Classic Coleslaw


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Tangy, just a little sweet, and a tad crunchy, this Classic Coleslaw Recipe is the only one you’ll ever need! This classic side dish is perfect to bring to a summer bbq or potluck with friends and family.

classic cole slaw

Ingredients for Classic Coleslaw

This coleslaw recipe is straightforward and no-frills, keeping it simple to make and delicious to eat. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • bag of shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix
  • mayonnaise
  • sugar
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
classic coleslaw

How to Make Classic Coleslaw

This Classic Coleslaw recipe is so simple to whip up and adds a burst of freshness and welcome crunch to any cookout. I love to make this when we’re having bbq for dinner. Something about the mix of the tangy slaw with sweet bbq sauce is just so dang good!

To make this recipe, all you have to do is mix up all of the ingredients in a bowl, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. I like to use this patterned mixing bowl because it comes with a lid for easy storage and transport. I also like to use bring this cute serving spoon along if I’m bringing this as a side dish to a friend’s house

What to Serve with Coleslaw

Coleslaw and bbq are the perfect match. Smoky flavors pair so well with creamy and bright coleslaw. I truly think any grilled meat is better with a side of coleslaw.

Serve this dish on the side when you make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Legs , or Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken with Corn and Potato Wedges, or throw it on top of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

More Side Dishes to Try

Classic Side Salad

Avocado Corn Salad

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

Classic Coleslaw

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Tangy, a little sweet, and a tad crunchy, this Classic Coleslaw Recipe is the only one you’ll ever need!


  • 16 oz 16 bag of shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp 1 sugar

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 salt

  • 1 tbsp 1 lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp 1 apple cider vinegar or white vinegar


  • To a medium-sized bowl add all of the ingredients and stir well. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Julia,I made this coleslaw today. It’s delicious! Tfs 💛Blessings

  2. This recipe is wonderful! Will be my white slaw recipe from now on! Thank you. 👍🏻

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