Easy Creamy Coleslaw

$1.63 recipe / $0.41 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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I never knew I was a coleslaw person until I made it myself. I had eaten it plenty of times at restaurants, never once having been impressed, and always wondering what the appeal was. But then I decided to make a quick batch of creamy coleslaw to go on a sandwich one day and that coleslaw totally stole the show. Something about that creamy-crunchy combo made me keep coming back for more, and I’ve been making on the reg ever since.

The super simple dressing for my Creamy Coleslaw is made with a few pantry staples, including a little Dijon mustard for tang and a dab of honey for sweetness. Then the dressing is just tossed with shredded cabbage, carrots, and sliced green onions, and you’re done! Creamy crunchy heaven ready to be piled onto a sandwich or taco, stuffed into a wrap, or enjoyed as is.

Overhead view of a bowl of coleslaw on a blue napkin

There’s something about that combo of sweet-tangy-creamy dressing over super crunchy cabbage that is everything. Like, once I take one bite I just can’t stop. So I made this recipe a “small batch”. Just about two cups total once done, or just enough for about four sandwiches. (Or two sandwiches and four mouthfuls, LOL)

Shredded Cabbage Shortcut

I used pre-shredded bagged “coleslaw mix” (shredded cabbage and carrots) for this recipe because I think it’s one of the few times using pre-chopped vegetables is cost effective. And then you’re not left with half a cabbage in your fridge wondering what to do with it. Because no matter how small a cabbage is, it always seems to be too much.

BUT, if you happen to have that half head of cabbage and want to make this with it, you’ll need about 3 cups finely shredded cabbage and about one medium carrot, shredded.

How to Keep Coleslaw from Getting Watery

Part of what makes cabbage so crunchy is that it contains a lot of water. The salt in the dressing pulls the water out of the cabbage through osmosis, leaving water in the bottom of your bowl, and your cabbage a little less crisp. The only way to prevent this from happening is to store your dressing separate from the shredded vegetables. So, if you don’t plan to eat the whole batch right away, make sure you only add dressing to the portion you plan to eat.

What to Serve with Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy coleslaw is absolutely perfect with anything BBQ, or anything with buffalo sauce. That creamy goodness perfectly balances the sweet tang of BBQ sauce and the fiery heat of buffalo sauce. But it also goes great on tacos, or as an extra topping in bowl meals. Here are a few recipes where I use coleslaw: Sloppy Joes, BBQ Bean Sliders, Blacked Shrimp Tacos, Buffalo Chicken sandwiches, and Buffalo Tempeh Sandwiches. It would also be great with something like: BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls, BBQ Wings, fish sticks, or Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls.

Side view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw with a fork lifting a bite
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Easy Creamy Coleslaw

4.84 from 6 votes
This classic sweet and tangy homemade coleslaw recipe is perfect for piling onto pulled pork sandwiches or serving as a side with dinner.
Overhead view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw on a blue napkin
Servings 4 1/2 cup
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes



  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise ($0.55)
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey ($0.06)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard ($0.03)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • freshly cracked black pepper ($0.03)


  • 1/2 14 oz. bag coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)* ($0.75)
  • 3 green onions ($0.17)


  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing (mayonnaise, honey, Dijon, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper).
  • Slice the green onions. Add the coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) to a large bowl with the green onions, then pour the dressing over top. Stir until the cabbage is evenly coated in dressing. Serve immediately.

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Calories: 158.6kcalCarbohydrates: 8.1gProtein: 0.7gFat: 14.8gSodium: 325mgFiber: 1.2g
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How to Make Classic Creamy Coleslaw – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for creamy coleslaw dressing in a bowl

First, make the dressing. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp red wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 5 cranks of a pepper mill).

coleslaw mix and green onion in a bowl

Add 1/2 of a 14 oz. bag of coleslaw mix (shredded green cabbage and carrots) to a large bowl. Slice three green onions and add them to the bowl as well.

Add coleslaw dressing to cabbage in the bowl

Pour the prepared dressing over top of the cabbage mixture…

Finished Creamy Coleslaw

And then stir until all the cabbage is coated in dressing.

front view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw on a blue napkin

Then dig in (or put it on your sandwich, taco, stuff it into your wrap, or serve it on the side with your ribs)!

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  1. Love the dressing mix. I make a double batch and cut up my own cabbage using both green and purple, julienne a few carrots and apples and toss everything together. Today I added walnuts and dried cranberries. When pomegranates are in season I add the arils as well. So delicious.

  2. This recipe is good! Our family likes a little more dressing so I usually make 1.5-2x the dressing and I sometimes add a splash of buttermilk if I have it.

    I’ve also subbed in white vinegar and/or plain sugar if I’m out of red wine vinegar or honey. It’s good with these alterations as well.

  3. This is my go-to recipe for coleslaw. It’s very easy to make and I get a lot of compliments on the taste. I don’t eat coleslaw, but everyone else who does loves this recipe.

  4. Great coleslaw dressing! Not as sugar-sweet as some store-bought dressings. I used bagged broccoli slaw in lieu of cabbage for something that would keep in the fridge for a few days without wilting. Plan to eat with pulled pork sandwiches.