Coleslaw Recipe {Only 4 Ingredients!}


Homemade Coleslaw with only 4 ingredients! It couldn’t be easier to make and it’s so creamy and refreshing! I used to think coleslaw would require a lot of ingredients and insisted on freshly shredded cabbage but this version uses FOUR ingredients and includes a pre-shredded cabbage blend and it tastes perfect!

Coleslaw in a blue serving bowl set over a grey surface.

Easiest Coleslaw Recipe!

This coleslaw recipe is one of those back pocket recipes, especially during the summer with all the cookouts. It’s the perfect last minute side and goes perfectly with grilled meats or sandwiches like pulled pork/chicken sandwiches or french dip.

This coleslaw dressing is only needs 3 ingredients! Then if you want more flavor on top of that you can add in things like a little celery seed or dijon mustard but I prefer it as is.

Coleslaw Salad and Dressing Ingredients

  • Shredded coleslaw mix
  • Good quality mayonnaise
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey

Coleslaw ingredients show here including mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, and cabbage coleslaw mix.

How to Make Coleslaw

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and honey. If needed season with a bit of salt.

Making coleslaw dressing in mixing bowl with 3 ingredients including mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar.

Place shredded coleslaw mix in a large bowl then pour the dressing mixture over.

Adding coleslaw dressing to coleslaw in mixing bowl.

And then just toss to evenly coat. I like to serve it right away while the cabbage is nice and crisp but if want it a little more tender let it rest 10 minutes in the fridge. Could it get any easier??

Tossing coleslaw mixture and dressing in mixing bowl

More Mix-In Ideas

You can also add other mix-ins to the coleslaw things like:

  • apples
  • dried cranberries
  • sliced almonds
  • bleu cheese
  • poppyseeds
  • fresh strawberries

What Should I Serve with It?

Coleslaw goes well with just about anything (ribs, chicken, pulled pork, etc). For an easy dinner try pulled chicken sandwiches! This is how I make them:

  • Add a few chicken breasts to a slow cooker
  • Add in about 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Season chicken with salt pepper garlic powder and onion powder
  • Cook on low until cooked through (about 4 1/2 – 5 hours)
  • Drain, shred then mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce to coat.
  • Serve in fresh bakery hamburger buns.

Close up image of coleslaw with dressing in a dark blue bowl.

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Coleslaw Recipe

5 from 3 votes

The easiest homemade coleslaw with only FOUR ingredients and it only takes minutes to make! It's so creamy, so refreshing and so delicious. The perfect summer side dish! 

Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 (14 oz.) pkg. coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt (optional, to taste)


  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise honey, apple cider vinegar and a pinch or two of salt if needed.

  2. Place coleslaw mixture in a medium mixing bowl pour mayonnaise mixture over then toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Try it with mix-ins too! I love it with bleu cheese, or apples are good too!
Nutrition Facts
Coleslaw Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 196mg 8%
Potassium 168mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 4%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coleslaw recipe
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Chris lb: very nice this coleslaw salade ,it’s very testy November 7, 2018 at 11:26am Reply

  • Susie Lloyd: Delicious and so easy! A big hit when I made it for our last church potluck! August 12, 2018 at 7:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear it went well for you Susie! Thanks for the great review! August 12, 2018 at 3:28pm Reply

  • Rebecca Kauffman: Oh my gosh, this is a really good, easy, recipe! I love coleslaw, but never quite found one that was creamy and tasty without being too acidic. Definitely a keeper! July 22, 2018 at 4:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Rebecca! Thanks for your feedback! July 23, 2018 at 11:59am Reply

  • Lisa: I love cole slaw and was just going to look up a recipe when this came up on my Pinterest suggestions. Yay! I love that it’s simple and quick and yet so good! I’ll pin it and refer to it often. 👍🏻 July 20, 2018 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Simple recipes are the best :). Glad you liked it, thanks for the 5 star review Lisa! July 21, 2018 at 9:52pm Reply

  • Carissa Nelson | Spoonful of Easy: Hi Jaclyn,

    Perfect timing because we’re going to a last minute cookout tomorrow and I needed something easy to bring! Loving that this is just four ingredients and a sweet coleslaw is the best in my book. Definitely making this! July 14, 2018 at 9:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Carissa! July 15, 2018 at 8:02pm Reply

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