Classic Coleslaw Recipe

My dad used to love the Classic Coleslaw recipe that mom used to make. Back when I was a kid, there were not a lot of varieties to the basic coleslaw salad recipe like there are now. You just didn’t mess with coleslaw. We had it a lot with fried chicken and while I do not make it often enough, it goes perfectly with ribs, pulled pork and beef.

I like to buy the cabbage heads and shred it myself with a lettuce knife, but you can use a bagged slaw mix to save you some time. Look for one that has some good color, a lot of the slaw mixes look (and taste) bland so I recommend taking a few minute to cut the ingredients yourself. By the way, if you have never used a lettuce knife, it allows you to cut your lettuce or cabbage without tearing it and is wonderful. There are a couple on Amazon that are shown below and those are affiliate links.

Classic coleslaw recipe - perfect for picnics, festivals and BBQs!

This is the best coleslaw salad recipe for a barbecue or picnic, in my opinion. It goes great with fish tacos, BBQ ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork tacos and sandwiches. There is just something about paring the slightly sweet and tangy crunchy coleslaw with a favorite main dish that is fabulous.

Classic coleslaw recipe - perfect for picnics, festivals and BBQs

While, this coleslaw dressing recipe is mayonnaise-based, but you can make it with yogurt as well.

Classic Coleslaw Recipe


Classic Coleslaw Recipe
Recipe type: Classic Coleslaw
Serves: 8
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 small head red cabbage
  • 4 carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch pepper
  1. Shred cabbages and place in a large bowl..
  2. Peel carrots and grate.
  3. Add carrots to bowl.
  4. Note: You can substitute a bag of coleslaw mix for the first three ingredients.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together other ingredients for dressing.
  6. Pour dressing mixture over cabbage mix and mix together.
  7. Season to taste and add more salt or sugar, if desired.
  8. Chill at least 1 hour prior to serving.




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Are you planning any picnics or BBQs soon?

Other great takeaway salads are this creamy macaroni salad,



or this Broccoli pepper salad.

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  1. Coleslaw always make me think of summer and barbecues 🙂

  2. Good ole classic! Cassidy made coleslaw for Easter and put jalapeño peppers in it! I said, “Why have you forsaken me??”

  3. Classic Coleslaw is a favorite of mine. LOVE this recipe and am going to share it on Desserts Required’s FB page manana. <3


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