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This flavorful homemade coleslaw is a delicious side dish or condiment! Made with cabbage, carrots and a homemade dressing, it’s a perfect side dish for barbecues and potlucks, or enjoy it as an afternoon snack! Ready in just 5 minutes, this is the easiest coleslaw recipe you’ll find.

I love homemade coleslaw because it’s so versatile. You can serve it as a side dish at your next Summer BBQ when you’re grilling Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs or use it as a topping for your Pulled Pork.

a bowl of homemade coleslaw

Easy Homemade Coleslaw

Who else loves coleslaw? Growing up we would eat at KFC all the time and I just loved their coleslaw. Even though my entire family loved it, we never made it at home. It’s unbelievably easy to make, so I have no idea what stopped us. Looking back, I still can’t believe it.

It is now one of my favorite salads to make. because it’s so simple. Plus, it goes well with so many things so you can use it all the time! We love to serve it as a side dish for grilled chicken, BBQ ribs or Chilean completos. Making your own coleslaw at home is both easy and delicious!

How to Make Coleslaw

Making this classic homemade coleslaw recipe is as easy as it gets! It’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.

Prep Veggies – Simply chop some cabbage and grate some carrots, then mix them together in a bowl until they are well blended. I chopped up my cabbage with a knife, but you can use a food processor to make the process quicker and easier.

Homemade Dressing – You can buy coleslaw dressing, or step up your coleslaw game and make your own! This is our favorite Homemade Coleslaw Dressing. Add your dressing to the cabbage mixture and coat it well. This literally takes 5 minutes to make!!!

Cool – Refrigerate the coleslaw for at least two hours before serving. This is an important step because it will allow the dressing to soak into the cabbage and give it the perfect texture.

Serving – Homemade coleslaw can also be a used as a delicious topping on some sandwiches and tacos. Try adding it on top of Fish Tacos, Barbecue Beef Sandwiches or Baked Pastrami Sandwiches.

classic coleslaw with a homemade dressing

Recipe Tips

More Color – To add more color in your coleslaw, simply substitute half of the green cabbage with purple cabbage.

Crisper Texture – If you like your coleslaw to have a crunchier texture, hold off on mixing the dressing with the cabbage until you’re ready to serve it.

Perfect Amount of Dressing – Everyone likes a different amount of dressing. I’d recommend pouring 2/3 of the dressing into the coleslaw and mixing it that together. Keep adding more to your desired amount.

Make Ahead & Storage

Make Ahead – Since this recipe is so easy to make, you can quickly put it together the night before and leave it in the refrigerator over night.

Storage – Coleslaw will keep in the fridge for about three or four days before you’ll want to toss it. I actually think it tastes better the day after I make it!

Storing Tip – My family loves coleslaw so I’ll usually store the leftovers in these small deli containers so they can take some to school or work the next day.

More Easy Side Salad Recipes

This homemade coleslaw is definitely one of my favorite side dishes! Give is a try today and let us know in the comments below how you liked it. Is there anything else you love to add when you make coleslaw?

Easy Homemade Coleslaw
4.84 from 6 votes

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

This flavorful homemade coleslaw is a delicious side dish or condiment! It's perfect for barbecues and potlucks, and adds great flavor!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, cabbage, potluck
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 109 kcal


  • 1/2 cabbage shredded (about 6 cups)
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 3/4 cup coleslaw dressing store-bought or homemade


  1. Add the cabbage and carrot to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Pour the dressing dressing over the cabbage and toss until fully coated.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. 

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Recipe Notes

Will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Coleslaw Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1344IU27%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a light blue bowl full of homemade coleslaw using this easy recipe

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