Coleslaw Recipe {Only 4 Ingredients!}

07.14.2018

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 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 16 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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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, apples, dried cranberries or sliced almonds.
Nutrition Facts
Coleslaw Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 36.3mg44%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coleslaw recipe
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

30 comments

  • John Teel: Excellent i made it in 5 min. Tasty and delicious July 21, 2019 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Savannah: Absolutely delicious! July 17, 2019 at 2:14pm Reply

  • Sherry: Made this to go with pulled pork on July 4th and it is my new favorite! Even better the second day! July 9, 2019 at 9:13am Reply

  • Bridget: VG recipe with a few tweaks. Too sweet for our taste with 1 1/2T of honey (should have used 1T) so I added a little more mayo, about 1T brown mustard and some celery seed plus about a tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar. June 30, 2019 at 10:34am Reply

  • Valerie Addy: Just made today for bbq tomorrow It tastes lovely jope its going to keep ok as your advice is serve right away. June 29, 2019 at 9:10am Reply

  • Melony Mathison: Your recipes look good i have to try some of them June 28, 2019 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Joseph Baker: VERRRY GOOD, too simple to be this good. May 28, 2019 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Rita J Skauby: Forgot to buy my standard dressing in the grocery section so googled for recipe …….. ths was very very similar…… and easier and cheaper ….. and no waste ! May 27, 2019 at 3:34pm Reply

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