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Classic Homemade Coleslaw

Make a crowd-pleasing classic coleslaw: shredded cabbage, carrots, and creamy dressing. Great for picnics, barbecues, or as a delicious side dish.

I have a deep affection for Classic Coleslaw made from scratch. The satisfying crunch combined with the creamy dressing makes it my go-to salad for any occasion. This quick and easy homemade coleslaw recipe is a must-try. With its creamy dressing, it is the perfect side dish for summer gatherings.
While coleslaw tends to be overshadowed by more attention-grabbing dishes at picnics, barbecues, or fish fries, a truly exceptional coleslaw demands your attention.


Classic Homemade Coleslaw

Cooking method: Mixing
Cuisine: United States
Courses: Sides
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
15 min 60 min 75 min
Servings: 6 person
Calories: 115kcal
Best season: all

Coleslaw is a well-liked side dish

composed of finely shredded cabbage and grated carrots dressed in a creamy sauce. It is renowned for its crunchy texture, delightful taste, and adaptability. Coleslaw is often savored alongside dishes like fried chicken, burgers, or sandwiches, making it a common choice for picnics and barbecues.

The precise origins of coleslaw are a subject of debate, but it is thought to have originated in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands. The term “coleslaw” is derived from the Dutch word “koolsla,” meaning “cabbage salad.” Dutch immigrants brought this dish to the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Initially, coleslaw featured a dressing made with vinegar. However, in the 18th century, the introduction of mayonnaise transformed the dish, granting it a creamier and more indulgent flavor. Coleslaw gained popularity in the United States and became a fundamental side dish in American cuisine.

Classic Homemade Coleslaw Recipe
Make a crowd-pleasing classic coleslaw: shredded cabbage, carrots, and creamy dressing.

Throughout time,

diverse regional and cultural variations of coleslaw emerged. For instance, Southern-style coleslaw often incorporates ingredients like buttermilk, mustard, and celery seeds, resulting in a tangy and slightly spicy taste. In different parts of the world, coleslaw may include alternative vegetables such as red cabbage, apples, or even broccoli.

To this day, classic coleslaw remains a cherished dish enjoyed worldwide. Its straightforward ingredients and versatility make it a favored complement to a wide array of meals. Whether served at a casual backyard barbecue or a formal family gathering, coleslaw remains a prevalent and invigorating side dish.



  1. In a large bowl,

    combine the shredded cabbage, sliced red onion and grated carrots.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream or yoghurt, sugar, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.

  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage, red onion and carrot mixture.

  4. Toss the ingredients together until the cabbage, red onion and carrots are evenly coated with the dressing.

  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

  6. Before serving, give the coleslaw a good stir to ensure that the dressing is well distributed.

  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

  8. Serve chilled as a side dish or topping for sandwiches or burgers.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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