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 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


  • 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, 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


  • Sherry: I am doing keto, so sugar and honey were a no-no for me! I added dill weed and celery seed, also some advocado mayo!!! May 25, 2019 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Jan: Very good. Made it to go with brats! So
    Easy. May 25, 2019 at 3:33pm Reply

  • Lynn: My family loves it!! Very good. I’m now required to bring this to every cook out. Very easy to make. I like to make it the night before so the flavors go through. May 25, 2019 at 11:32am Reply

  • Liz: I was looking for a quick coleslaw to accompany some roast pork & this was so easy to make. It was delicious! My husband & I loved it! I used 1 1/2 cups freshly grated cabbage & 1/2 cup freshly grated carrots, then I followed the rest of the recipe as written using honey because I don’t eat sugar. For those who follow a sugar free way of eating, the honey makes it just as delicious as if it had sugar, I promise. I will definitely save this one😍😍😍 April 27, 2019 at 9:47am Reply

  • Jenn: So easy. Thanks so much! Loved it! I used sugar.😉 April 24, 2019 at 5:53am Reply

  • Megan Smith: I just made your recipe to go with some BBQ sandwiches. It’s the perfect accompaniment and it’s so delicious. I can’t believe how easy it was to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe. April 22, 2019 at 6:05pm Reply

  • Marilyn Walker: So simple and Delicious! April 21, 2019 at 7:55pm Reply

  • Carole: My family ate almost all of it (everyone had seconds) and there was a serving left over in the fridge that I dreamed of eating all the next day at work … but when I got home, my son had already gotten to it … it was gone!! :) April 16, 2019 at 9:26pm Reply

    • Katherine: Thank you for saving me $4 on a jar from the store this was delicious. April 26, 2019 at 7:28am Reply

    • Shelley: How many servings did it make? It says 4, but seems like it would be more. May 14, 2019 at 3:14pm Reply

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