Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Blue cheese coleslaw is the creamy, crunchy side dish that your summer barbecue has been missing, especially if you're a fan of Cobb and wedge salads. With only a few ingredients, you’ll be able to doctor up a bag of store-bought packaged slaw mix and wow at your next picnic or family gathering. This recipe calls for topping with crispy bacon crumbles for a nice added crunch, but it’s perfectly delicious without it if you're entertaining vegetarians and vegans.

There are so many ways to use the slaw. Take your grilled burgers to the next level by topping them with the smoky coleslaw. It’s also tasty with sweet barbecue pulled pork. Or load it on top of hot dogs, fish tacos, even fries. The slaw isn't just for cookouts—enjoy it at other times of the year on corned beef for an epic Rachel Sandwich. It’s so versatile and delicious, you won’t be able stop yourself from scooping more out of the bowl! 


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 (14-ounce) bag of coleslaw
  • 1 cup bacon (chopped, cooked)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Cheese Coleslaw ingredients

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  2. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, buttermilk, lemon juice, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until completely smooth. 

    mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, buttermilk, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor

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  3. Place the dressing in a large bowl and fold in the blue cheese crumbles until they are evenly dispersed, but not completely mashed up.

    blue cheese dressing in a bowl

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  4. Add the coleslaw to the bowl and stir to completely coat the coleslaw with the dressing. 

    coleslaw with dressing in a bowl

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  5. Top the coleslaw with the bacon crumbles and serve. Finish with a few extra blue cheese crumbles if you'd like.

    Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Bacon bits

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  • You can make the dressing up to three days in advance and just keep it in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Mix it up with the coleslaw a few hours before serving to keep it crisp and allow the flavors to meld. Top the coleslaw with the bacon right before you're ready to eat. You want them to add a nice crunch and they will get soggy if you add them too soon. 

Recipe Variations

  • There’s tons of other add-ins that are super delicious, including sliced red onion, chopped hard-boiled egg, julienned carrots, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced bell peppers, chopped apples, corn kernels.
  • For a kick, add a dash of hot sauce of fresh jalapeno slices.
  • You can also use different bases for the coleslaw instead of the standard coleslaw mix. Try out broccoli slaw, Brussels sprout slaw, red cabbage slaw, green apple slaw, or kale slaw. They all match well with the blue cheese flavors and it's a great way to use seasonal ingredients!