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Easy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

Coleslaw, or Cole Slaw, although can be traced back to a humble German or Netherland origin, is currently one of the most popular side dishes throughout Europe, especially in the summertime.

August 13, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 15 mins



  1. Take a large mixing bowl and pour your mayonnaise or olive oil first.
  2. Add salt, sugar, black pepper, and lemon juice, and mix well by stirring the ingredients for a few seconds.
  3. Now, it’s time to add spring onions and cabbages. Again mix the items well.
  4. İt's done. You can serve coleslaw as filling of your sandwich or a side dish of various burgers, grilled steaks, more.
  5. If there is any leftover that you want to store for later use, it’s alright to keep the dish refrigerated for 2-3 days.
  6. Instead of freshly served, you can use coleslaw as a cold salad as well depending on your main course. Keep the mix in your refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Coleslaw
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11 g14.1%
Cholesterol 6 mg2%
Protein 2 g4%
Sodium 274 mg11.9%
Potassium 376 mg8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • For extra flavor, add freshly diced onion before serving.
  • Sometimes you feel the crunch isn’t satisfactory enough. In that case, you can include some finely diced celery and it will make the coleslaw crunchy again.
  • Make the dressing a little to maintain a light and bracing dish. To balance the taste perfectly one should use a 1:1 proportion of fat to acid.
  • It’s recommended to keep the recipe acidic, which will make it light and more appetizing. We suggest an equal ratio of fat (mayonnaise, sour cream, or olive oil) and acid (lemon juice or vinegar), although you can adjust it further according to individual taste.
  • Here’s another little-known secret – a little amount of honey or sugar can greatly balance grilled meats by enhancing the natural sweetness of the veggies.
  • Coleslaw will lose its crunch if you dress too much at a time or too early before serving. To maintain the freshness and overall quality, it’s best to serve your coleslaw within 20 minutes after adding the dressing.
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If you thought coleslaw would require plenty of different ingredients and you would need to use only fresh ones, you are in for a nice surprise. Because here we are going to use merely a handful of main ingredients in this perfect homemade coleslaw recipe with a cabbage that was shredded and stored in our fridge last night. And trust us, it tastes amazing.

For those who are looking for that ideal side dish that goes great with any sandwich burger or grilled meat item like steak, ham, or chicken during their outdoor summer barbeques, this is the one you can quickly prepare.It’s highly customizable and you will also get some unique variation ideas to make the recipe even more lip-smacking below.

What Is Coleslaw?

Coleslaw is a type of salad that is believed to have its origin in the dutch part of the ancient roman kingdom, which we know as Nederland. It is made of freshly shredded cabbage with mayonnaise as its dressing primarily or sometimes sour cream.

Apart from cabbage, you can use other veggies like spring onions or grated carrots as per your preferences. For mayonnaise, both store-bought and homemade should give you almost equally great results.

Is Coleslaw Keto?

Classic dutch and American versions of coleslaw are not keto since they require refined white sugar as an ingredient to make the dressings. However, it’s not very difficult to prepare a keto version by swapping out white sugar for any artificial sweetener. The result will be as good as the traditional coleslaw, so you are not compromising anything, to be honest.

What Is The Best Cabbage to Use?

While any generic white crunch cabbage would be fine for a yummy coleslaw, we recommend napa cabbage for the best crunch and they are probably the easiest one to slice a lot pretty quickly as well.

Many also prefer red cabbages to give the recipe a more colorful contrast. However, they tend to bleed and their red color will interfere with other ingredients, giving the dish a different appearance than you expected. It will help if the red cabbage is kept soaked for 30 minutes in the water ahead of the actual preparation.

What To Serve with Coleslaw?

It has no easy answer and the question should be what not to! Pretty much any of your favorite veg and non-veg summer recipes or snacks can be perfectly combined with coleslaw, such as hamburger, sandwich, hot dog, french fry, lobster, fried clams, and more.

As a side dish, coleslaw is extremely flexible. Just by altering some ingredients and their amounts, you can make it either creamy or tangy, or spicy according to what you are serving it with.

Here are our some delicious recipes you can serve with Coleslaw:

How to Store Coleslaw?

You can store coleslaw easily in a refrigerator. Firstly, if you don’t want to use all the amount you made in a single go, do not forget to refrigerate within a maximum of 2 hours of preparation. Use an airtight container and keep it in your deep fridge to extend the shelf life up to 5 days. However, it will be wise to check for any bad odor or discoloration before you serve it.

Coleslaw Recipe Variation

Coleslaw is perhaps one of those dishes that everybody loves to add their own variations on to make the recipe special. Here are two of our favorites -

Dressing with Vinegar: Prepare the dressing with sugar and apple cider vinegar in a 1:1 ratio while adding little celery seeds, olive oil, and garlic.

Dressing with Mustard Sauce: Here the dressing will be made of yellow mustard sauce, or mustard mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. You can also include a dash of hot sauce to make the flavor even more intense.

Coleslaw is highly nutritious and can perfectly go with literally any of your favorite veg or non-veg snacks. As you can see, preparation is pretty straightforward and all you need is just mix the ingredients well, hence there can be no excuse for not trying this awesomely delicious side dish today.

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