14 Picnic-Ready Coleslaw Recipes

Say It With Slaw This Summer

Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw

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Coleslaw is an essential summer recipe that makes a great side dish, or a topping for burgers, barbecue sandwiches, tacos, and grilled meats, at all your summer picnics and cookouts. Basic coleslaw starts with hearty cabbage, but this flexible salad can be made with other sturdy vegetables too, and even beginner cooks can have fun tweaking their slaws with unexpected ingredients, or different dressings. We've rounded up our favorite coleslaw recipes for picnics and parties, including easy classic slaw recipes, and some new ideas for how you can enjoy refreshing slaw this summer.

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    Quick and Easy Creamy Coleslaw

    Quick and Easy Creamy Coleslaw

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    Classic creamy coleslaw to enjoy at picnics, cookouts, or piled atop burgers, is made easy with this recipe, which uses a bagged, pre-shredded cabbage mixture, and blends it with a quick, simply delicious mayonnaise dressing with cider vinegar and celery salt, plus some sugar for added sweetness.

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    Coleslaw Salad With Purple Cabbage

    Coleslaw Salad With Purple Cabbage

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    Here is a foolproof way to take good old-fashioned, picnic-style coleslaw and make it suitable for anyone on a vegan or egg-free diet. Opt for vegan mayonnaise for a tasty, coleslaw salad with purple cabbage.

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    Everything Slaw

    Everything Slaw

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Serve up a colorful coleslaw experience, and create a delicious topping for grilled burgers and tacos, with this awesome recipe for everything slaw. It goes beyond the usual cabbage-only slaw, with the addition of tart, juicy Granny Smith apple, jicama, carrot, and onion, all tossed in a tangy, sweet honey-Dijon dressing.

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    Classic Creamy Coleslaw Without Mayonnaise

    Classic Creamy Coleslaw Without Mayonnaise

    The Spruce / Stephanie Goldfinger

    Classic creamy coleslaw without mayonnaise? This clever recipe shows you how it's done, using a bit of cream and malt vinegar to dress the shredded cabbage, with simple seasonings added to lift all the flavors. For a more colorful slaw, feel free to toss in some sliced red onion, shredded carrots, or slender strips of purple cabbage.

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    Rainbow Slaw with Tamari Ginger Vinaigrette (Parve)

    Rainbow Slaw with Tamari Ginger Vinaigrette (Parve)

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

    Amp up the flavors at your next cookout with this outstanding rainbow slaw that includes a colorful vegetable mix of purple cabbage, red and yellow bell pepper, and carrots, all tossed in a delicate apple cider vinegar and soy sauce dressing, with a little brown sugar to add sweetness.

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    Blue Cheese Coleslaw

    Blue Cheese Coleslaw

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Start with a bag of prepared slaw mix and make a flavorful blue cheese coleslaw in minutes. The creamy dressing features blue cheese, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce. Add this flavorful slaw to burgers, hot dogs, or any sandwich or serve it as is.

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    Creamy Coleslaw With Pineapple

    Creamy Coleslaw With Pineapple

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Fruity, flavorful coleslaw with chunks of juicy pineapple is a tasty twist on the usual cookout slaw and makes a nice complement to grilled fish, chicken, or pork. Raisins and sunflower seeds add sweetness and crunch to this yummy, creamy summer slaw.

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    Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette

    Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Kale and cabbage slaw is a flavorful way to get kale into your diet. This fresh-tasting, crunchy summer salad is tossed in a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette, and studded with chopped walnuts or pecans for crunch.

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    Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw

    Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw

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    Carrot slaw is a classic, refreshing French summer salad, and this recipe adds crisp, peppery grated kohlrabi (a cabbage cousin) to the mixture, for added flavor and color. It's easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, including a simple homemade Dijon vinaigrette.

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    Ramen Noodle Coleslaw

    Ramen Cole Slaw

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    Ramen noodles are added uncooked to this super-easy, inspired summer slaw, adding a fantastic crunch to packaged coleslaw mix. Peanuts are added for even more texture, and the salad is simply dressed in a light and lovely mixture of rice vinegar, honey, and canola oil.

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    Broccoli Slaw With Raisins

    Broccoli Slaw With Raisins

    The Spruce

    Broccoli slaw with raisins is a popular potluck salad that is light enough for hot summer days but also works year-round at holiday meals. Start with packaged broccoli slaw mix, adding sweetness with raisins, and crunch with optional seeds or nuts. You'll love the included recipe for a flavorful creamy dressing!

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    Asian Coleslaw With Rice Vinegar Dressing

    Asian Coleslaw With Rice Vinegar Dressing

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Traditional coleslaw combined with Asian flavors creates a simply delicious coleslaw dish that would make a tasty, tangy topping for fish tacos, or a fresh side dish to serve with barbecue meats.

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    Raw Vegan Cole Slaw

    Raw Vegan Cole Slaw

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    When you're looking for a raw and living foods cabbage salad for summer cookouts, try this German-style slaw that is made with fresh raw green and purple cabbages, carrots, and cold pressed oils. It is dressed in a simple, sweetened mustard vinaigrette with agave nectar, and is totally gluten-free.

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    Carolina Slaw

    Carolina slaw recipe

    The Spruce / Debbie Wolfe

    Carolina-style coleslaw is made with a tasty, seasoned vinegar dressing, making it a lighter alternative to mayonnaise-based slaws. The seasoned dressing is cooked briefly on the stove top to blend the flavors, before pouring over shredded and chopped cabbage, bell pepper, onion, and carrots.