Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe
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Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Hey everyone, it’s Kevin! Today I’m sharing a classic creamy coleslaw recipe that is just in time for grilling season!

This easy coleslaw recipe only takes 10 minutes to make and will be the perfect side for your summer barbecue! Eat it with some delicious burgers or as a topping for a pulled pork sandwich.

Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

What’s In Coleslaw?

Classic coleslaw is usually comprised of just 3 ingredients: cabbage, carrots, and a dressing of your choice. If you want, you can just use green cabbage, but I like to add some color by mixing green and purple cabbage.

For the carrots, you can either do a thin julienne to cut them into matchstick sized pieces, or you can use the large holes on a box grater to get similarly shredded carrots. If you use the box grater, make sure to hold the carrot at about a 45° angle to the grate so your pieces aren’t too short.

Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Creamy Dressing

Of course, no coleslaw is complete without a creamy dressing. For this recipe, I decided to use a dressing with a mayonnaise base, although some other popular choices include buttermilk and sour cream. Mayonnaise will result in a sweeter, richer dressing, and people are more likely to already have mayonnaise at home than buttermilk or sour cream.

The dressing itself is very simple, using only 4 ingredients. Other than the mayonnaise, we just add vinegar to enhance the flavor of the mayonnaise, and some sugar and salt to round out the flavor. Mix them well until the sugar completely dissolves, and you have yourself a perfect coleslaw dressing.

Let’s get started on this easy, creamy coleslaw recipe!

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Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

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Recipe by Kevin Lee Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This easy classic coleslaw recipe is so creamy and delicious! Whip it up in 10 minutes flat, and it’s the perfect side to a burger or as a topping for a pulled pork sandwich.


  • 1/4 green cabbage

  • 1/4 small purple cabbage

  • 1 carrot

  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Equipment
  • Large bowl

  • Box grater (optional)


  • Cut the green and purple cabbage against the grain into thin strips. Using the large holes on a box grater, shred the carrots while holding them diagonally to the grate (alternatively, julienne the carrots into thin matchsticks)Easiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe cut cabbage
  • In a bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix wellEasiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe dressing
  • Toss cabbage, carrots, and sauce together in a large bowl until fully mixedEasiest Creamy Coleslaw Recipe all mixed
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to combine. Enjoy!


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

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