Simple Coleslaw Recipe

If you’re searching for a Simple Coleslaw Recipe, this is it! It doesn’t get easier than using pre-packaged, shredded cabbage and my tasty 3 ingredient dressing.

Black plate filled with creamy Coleslaw recipe. pinterestColeslaw is one of my favorite deli salads. I love the tangy and creamy dressing over the finely shredded and crunchy cabbage. This recipe is quick, easy and can be made a few days in advance too!

Coleslaw Ingredients:

The main ingredient in coleslaw is cabbage. You can use a mixture of green cabbage, purple cabbage and even Napa cabbage. Since I’m usually in a hurry, I love to just grab a package of pre-shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix in the produce section of the grocery store and mix up my own dressing.

  • Coleslaw Mix (shredded cabbage and carrot blend)*
  • Mayo – real mayo, not miracle whip
  • Apple Cider Vinegar  – you can also use lemon juice for a different, less sweet flavor.
  • Sugar – white sugar

*There are other coleslaw blends out there that include kale, broccoli, or other crisp veggies. All would work great with my dressing!

Mix together the coleslaw mix with mayo, apple cider vinegar and sugar in a large bowl.

How Long Does Coleslaw Last?

Coleslaw can last up to 3 to 5 days when covered tightly and stored in the refrigerator. That makes it a great salad to prep ahead of time and bring to parties.

Keep in mind that the longer the salad sits with the dressing on it, the less crunchy the cabbage will be.

PRO TIP: For maximum crunch, prepare the dressing ahead of time and toss with the cabbage just before serving.

What to Serve with Coleslaw Salad

Coleslaw is a cool and crisp salad that has a tangy, yet creamy dressing. I find it’s best when served with smoky and/or spicy meats, like at a bbq. Here are some more great ways to enjoy coleslaw…

Top down picture of a black plate with coleslaw salad piled high.

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I hope you enjoy this simple, yet super flavorful Coleslaw recipe as much as we do!

Black plate filled with creamy Coleslaw recipe.
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Coleslaw Recipe

This simple and easy Coleslaw Recipe uses just 4 ingredients and comes together in minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 152 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 14 oz coleslaw mix, finely shredded cabbage mix
  • salt and pepper , to taste


  • In a large bowl whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the coleslaw mix and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Coleslaw can last in the fridge from 3 to 5 days. The longer it sits with the dressing, the less crunchy the cabbage will become. 


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Cabbage, Coleslaw, Dressing, Salad
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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