15 Picnic-Ready Coleslaw Recipes

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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, that 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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    Basic Vegan Coleslaw

    Basic Vegan Cole Slaw

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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. Vegan mayonnaise, plus a little soy milk replace traditional mayo in this recipe, for a tasty, creamy, vegan slaw.

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    Everything Slaw

    Everything Slaw

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    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 mayo

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    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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    Asian Slaw

    Asian Slaw

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

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    Creamy Coleslaw With Pineapple

    Creamy Coleslaw With Pineapple

    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 adds 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

    Diana Rattray

    Kale and cabbage slaw is a flavorful way to get nutritious kale into your diet. This healthy, 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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    Pumpkin Seed Coleslaw with Thai Peanut Dressing

    Pumpkin Seed Cole Slaw with Thai Peanut Dressing

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    Win your next potluck or grilling party with this fabulous, high-protein, Thai-inspired coleslaw salad. Pumpkin seeds, cabbage, carrots, and scallions are combined in an easy, out-of-this-world homemade dressing made with peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and vinegar.

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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 nutrition 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 Noodle Coleslaw

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    Ramen noodles are added uncooked to this super-easy, inspired summer slaw, adding 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

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    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 diet-conscious creamy dressing!

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    Red Barbecue Slaw

    Red Barbecue Slaw

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    Red coleslaw makes a bright addition to any buffet or cookout, and is a favorite topping for pulled pork sandwiches. The tangy, homemade barbecue dressing could not be easier to make, with ketchup, cider vinegar, pimentos, jarred dill pickle relish, and pantry spices.

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    Pickled Ginger Coleslaw

    Pickled Ginger Coleslaw

    Ansel Olson

    Pickled ginger, plus pickling liquid, are the secret ingredients to this simply delicious coleslaw recipe that would make a tasty, tangy topping for fish tacos, or a fresh and healthy 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

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    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.