Easy Creamy Coleslaw

This Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe is so simple to make and is sure to be a family favorite all Summer long! Try the coleslaw as a side dish at your next cookout or as a refreshing topping on your sandwiches! Either way, this recipe is a keeper. 
Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe perfect for Summer parties and cookouts! The best coleslaw I've ever made! via LoveGrowsWild.com #recipe

I have a confession to make… I don’t like coleslaw. Or at least I didn’t till I tried this! The mushy, vinegary coleslaw served at most restaurants has never appealed to me, and I had no desire to try making it at home. But the other day I was making my Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches, and I was brainstorming ways to jazz up the flavor and textures in the sandwich. (I can never leave well enough alone, can I?) The honey barbecue chicken is deliciously rich and flavorful, and I wanted something cold and refreshing that could balance some of the richness. Enter: coleslaw.
Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe perfect for Summer parties and cookouts! The best coleslaw I've ever made! via LoveGrowsWild.com #recipe
I came across this recipe from Our Best Bites, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I was blown away by how good it was and couldn’t believe I had been missing out on this my whole life! I made just a few adjustments to their recipe and came up my version of the perfect easy creamy coleslaw. It combines the simplicity of store-bought shredded cabbage with the fresh taste of grated carrots and an absolutely delicious dressing made with one very important key ingredient… celery seed. Seriously peeps, if you don’t already have some, go buy a bottle! This coleslaw recipe would not be the same without the incredible flavor that comes from the celery seeds! (You know, being the coleslaw connoisseur that I am and all… )
Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe perfect for Summer parties and cookouts! The best coleslaw I've ever made! via LoveGrowsWild.com #recipe
The coleslaw tastes fresh and creamy with the perfect bite from the vinegar and great texture from the grated carrots. When you pick up your shredded cabbage from the store, just make sure to grab the biggest shreds you can find so it will keep longer in the fridge without getting soggy.
Soggy coleslaw = eww!
The coleslaw makes a great side dish for all those Summer parties, but I enjoy it most on top of my Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches! It adds such a bright, fresh taste to the deep barbecue flavor, and my family can’t get enough of it!
Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe perfect for Summer parties and cookouts! The best coleslaw I've ever made! via LoveGrowsWild.com #recipe
Add a handful of kettle chips, and you have yourself the perfect Summer meal! The barbecue chicken is made in the slow cooker, which is perfect because you don’t have to turn the oven on and heat up your house. You’ll thank me when it’s 100 degrees in the shade and your air conditioner is running non-stop! You can make the coleslaw ahead of time if you need to, but I like to keep it as fresh as possible. Remember, soggy coleslaw is a no-no! Make this just one time, and I promise you’ll be a coleslaw lover forever!
Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe perfect for Summer parties and cookouts! The best coleslaw I've ever made! via LoveGrowsWild.com #recipe
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Easy Creamy Coleslaw
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon celery seed
1 Tablespoon grated onion
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
one 16 ounce bag shredded cabbage with carrots
1 carrot, peeled and grated
In a large bowl combine the shredded cabbage and grated carrots. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, grated onion, and salt. Pour the mixture over the cabbage and toss until fully coated with the dressing. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving and up to 2 days (or until coleslaw is soggy).
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  1. This coleslaw sounds wonderful! Perfect for the summer picnic we’re having in a few months. Pinning this one!

  2. Looks gorgeous! The only time I ever eat coleslaw is when it comes as a side at a barbecue restaurant. And it always is sub-par. But I can imagine I’ll be making this many times this summer! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. I love coleslaw. That looks good.

  4. Kim, thought I’d let you know I made you Honey BBQ this weekend for a party I had for my Mom’s 82nd birthday. It was a big hit. Everyone loved it. I was waiting for the coleslaw recipe you mentioned in the post last week but had to go with my regular recipe. I will make this next time. Thanks for the posting.

  5. Yum! I do love cole slaw, but I’m pretty picky. This one looks good to me though!!!

  6. Looks yummy! Thanks for posting just in time for picnic and barbeque season!

  7. I love coleslaw and I have celery seed in my spice collection. So guess what? I will be trying this over the weekend with some bbq chicken. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ooh I love coleslaw and yours looks fabulous! That sandwich looks amazing too – just got hungry!

