14 Great Ways to Use Coleslaw

Complete Your Meal or Sandwich With Tangy, Versatile Coleslaw

Tangy fresh coleslaw

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There's no side dish or salad quite as versatile as coleslaw. A tangy cabbage salad can round out an everyday dinner or barbecue and turn it into something extraordinary. Not only is it delicious served alongside other dishes, but coleslaw also makes a delicious topping on all kinds of sandwiches, from fried fish and tacos to hot dogs and burgers. 

Coleslaw is also easy on the budget. All you need is a head of cabbage, some dressing, and some simple seasonings to make a delicious slaw. While you can throw a bowl of tasty coleslaw together in minutes, preparation for the most flavorful slaw is best started at least a few hours in advance. First, toss a head of shredded cabbage with 2 tablespoons of salt. Put it in a colander in the sink and let it stand for an hour or two. Rinse the cabbage and then dry. Toss the cabbage with your favorite dressing and seasonings; serve it right away or—better yet—let it chill for an hour or two before serving.

Slaw doesn't have to be limited to cabbage, though; it can be made with other vegetables as well. Shredded broccoli, radicchio, purple cabbage, and carrots are often used in a slaw. Try using apples, as in the Everything Slaw. Dressings are versatile as well. Use a vinegar-based dressing mixture for a Carolina slaw or make an Asian-style slaw with soy sauce and sesame oil. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! 


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    General Tso Fried Chicken Sandwich

    General Tso Chicken sandwich with coleslaw

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    A crunchy Asian-style slaw topping is undeniably the best choice for this Chinese takeout-inspired sandwich. Crispy fried chicken is coated with the classic General Tso sauce before it's added to the sandwich. Surprise your family with these sensational sandwiches.

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    Pulled Pork Egg Rolls, Baked or Fried

    Pulled pork egg rolls made with coleslaw

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    Freshly made vinegar-based coleslaw is combined with leftover pulled pork to make these innovative egg rolls, and you can choose to bake or deep fry them. The egg rolls are surprisingly easy to prepare and cook. Serve them with barbecue sauce or an Asian-style sweet and sour sauce.

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    Tofu Tacos

    Tofu breaded tacos with coleslaw

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    If you're looking for a meat-free lunch or dinner idea, these tofu tacos are the perfect solution. Stir-fried chili-seasoned tofu mimics ground beef crumbles, and the easy slaw mixture adds amazing flavor. Use corn tortillas or flour tortillas for these tacos.

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    Halibut Tacos

    Fish tacos with coleslaw

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    Fish tacos are fantastic with slaw, and these halibut tacos are an excellent example. The slaw in this recipe is a unique combination of radicchio, a chopped avocado, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper.

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    Crock Pot Pulled Chicken

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    Cooked shredded chicken is yet another perfect opportunity to use fresh, crunchy coleslaw. Use your favorite creamy coleslaw or a vinegar-based slaw to top these juicy slow-cooked chicken sandwiches.

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    Danilo's Corned Beef Sandwich

    Corned Beef Sandwich

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    This simple corned beef sandwich is similar to the famous Reuben and Rachel sandwiches. Instead of the classic sauerkraut, creamy coleslaw makes up the topping. Danilo's version does not include cheese, but feel free to add a slice of Swiss, Muenster, or cheddar. 

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    Chicken Shawarma Sliders

    Shredded chicken slider

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    Grilled shredded chicken breasts make up the filling for this sandwich, similar to this snack-sized Middle Eastern-style sandwich. Top these yummy sliders off with some coleslaw and you've got a great meal.

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    Memphis-Style Pulled Pork

    Pulled pork with cabbage slaw and fries

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    A Memphis rub and finishing sauce flavors this authentic smoked pulled-pork sandwich. The pork cooks to perfection in a smoker with charcoal and wood chips. Serve with extra sauce and your favorite coleslaw. Or use it to top shredded beef or shredded brisket sandwiches.

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    Asian Steak Tacos

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    Tempt your taste buds with these Asian steak tacos. The slaw is a fabulous combination of Napa cabbage, golden beets, leeks, and ginger. Make them a meal or make them snack-size with mini corn tortillas.

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    Cajun Fish Sandwiches With Crunchy Slaw

    Fish sandwich with crunchy coleslaw

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    Use regular bagged coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw to make the topping for these delicious fried fish sandwiches. Mild white fish fillets are deep fried to crispy, golden perfection for these wonderful sandwiches.

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    Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork

    Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw

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    This popular Carolina-style pulled pork is slow cooked with a vinegar-based sauce. The pork is shredded and served on buns with barbecue sauce and freshly made coleslaw.

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    Throw a Hot Dog Party

    Hot dog with coleslaw

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    Wrap your hot dogs in bacon and top them with coleslaw and jalapeño peppers, or try the Asian slaw dog with a mango and cabbage slaw.

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    Salmon Burgers

    Salmon burger with coleslaw and avocado

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    Adding fresh, cold, crisp coleslaw to a hot grilled salmon burger turns an otherwise ordinary burger into a colorful sandwich that's full of flavor and crunch. This particular slaw is an attractive combination of purple radicchio and carrots. Substitute with purple cabbage if you'd like.

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    Slow Cooker Shredded Beef for Sandwiches

    Barbecue Beef Sandwich

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    Shredded slow cooked beef is another excellent way to use coleslaw. Serve the slaw on the side or use it as a topping for the barbecue beef sandwiches.