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Monday, April 4, 2016

Creamy Coleslaw

This creamy coleslaw is a classic summertime staple.  It is quick to make and good with burgers, BBQ and more! 

bowl of cole slaw with homemade creamy dressing

       There is just something about a delicious creamy coleslaw. It is easy to make and best made ahead and it goes so wonderfully with fried chicken, BBQ and more. It is a favorite summer side dish.

big bowl of shredded cabbage and carrots with a jar of homemade creamy cole slaw dressing

    Our family has been enjoying this coleslaw for years.  The original recipe is from The Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked cookbook that Pops and I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago.

     I changed it just a little to suit our tastes.  So many of the meals I grew up eating came from my mom's red and white checked cookbook that she got as a wedding gift.

     My daughters all have one too.  I have gifted many brides with their own copies.  Hopefully they will use theirs as references for years too!

bowl of shredded cabbage and carrots with dressing poured over the top

     Every time I make coleslaw, I am amazed by the process.  When you first pour the dressing on and give it a stir, it never seems like it is going to be enough.

     But over time in the refrigerator, the salt and vinegar work their magic. The cabbage softens up and everything comes together in the end.

     That is one of the fabulous parts about this salad.  Unlike most salads, you don't have to put it together at the last minute.

     In fact it is best when you do it a couple of hours ahead of time and let it sit in the refrigerator.  Just give it a quick toss when you are ready to eat and you are ready to go. Now worries about wilted lettuce! 

pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw

     We love eating ours as a side to so many dishes, but we also love it as a topping on  our pulled pork sandwiches! It is also a must at a fish fry! 

If you prefer a vinegar dressing, don't despair. I have a recipe for tangy vinegar coleslaw as well!

Or for a fun fall twist, try my apple coleslaw.  It is great on its own or paired with apple cider pulled pork

coleslaw with mayonnaise dressing, easy coleslaw recipe
side dish
Yield: 8 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw

There is just something about a delicious creamy coleslaw. It is easy to make and best made ahead and it goes so wonderfully with fried chicken, BBQ and more. It is a favorite summer side dish.
Prep time: 1 H & 15 MCook time: Total time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 16 oz. package of coleslaw mix or 4 cups cabbage and 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, salt and pepper and whisk together. I put these ingredients in a pint sized canning jar with lid and just shake it up. Then I can store it in the refrigerator until ready to stir into the cabbage mixture.
  2. Sine the slaw releases water after the dressing is added, you might want to wait until about an hour before you plan to serve it to combine the two.
  3. This stored in the refrigerator.
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  1. My son was just saying it's hard to find a good Cole slaw!! Bingo, I am making this because I know it's GREAT coming from Mimi!! ;-)

    1. She is pretty much a master! Thanks, Andrea!

  2. Yum! I love cole slaw! Spring is the perfect time to make it! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Me too! I think you have to have some creamy coleslaw if you want to have fried chicken, pulled pork of a fish fry!

  3. Best book ever! And, can't wait to make this for a lot of things... to put on chili dogs, is really what I'm craving! Bookmarking and pinning to make real soon!

  4. I remember my mom having that cookbook! It was used often in our home growing up. I wonder if she still has it and would gift it to me? :)

    I love cole slaw, I'll definitely be trying this recipe for sure!

    1. It is a great book! They have done quite a few revisions now and I'm sure each one is good. Of course I'm partial to the one my mom has though, maybe she'll trade me for my version =)

  5. This recipe sounds great. The perfect balance of flavors!

  6. Hi Carlee, I too love a good coleslaw and I see that this does not have too much mayo in it.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

    1. It doesn't seem like it will be enough dressing when you first mix it in, but as the cabbage softens it really ends up being the perfect amount!

  7. Oh this sounds so delicious!

    I would love for you to share this at my Facebook Group for Recipes, Crafts, and Tips and Tricks!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. What a sweet gift to give a new bride. LOVE cookbooks! This coleslaw sounds amazing! I don't really have a good coleslaw recipe. I'm totally tucking this recipe away for safe keeping!

    1. My mom actually just read that I wish I had her version instead of my new version, so she found one that was the exact same release as hers and gave it to me. I can't wait to go through it!


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