Homemade Cole Slaw

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 6, 2009

We had cole slaw with our dinner last night and I thought I’d share the recipe! 

14 oz bag of Dole cole slaw
1/2 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp garlic pepper
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar
1 cup of mayonaisse (Use light mayo for lower cal Cole Slaw!)

1. In small bowl, add salt, garlic pepper, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar and mayonaisse. Whisk well.

2. In larger bowl, add cole slaw mix. Pour cole slaw dressing over the cole slaw and mix well.
3. Serve as side with dinner. We had this with some chicken breasts marinated in BBQ sauce. (Hubs had to do the chicken…I’m not quite sure how he made it!)

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm

if you substitute ranch salad dressing for the mayo it gives it a nice kick of flavor. that’s how I make mine! i LOVE homemade cole slaw!!!


Erin May 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Great idea Rebekah!


Barb May 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

How awesome! Now I can make easy cole slaw without buying that expensive cole slaw dressing.


Stephany Weldon May 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

THANK YOU ERIN! As you may know, I’m not very good at creating my ‘own’ dishes, ESPECIALLY Coleslaw. . .so I am looking forward to using this recipe tomorrow! Cheers!


DeAna Boren May 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I made homemade cole slaw a week ago and it failed miserably. Needless to say, the recipe I used was tossed out the window (figuratively speaking). I’ve been searching for a good cole slaw recipe but wanted one that someone else could recommend as a “no fail” recipe. So again thank you!


Crista May 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Another idea is Miracle whip (or a generic), a little sugar, a little pepper, a little milk, mixed & poured over the cole slaw mix. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe, and my kids love it! (And no, we don’t measure, we just eyeball what looks good!). I do believe I’ll try your recipe next time we have it though, sounds yummy!


Jackie May 22, 2009 at 1:17 am

Another money saver: When I finish a jar of mayonnaise, I pour in a little vinegar, a little sugar and some celery seed and shake well…salt, pepper, garlic pwdr, to taste. Store in fridge until you’re having coleslaw and use that for the dressing!!
Gets the very last bit of mayonnaise out of the jar (now that Helmanns is sooo expensive) I also grate some onion into the coleslaw when I make it.


Netter February 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

This is the best cole slaw recipe I have found! I made it last night with our fish dinner and it was great. As our family says….”This is a keeper!” Which means it goes into the family cookbook as a regular! I have always bought the pre-made Kraft slaw mix, but NEVER AGAIN! Thanks!


Stacy July 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

Made this for dinner tonight and just “taste tested” it. It’s so yummy. I went to buy coleslaw dressing this past week and was startled at both the price and the ingredients listed that I couldn’t pronounce. I thought, there has to be a way to make it myself. Sure enough, I found your fantastic recipe. Thanks for saving the day!


Ginny March 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for sharing this. It was so good.


Chris Papa December 3, 2012 at 12:17 am

Great recipe! I found it much easier to make in a rubbermaid/tupperware container and then shake it vigourously, rather than stirring it in a bowl. Makes it easier and faster, while more evenly distributing the dressing on the cole slaw.


mary guerra March 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Hi Chris. I was just wondering how many people this coleslaw serves. I am making it for Easter dinner and it is for 8-10 people so was just wondering how much of everything I should put in. Thanks


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