How to Make Coleslaw From Scratch

Looking for the perfect coleslaw recipe for this summer? Let me show you how to make coleslaw from scratch! It’s so easy and you only need a few ingredients!

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How to Make Coleslaw From Scratch

It’s THAT time of year!! Yes, backyard barbeques with friends and family, church picnics, easy meals….and of course, the main season of….don’t heat up your house, unless absolutely necessary!

— Here are some delicious No Cook Meal Ideas for Hot Summer Days.

It’s also gardening season, lots of fresh vegetables coming from the garden and the perfect time to make an easy, healthy coleslaw from scratch. This is a pretty basic recipe but it is so good and easy! It’s a great recipe to make in a hurry if you are like me, and panic when you have to furnish something for a picnic. That’s one of the great things about coleslaw, you can easily have these ingredients on hand. Cabbage and carrots don’t go bad quickly on you so you can keep them in your crisper drawer and whip together a recipe fairly quickly.

Ingredients for Coleslaw

Easy Coleslaw Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 batch of Homemade Mayo (If you make a large batch of coleslaw, you will still want to make your mayo in one recipe increments, so you will always have favorable results)
  • Carrots, 4 medium size
  • Cabbage, approximately one medium-size head (I like to use a combination of red and green cabbage)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Shredded Cabbage for Coleslaw

How to make:

First, wash all of your vegetables. Then cut the cabbage into manageable pieces and peel the carrots.

Next, shred or chop your vegetables up. I use a BOSCH shredder attachment and run everything through it. If you don’t have one, don’t worry…just shred everything up in the size or shapes that you prefer. You can shred the carrots with a cheese grater and then just cut the cabbage into shreds.

How to Make Coleslaw From Scratch

Dump the carrots and cabbage in a large bowl. Make sure you grab an extra-large bowl so that you have enough room to stir things up well without tossing cabbage shreds out all onto your counter. You can always transfer it to a prettier bowl once it’s mixed.

Next, make your Homemade Mayo batch or have one already prepared. Add this to your cabbage and carrots and stir well. That’s it! This is an easy recipe that even your kids will enjoy helping to make.

Easy Coleslaw

It is best to mix your coleslaw up ahead of time and let it set in the fridge for a couple of hours before servings. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it seems to taste better when all the flavors have a little more time to marry together.

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Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of Homemade Mayo If you make a large batch of coleslaw, you will still want to make your mayo in one recipe increments, so you will always have favorable results
  • Carrots 4 medium size
  • Cabbage approximately one medium-size head (I like to use a combination of red and green cabbage)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. First, wash all of your vegetables. Then cut the cabbage into manageable pieces and peel the carrots.
  2. Next, shred or chop your vegetables up. I use a BOSCH shredder attachment and run everything through it. If you don't have one, don't worry...just shred everything up in the size or shapes that you prefer. You can shred the carrots with a cheese grater and then just cut the cabbage into shreds.
  3. Dump the carrots and cabbage in a large bowl.
  4. Next, make your Homemade Mayo batch (or have one already prepared).
  5. Add the mayo to your cabbage and carrots and stir well.

Recipe Notes

It is best to mix your coleslaw up ahead of time and let it set in the fridge for a couple of hours before servings. It's not absolutely necessary, but it seems to taste better when all the flavors have a little more time to marry together.

I just made this easy coleslaw recipe again and paired it with ribs that were made in the crockpot and I used this delicious, Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe. It made a delicious meal that left everyone wanting more.

How to Make Coleslaw

This is a perfect salad to share at a backyard barbeque or serve at home with your favorite meal.

Looking for more delicious recipes to enjoy this summer? Here are a few of my favorites:

Old Fashioned Baked Beans Recipe

Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

Crockpot Drumsticks with Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

Crock Pot Baked Beans

Fresh and Easy Avocado Corn Salsa Recipe

Don’t forget dessert! Try this Lemonade Poke Cake Recipe or some delicious Peach Cheesecake Cobbler!

Enjoy your summer picnics!

Have you ever tried to learn how to make coleslaw from scratch? What additions would you make to this recipe?

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This post on How to Make Coleslaw from Scratch was originally published on Little House Living in May 2016. It has been updated as of May 2020.

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25 Comments

  1. My addition to this basic coleslaw is onion. Just shred in your cuisinart and add along with some pepper and celery seed. Just to spice it up a notch!

  2. We love coleslaw, but we eliminate the mayo and add olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice..

  3. We love coleslaw and your recipe sounds great!
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  4. I always add a little celery seed. By the way, bought your book and I’m loving it. Great job!

  5. Just in time for summer family events. Thank you! I look forward to trying your mom’s recipe.

  6. I may try this recipe this weekend. It looks similar to my current favorite recipe, but even easier. 😉 Thank you for the chance to win the Hoss cultivator!

  7. I love your blog, I get so many good ideas. Keep up your terrific ideas thanks for all you have helped me.

  8. I add a bit of sugar, and some red wine vinegar to pop the flavor! Sometimes I add some minced onions too… Just made a bowl this evening. I love your emails.

  9. I make slaw dressing with about 1 cup of jarred mayo, mixed with about 1/3c. sugar, 1/3c. apple cider vinegar, a splat of ground red pepper. The balance of sweet to sour is what is important. Sometimes I like to add finely chopped white onion, too, like a previous reader suggested. I can’t wait to try your homemade mayo recipe!

  10. We love oil and vinegar dressing on ours. Add a little sugar and salt. We always have it for Christmas dinner.

  11. WOW! Never heard of a coleslaw recipe without onions! But, to each his own, of course! I think onions give it what it needs. Rather than mayo (I don’t use it anymore in anything), I prefer to use Miracle Whip in anything that calls for mayo – just has that extra “something”. I also add a “splash” of white vinegar to add the tang needed in coleslaw. Bon apetit!!!

  12. I add a touch of cider vinegar a a little tang & a touch of agave nectar for a touch of sweet.
    Can be added to taste..It’s refreshing.

  13. I wouldn’t use plain mayo – it would taste bland. Always put in a splash of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar and a tsp. of brown sugar to mix with the mayo.