Whatever you are cooking for dinner, one of these 16 coleslaw recipes goes with it!
When I was in culinary school, we had to come up with a coleslaw recipe. I thought this was a very simple task since to me, coleslaw seemed like a very simple dish. For the most part, this turned out to be true, but culinary school also forces you to think outside the lines and I came up with some pretty interesting (some not-so-much a hit) flavor combinations for my assignment. In any case, it made me realize there are many ways to think of even a simple and delicious dish like coleslaw. For some new twists and old favorites on this popular side dish, here are 16 coleslaw recipes to try at your next picnic.
How to Make Coleslaw Dressing
If you want to create your own coleslaw recipe, start with this basic coleslaw dressing and 5 – 6 cups of coleslaw mix, then start making changes to create your own variation on this timeless salad.
Basic Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar to a small bowl.
- Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Spoon the dressing over the bowl of coleslaw mix and toss until evenly coated.
Substitutions: You can sub 1/2 cup of sour cream, buttermilk, or plain yogurt for the mayonnaise.
Variations: You can add 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard, or a pinch of salt or pepper if you wish.
If you want to move beyond the basic coleslaw recipe, then check out the unique coleslaw recipes below.
16 Coleslaw Recipes
Broccoli Slaw is one of my favorite salad sides to have at get-togethers. Plus, they help you use up the broccoli stems instead of tossing them!
Dear Crissy has a good recipe for a basic Sweet Coleslaw if you need a classic to take with you.
For a lighter fare coleslaw, try this Greek Yogurt Coleslaw from Gimme Some Oven.
I love the idea of this Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing from Cooking Classy. What a great twist on this dish!
Another good recipe for a classic version of this side dish is this Southern Style Coleslaw from Barefeet in the Kitchen.
This Tex-Mex Coleslaw looks like a combo between cowboy caviar and coleslaw and all around amazing. This recipe is from Home Made Interest.
This Mandarin Orange Coleslaw from Katie’s Cucina is an even fresher take on a favorite.
Another good one from Cooking Classy is this Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw.
One standard ingredient found in most coleslaw recipes is mayo and if you are vegan, that’s a no-go. Give this Vegan Coleslaw from Simple Vegan Blog a try, instead!
For a boost in color and taste, try this Red Cabbage and Beet Coleslaw from Pure Ella.
This Buffalo Blue Cheese Coleslaw from A Spicy Perspective certainly puts a new spin on coleslaw.
Hawaiian Coleslaw from Platings and Pairings is a fresh and fruit version of this dish that I can’t wait to try.
Even though coleslaw is a generally quick dish to throw together, The Chunky Chef promises just 5 minutes with this Tequila Lime Coleslaw.
I am one of those that loves kale, so I am definitely going to try this Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing from Chowhound.
Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Sriracha Mayo is the perfect side dish for crowds that like it spicy.