How To Make Coleslaw: 5 Best Recipes

Coleslaw is a delicious and very versatile dish that is often served as a side for meat and fish or on its own. It’s hard to tell where the original coleslaw recipe came from, but today coleslaw salad is loved all over the world. Find out how to prepare coleslaw in 5 most popular ways.


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1. Classic coleslaw salad recipe

The traditional simple coleslaw recipe is probably the best way to introduce anyone to this fantastic dish. Here are the ingredients for homemade coleslaw:

  • Small green cabbage – 1
  • Medium carrots – 2
  • Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup
  • Sour cream – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard – 1tbsp
  • White vinegar – 1tbsp
  • Sugar – 1tbsp
  • Salt – 1tsp

Ready to find out how to make coleslaw salad? Follow these steps:

  1. First prepare the vegetables. Finely shred the cabbage and grate the carrots on a matchstick grater. You can also dice the carrots with a knife if you have good knife skills.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except for cabbage and carrots to prepare the dressing. You can store the dressing in a fridge for up to 2 days.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the carrots and cabbage and pour in the dressing, tossing the salad well until the dressing is evenly distributed in the salad.
  4. Leave the coleslaw covered in the fridge for 1-2 hours until the cabbage has softened and serve.

This is how to do coleslaw salad the traditional way. Check out 4 more recipes below.

2. Healthy coleslaw recipe

Even thought the original way to cook coleslaw is pretty good for your health, there are more ways to make the coleslaw recipe healthy. The biggest change you need to make is substitute mayonnaise and sour cream for the healthy Greek yoghurt. To add a twist to the taste of your coleslaw, you can add a tablespoon of liquid honey to your dressing.

3. KFC coleslaw recipe

The iconic fast food chain KFC has their own version of coleslaw and people can’t get enough of its rich and creamy taste. Are you wondering how to make coleslaw the way KFC does it? Of course, KFC does a really good job at protecting their secret recipes, but you can still make your own version of their coleslaw!

When it comes to the vegetable coleslaw ingredients, KFC always adds onions to their coleslaw. There are several changes in the dressing as well: instead of sour cream you can add buttermilk and milk to mayonnaise in equal proportions. To make the coleslaw taste even better, add 1/3 cup of sugar to the dressing.

4. Sandwich coleslaw recipe

Thanks to its high vegetable content and rich, tangy taste, coleslaw makes the best topping for various sandwiches and burgers. Any sandwich and burger filling can be made better with an addition of coleslaw.

How to prepare coleslaw salad that add to a sandwich? You can stick to the original recipe, but, in order to hold its shape well inside a sandwich, the coleslaw needs to be drier than usually. That is why you need to use less dressing for the same amount of veggies than you’re used to. Add some garlic and dried paprika to add the heat to the coleslaw taste.

5. Apple slaw recipe

Coleslaw is one of the dishes that perfectly combines the sweet, the sour and the salty to create an ideal flavour. You can expand that flavour even more by whipping out a bowl of delicious apple slaw.

Instead of the traditional coleslaw mix ingredients, in this recipe you’ll use only cabbage and thinly sliced apples – preferably Granny Smith or other tart kinds of apples. To keep the apples from turning brown in the slaw, let the sliced apples sit in a bowl filled with water and lemon juice for up to 15 minutes. Drain and continue cooking the coleslaw according to the original recipe. This coleslaw can be served as a sandwich topping or as a side dish.


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