Easy Coleslaw

Easy Coleslaw

 Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Coleslaw is one of the easiest recipes for a delicious side dish or flavorful accessory to pair with your favorite dishes.

The key to making coleslaw easy and effortless is to purchase a bag or container of pre-shredded slaw. This convenience product can be found in the refrigerated area of the produce section of the grocery store. The benefits of perfectly sliced produce and virtually no cleanup can't be beat. These products are often made with thinly sliced cabbage and julienne cut carrots. Depending on how you plan to serve the slaw there are often options that include only green cabbage, only red cabbage or a combination of the two. You can choose your favorite based on personal preference, or the colors you are looking for in your final dish. Recently other types of prepared slaw have become popular, most notably broccoli slaw. This version has great texture and crunch not to mention the added health benefits of broccoli. Broccoli slaw will also work well in this recipe.

If you prefer to work from scratch, you can certainly purchase a head of cabbage and a bag of carrots and shred them yourself as well. When you do the work yourself it tends to save money, but there is added cleanup.

This recipe offers two versions of dressing for coleslaw. The classic creamy dressing or a tangy vinegar-based dressing. Both are easy to prepare and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. They both taste great as side dishes to or incorporated into recipes. Traditional creamy coleslaw is an excellent side dish for barbecue or burgers. It also tastes great on top of a pulled pork sandwich. Tangy vinegar coleslaw is perfect on top of fish tacos.

Ingredients

  • For the Slaw:
  • 12 ounce bag or container shredded cabbage blend or prepared slaw
  • For the Creamy Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Tangy Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  2. To prepare a creamy dressing, mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, granulated sugar and salt. Stir until well combined.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  3. Toss with 12 ounces of your choice of shredded cabbage blend or prepared slaw.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  5. To prepare a tangy dressing, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, celery seed, salt and pepper.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  6. Toss with 12 ounces of your choice of shredded cabbage blend or prepared slaw.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  8. Both versions of coleslaw taste great on their own, or they can dressed up with flavorful fresh herbs or thin slices of green onion. Thinly sliced jalapeno can be added for heat. Nuts or seeds can be tossed in for added crunch. Once you find your favorite base recipe for coleslaw, the possibilities are endless!

    Easy Coleslaw
     Kristina Vanni
  9. Enjoy!