  9. Your picture is AMAZING!!! I feel like I need to make this right now and eat it in mass quantities! 😉 Shared!

  10. This looks so fresh and amazing!

  11. YUM! Love this! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

  12. Perfect for Summer picnics; pinning! Thanks! 🙂

  13. I have a super similar recipe but without onions…I will definitely be adding them next time. Sounds awesome.

  14. Really good coleslaw recipes can be hard to find, can’t they? Yours looks delicous! I’ve pinned it to my salad board. I followed you here from the link party at live Laugh Rowe, by the way. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/Tasty-Tuesdays-Link-Party-9.html

  15. Thanks Liz! I love coleslaw, so much it’s kind of a joke with my family… Another recipe to try – YAY!

  16. Oh yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks so good.

  17. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful dish on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board.
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  18. Anonymous says:

    I made this and my husband loved it. I think fir my taste it would be better without the mustard but it was still good.

  19. I made this last night and it was really good! I didn’t have celery seed so I used dill (it’s what I had in the cupboard), and left out the mustard, added a little pepper and it was awesome! Would totally make again. I think the key is the grated onion. It added a richer flavor. Thanks for posting!

  20. This sounds wonderful! What kind of onion do you recommend using?

  21. valerie says:

    I made this for my birthday bbq over pulled pork sandwiches and everyone loved it! My brother was even surprised at how good it was because he usually dislikes coleslaw. He said this wad the best coleslaw he’s ever had lol. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Valerie! I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of coleslaw either, but this recipe I happen to love! Thanks for letting me know that you guys enjoyed the recipe!

  22. amy gabbert says:

    Celery seed IS a must! I don’t make coleslaw without it! If you’ve had the publix slaw, it’s identical. I stick to main ingredients: cabbage, mayo, sour cream, celery seen, and a bit of milk. it’s simple and yummy!

  23. PS. if you haven’t tried bleu cheese bacon, it’s also a must! Very rich and entirely different from the normal slaw, but omg to DIE for

  24. Jane payson says:

    I made your coleslaw recipe for a cookout ,it was a hit, nothing left- over thanks.

  25. The coleslaw was very bitter. Too much celery seed. I appreciate you posting the recipe. I like to try different recipes. This one is just not for me.

  26. Is it okay to use ground celery seed or are the whole seeds better?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Carla! I haven’t tried using ground celery seed with this recipe before, so you’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

  27. I’ve made this a couple a times and it’s always a big hit with my family! Quick and easy and we usually have everything except the coleslaw mix! The only thing we do different is we add some lemon juice (about half a lemon) to give it a bit more tang. 🙂

    • Lemon juice sounds like a great addition to the recipe! I’ll definitely have to try that next time! Thanks for sharing, Laura! 🙂

  28. I just wanted to let you know that I made this coleslaw this summer with a southern pulled pork recipe. I had company from Australia and South Africa and it was a hit. Everyone loved it. They loved it so much that they wanted the pulled pork and coleslaw two nights in a row. Easy for me. Thank you for posting this coleslaw recipe. Love It.

  29. I just made this coleslaw this Saturday for a ladies event at my church and it was the perfect slaw for my Barbeque Chicken Sliders. The only changes I made was I used dried onion and only one tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Highly recommend this slaw , even just on the side with any dish would be so delish !!

  30. Awesome recipe. Love the flavors!

  31. Best coleslaw recipe I have ever done!

  32. Hi! How many people would you say this recipe serves?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hey Hannah! I’d say this recipe serves about 6-8 people. If you’re making this for a party, you might want to double the recipe!

  33. Hi Liz,
    Do you use real mayo or miracle whip?

  34. I pinned this and made it for dinner to go with my pulled pork sandwiches. I’ve never liked coleslaw but this recipe has turned me into a believer! I went home during my lunch break to put everything together and by the time dinner was ready it was crunchy, creamy and the perfect addition to the sandwiches. I didn’t have celery seed so I grated the tops of some celery stalks into the slaw and it tasted fantastic. Thanks for a deliciously simple recipe!

  35. Kate Brodbeck says:

    I made this yummy recipe for lots of people this weekend and everybody LOVED it!! We used a VEGAN mayo and it turned out great. Thank you!!

  36. I included this in my blog’s Weekly Meal Plan! It’s a great recipe, so I hope a lot of my readers try it 🙂

  37. Made this and really enjoyed it. Found it a wonderful complement to BBQ, which is what I was looking for. Made per directions, although I did add the juice of half a lemon for some extra acid. Great recipe, really good option and held up well over night (since I made it night before a lunch I was throwing).

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