This easy coleslaw recipe comes together in minutes! It’s creamy, tangy, and will surely become your go-to summer side dish!

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Our creamy coleslaw recipe is easy to make, takes no time at all, and is the perfect combination of creamy and tangy. What makes this coleslaw so easy? Pre-shredded coleslaw mix.

Coleslaw mix is made of shredded cabbage and carrots. You can pick up a bag of coleslaw mix at just about any supermarket. It makes making coleslaw a breeze!

Serving Tip! This coleslaw makes a great last-minute side dish and goes perfectly with grilled orange chicken and Mediterranean turkey burgers. It’s also a delicious topper over easy spicy shrimp tacos or bbq chicken sliders recipe, and just the perfect signature side for a classic summer barbecue spread.


What makes this coleslaw recipe absolutely delicious is the dressing. It’s a blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, oil, and lemon juice. Mayonnaise adds richness while sour cream provides the tang. The dressing is cut with some fresh lemon juice, oil, and honey. It’s rich, tangy, and slightly sweet. Feel free to add more honey.

  • coleslaw mix
  • red onions
  • cilantro
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • avocado oil or olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • honey
ingredients for easy coleslaw recipe

How to Make Easy Coleslaw Recipe

First, make the easy coleslaw dressing recipe: In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, avocado oil, lemon juice, and honey. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

easy coleslaw dressing recipe

Next, combine the coleslaw with the dressing: To a large mixing bowl, add the store-bought coleslaw mix, red onions, and cilantro. Add the coleslaw dressing and toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper, and add more if needed.

coleslaw with dressing in a white bowl

To Make Coleslaw in Advance: To make coleslaw in advance (1-2 days) simply prepare the bag of coleslaw mix with red onions and cilantro. Store covered until ready to serve. Same with the dressing — whisk the dressing ingredients together and keep refrigerated until ready to assemble the salad.

Should You Let Coleslaw Sit?

It depends on whether you like your slaw more crunchy or soft. For a softer coleslaw, chill the slaw for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend together and for the slaw to slightly soften. If you prefer a crunchier slaw, serve it right away.

Keep in mind the longer coleslaw sits the more liquid is released from the shredded cabbage, which can make the salad soggy.

Tips to Make Coleslaw Taste Better

  • Season well. Taste and season the slaw with salt and pepper before serving. Sometimes all it needs is a little salt to enhance the flavor. If you prefer your slaw on the sweeter side, add a little more honey, and for more tang, add more lemon juice.
  • Chill the slaw. I find that after the slaw had time to chill the flavors really come together and it tastes so much better. I do not recommend chilling the slaw for more than 15 minutes as it can turn soggy the longer it sits.
easy creamy coleslaw recipe

What to Serve with Coleslaw?

Coleslaw goes well with so many dishes and can be served year-round. Here are some main dishes that serve well with the coleslaw:

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Easy Coleslaw Recipe

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: American


Easy creamy coleslaw recipe that comes together in just minutes! This will surely become your go-to slaw recipe.


Units Scale
  • 1416 oz. bag cabbage coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. honey, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper


  1. Combine the coleslaw mix, red onions, and cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, avocado oil, lemon juice, and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mix. Toss gently to combine, making sure all the shreds are coated evenly.
  3. Serve right away if you prefer crunchier slaw. For a softer slaw, chill for 10-15 minutes before serving. Slaw will keep for several days but it does soften the longer it sits.


  • Few Notes & Tips: For best flavor, do not use reduced-fat mayo or sour cream. If you prefer your slaw more on a sweeter side, add more honey to taste.
  • To Make Ahead: Combine the coleslaw mix, red onions, and cilantro. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing and keep refrigerated until ready to assemble the salad.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Sodium: 74.8 mg
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.2 mg