Coleslaw Recipe {Only 4 Ingredients!}


Yes that’s right, a 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!

Easy Coleslaw Recipe Homemade Dressing 4 Ingredients

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.

Coleslaw Dressing

This coleslaw dressing is only needs 3 ingredients: good quality mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and honey (or sugar works too). 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.


So here’s what you’ll need:

Coleslaw Ingredients

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

Coleslaw ingredients mayonnaise honey apple cider vinegar cabbage coleslaw mix

How to Make this Easiest 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 3 ingredients 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 like apples, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Or add poppy seeds and fresh strawberries. Then if you want a savory addition try adding in some blue cheese, it’s amazing in this!

To finish off this easy meal serve it with pulled chicken sandwiches – add a few chicken breasts to a slow cooker, add in about 1/4 cup chicken broth, season the chicken with salt pepper garlic powder and onion powder. Cook on low until it shreds easily about 4 – 5 hours then mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce to coat. Serve in fresh bakery hamburger buns.

Coleslaw Recipe

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Coleslaw Recipe

5 from 3 votes

The easiest homemade coleslaw with only FOUR ingredients! So creamy, so refreshing and so delicious. The perfect summer side dish! See notes above for mix-in ideas.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 240 kcal


  • 1 (14 oz.) pkg. coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey (or white 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.

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.

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  • 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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