabbage before hand and squeezed out all the liquid.

    This is DEFINITELY my go-to recipe from now on! Thank you!

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