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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!
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, with 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 or backyard barbecue. 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 that you can keep them in your crisper drawer and whip together a recipe fairly quickly.
Ingredients in the Easy Coleslaw Recipe
- Homemade Mayo. I’ve found that homemade mayonnaise works best in this recipe because the flavor is so good. However, store-bought mayo will also work if you are in a time crunch.
- Carrots. If you have carrots in your garden these will add the best flavor!
- Cabbage. You will need approximately one medium-sized head to make enough shredded cabbage for this recipe. I like to use a combination of red cabbage and green cabbage, but use what you have.
- Salt and Pepper. These are just added for taste. You might also want to add a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for a little acid and tang. Some also might want to add a touch of honey for a bit of sweetness.
The ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten-free and dairy free!
Want to make something other than the classic coleslaw recipe? Add in a bit of dijon mustard OR finely diced onion OR a bit of celery seeds OR a different kind of shredded veggies, and see how that changes up the flavor! Experimenting with a basic recipe is fun; you might find a new favorite variation!
How to Make Coleslaw From Scratch
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… shred everything up in the size or shapes you prefer. You can shred the carrots with a cheese grater and cut the cabbage into shreds with a sharp knife.
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 toss well. That’s it! This is an easy recipe that even your kids will enjoy helping to make.
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
- 1 batch of Homemade Mayo Or 1 cup mayo from the store
- 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
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.
Dump the carrots and cabbage in a large bowl.
Next, make your Homemade Mayo batch (or have one already prepared).
Add the mayo to your cabbage and carrots and stir well.
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.
What to Serve the Homemade Coleslaw Recipe With
I just made this easy coleslaw recipe again and served it as a side dish with ribs that were made in the crockpot, and I used this Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe for the ribs. It made a delicious meal that left everyone wanting more.
Some other good things to serve with it might be:
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- BBQ Chicken
- Roast Beef
This is a perfect salad to share at a backyard barbeque or serve at home as the perfect side dish with your favorite meal. The creamy coleslaw dish that it produces is hard to beat!
More Summertime Recipes
- 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
- Lemonade Poke Cake Recipe
- 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?
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 April 2023.