A delicious easy coleslaw recipe that’s always a crowd favorite! Crunchy cabbage with a delicious dressing, this easy coleslaw is a perfect side anytime!

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.

Made with shredded cabbage and ingredients you most likely have on hand, this recipe with a creamy coleslaw dressing is always a crowd favorite and makes the best coleslaw recipe I’ve ever had!

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! // addapinch.com

For years, my family made this coleslaw the traditional way of grating cabbage and carrots by hand or in the food processor. While that is definitely still one of the ways I make it, I’ve found that 9 times out of 10 when I make it, I simply grab a bag of the coleslaw mix or cabbage at the grocery store. I’ve updated my classic recipe based on this easy method. I’ve included the classic method in the notes of the recipe as well.

Easy Coleslaw Ingredients

  • Shredded Coleslaw Mix
  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar or honey
  • Salt

Optional Ingredients

You can also add other mix-in ingredients to your coleslaw, like:

  • Sliced Green Onion
  • Pepper
  • Celery Salt

How to Make Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Prep. Add the shredded coleslaw mix to a large mixing bowl.

Make the Dressing. The dressing is the key to this creamy coleslaw! Whisk together your mayonnaise, buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, use my handy buttermilk substitute recipe!), vinegar, sugar and salt in another medium bowl or 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Whisk until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over the cabbage mixture in your bowl and toss well to evenly coat with the coleslaw dressing.

Serve. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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. // addapinch.com

And even though it is mighty delicious as soon as it is made, I truly believe that it 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 creamy coleslaw dressing that tastes so amazing.

How Long Does Coleslaw Last?

  • Coleslaw lasts in the refrigerator a day after the dressing has been added to it.
  • To make ahead, stir together the coleslaw dressing up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and serve.

What Main Dish Do You Serve with Coleslaw?

For a quick answer: anything!

This recipe definitely works well with so many dishes that it is no wonder it makes a classic side dish!

This is the recipe that we have made for years and one that my family has always devoured! It always makes an appearance for picnics and BBQs to go with our favorite classic cookout fare.

But I also love it 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 - A classic coleslaw recipe. Made of cabbage and topped with a delicious dressing, this coleslaw recipe is one you'll use again and again. // addapinch.com

Original Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Since I updated my family’s classic coleslaw recipe to use a more modern approach that I’ve found myself turning to time and again, I still wanted to preserve the original classic coleslaw recipe that my family has loved for years. If coleslaw mix isn’t your favorite, this version is a must-try!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 1/2 small sweet onion diced (optional)
  • 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

Instructions

  • Place shredded cabbage, carrots and onions into a medium size bowl.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately or cover and chill in refrigerator before serving.

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

Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe – This easy 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.
5 from 17 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 6
Course Side Dish
Calories: 141kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Place coleslaw mix into a large mixing bowl.
  • 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. Pour the dressing over cabbage and toss together to mix thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately or cover and chill in refrigerator before serving.

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Notes

Make-Ahead:
Mix together coleslaw dressing and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture in a large bowl and stir well to combine. Serve. 
Vegan:
For a vegan version of this coleslaw recipe, use vegan mayonnaise and a plant-based milk. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Enjoy!
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. // addapinch.com

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42 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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?

    Thanks,
    V

    1. I took a chance with the buttermilk. It was delicious. Even my 10-year old–who doesn’t like coleslaw, enjoyed it as well. Thank you for your response and the great recipe.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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

    1. Hi Liz,
      I don’t notice a lot of extra liquid when I make my recipe. I hope you enjoy it! xo

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