Creamy Southern-Style Coleslaw Recipe

This creamy Southern style, Caribbean inspired coleslaw recipe is an all time easy recipe. Only 5 ingredients! First, it’s super creamy. Next, it’s slightly tangy. And of course, Duke’s Mayonnaise is still a must. Tip: finely shredded cabbage is best. My go to pre-packaged coleslaw mixes are the Fresh Express 3 Color Blend Coleslaw Mix or the Fresh Express Diced Southern Slaw Mix.

creamy coleslaw in a white bowl

What I Love About This Southern Coleslaw Recipe

It meets the big 3 on easy recipe:

  • Affordable
  • No cooking required
  • Simple ingredients (only 5 ingredients)

What more could you ask for in the perfect cold side dish.

creamy coleslaw in a white bowl. Hot dog in background

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How To Prepare Cabbage For A Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

If you really want prepare your coleslaw mix you will need a grater or vegetable peeler, good knife, and a cutting board. Set aside your cabbage (mix purple cabbage and green cabbage or only green) and carrots. Next, wash your vegetables and clean the carrots by running a knife gently along the sides.

Make 4 sections of cabbage. Grate each section. Repeat process with carrots.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, seasonings and other fresh wet ingredients. Mix well and set aside. Add the grated vegetables to the large bowl containing the wet ingredients.

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Easy Southern Coleslaw Ingredients

Cool, tangy, and slightly sweet is exactly what I love about coleslaw. I absolutely love coleslaw. It’s a barbeque side dish favorite that shows up in so many other meals. Here’s the grocery list for my creamy southern coleslaw recipe.

  • Shredded cabbage or one 14 oz. prepackage bag of coleslaw.
  • White Sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Duke Mayonnaise
  • Grated onion

Extras + Tips

This is my all-time favorite easy recipe. If you want to jazz up your coleslaw, here are some of my favorite extras: jalapeños, carrots, pineapples, salt & pepper to taste.

Does coleslaw need lemon juice and vinegar?

No! A common misconception I often see is lemon juice and vinegar in coleslaw. You only need one acidic element. I use white vinegar and leave out the lemon because that’s how I grew up making coleslaw.

This coleslaw recipe is exactly how my Caribbean roots remember it but is equally a very classic Southern American side dish. Try it and let me know what you think.

creamy coleslaw in a white bowl

Creamy Southern Style Coleslaw Recipe

thenaturalfoodie
This creamy Southern style, Caribbean inspired coleslaw recipe is an all time easy recipe. Only 5 ingredients! First, it's super creamy. Next, it's slightly tangy. And of course, Duke's Mayonnaise is still a must. Tip: finely shredded cabbage is best. My go to pre-packaged coleslaw mixes are the Fresh Express 3 Color Blend Coleslaw Mix or the Fresh Express Diced Southern Slaw Mix.
4g Carbs 5.1g Fat 0.6g Protein per serving
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course bbq, Side Dish
Cuisine American, barbeque, Caribbean
Servings 8 people
Calories 66 kcal

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl
  • vegetable peeler
  • hand held grater or zesting tool
  • chopping board and knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack Fresh Express 3 Colored Coleslaw Mix or Diced Southern Slaw Mix
  • 2 TBSP White sugar
  • ½ TBSP White vinegar
  • ½ CUP Duke's Mayonnaise I use the Duke Light Mayonnaise for this recipe
  • cup grated yellow onion
  • ¼ TSP ground black pepper
  • salt and lemon juice to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add Duke's Mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar, grated onion, and black pepper to a large mixing bowl and mix well
  • Add coleslaw package to wet ingredients and fully incorporate.
  • Add minimal salt and/or fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste.
  • For best results, serve cold. This does not freeze well. Use within 3 days.
Keyword coleslaw recipe, easy recipe, easy side dish, finely shredded coleslaw receipt, southern coleslaw

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Salei, The Natural Foodie
Salei, The Natural Foodie

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