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A pot luck favorite and a cookout necessity, this Tasty and Easy Coleslaw Recipe is one that should be in everybody’s recipe book. It tastes great and so easy your kids can do it!

Overhead picture of a bowl of coleslaw with a form on one side and some greenery in the bowl and on the side of the bow.

Have you ever been to a cookout or family event and wondered how they made their classic coleslaw so good? I used to, but I developed a simple and super easy coleslaw recipe that will make your guests feel the same about yours. One of the best parts about this recipe is that you don’t even have to cut or chop anything. This easy coleslaw recipe is one that everybody should have in their recipe catalog. This Tasty and Easy Coleslaw Recipe is a great addition to our grilling series as a side dish.

The Basics of This Easy Coleslaw Recipe

I am not gonna lie. I did not come up with this recipe out of thin air. I was searching for an easy coleslaw recipe to make and came across this Robert Irvine recipe. The problem with it is that at the time, I really didn’t want to do any work. I hopped down to the store and bought a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw veggies. You know the ones. The ones that have the cabbage (green and purple cabbage) already shredded and has a few other veggies in there.

I brought home that packet and modified the Irvine recipe to use the stuff I had in my pantry. Super simple and super tasty. People commented on the coleslaw at the event. I mean, for something so simple, I wouldn’t expect rave reviews. Rave reviews are exactly what I got.

No, It Isn’t Fancy

If you are looking to impress people with the shock and awe of your heritage cabbage and celery seeds harvested from Himalayan mountaintops during the harvest moon… this isn’t your recipe. This is a simple, classic, and easy coleslaw recipe. I can’t say there isn’t anything special about it, because there is. The taste is special.

I wasn’t even going to include this recipe into this series, but I seem to always come back to it. It is just too tasty and too easy not to share.

Do you need a coleslaw for a potluck? Are you spending your time working on that smoked pork shoulder instead of the side dish (although I put my coleslaw ON my pulled pork sandwiches)? This is a great recipe.

coleslaw before it gets all mixed together.

side view of this easy coleslaw recipe with greenery on top and carrots

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Overhead picture of a bowl of coleslaw with a form on one side and some greenery in the bowl and on the side of the bow.

Tasty and Easy Coleslaw Recipe

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 8 Hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
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This Easy Coleslaw Recipe is the kind you can bring to any potluck and is a staple in our house for holiday entertaining. Whether it is for Thanksgiving or for a cookout, this coleslaw recipe is a winner.


  • 1 bag of shredded coleslaw to your liking, 14 Oz
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ¼ cup white OR apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients EXCEPT salt and pepper to a large bowl
  2. Mix
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix

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  1. I’m always up for a good cole slaw for a cookout. It compliments those grilled meats so beautifully. And like you, I’m a big fan of those bags of shredded cabbage. Saves so much time and, to be honest, I think most people would be hard pressed to notice you didn’t shred it yourself. A great time-saver.

    1. I am in good company then! One thing I do notice on the bagged lettuce, NOT coleslaw, is that sometimes you get this medicinal flavor. I sometimes get that in lower cost restaurant places, as well. Must be preservatives or something. I tend to avoid those, but not always.

  2. I tried making the recipe that was on the pre-shredded coleslaw mix package and it was so bland. This time, I made this recipe and it was super tasty. Thanks for sharing.