Even though we had eaten it plenty of times at restaurants, we had never once been impressed, and didn’t understand its appeal. However, one day we decided to make some creamy coleslaw to go with a sandwich, and that coleslaw stole the show. It’s something about the creamy-crunchy combo that makes us keep coming back for more.

This creamy coleslaw recipe features pantry staples, such as Dijon mustard and honey, along with a tangy dressing. After that, you just need to add shredded cabbage, carrots, and sliced green onions to the dressing. This savory, crunchy delight can be piled onto a sandwich or taco, stuffed into a wrap, or enjoyed as in.

We love the sweet-tangy-creamy dressing over super crunchy cabbage. After one bite, we simply cannot stop. As a result, we made a “small batch” of this recipe. The total amount of cooking is about two cups, or just enough for four sandwiches.

Follow Apronese‘s easy recipe below to get started.

Using Shredded Cabbage as a Shortcut

To save time and money, we used pre-shredded bagged “coleslaw mix” (shredded cabbage and carrots) for this recipe. In this way, you won’t end up with half a cabbage in your fridge. Because no matter how small a cabbage may be, it always seems too much.

But if you want to make this with the half head, you’ll need 3 cups of finely shredded cabbage and one medium carrot.

Keeping Coleslaw from Watering Down

There is a lot of water in cabbage, which is one of the reasons it is so crunchy. As the salt in the dressing draws the water from the cabbage through osmosis, your cabbage becomes softer and less crisp. You can prevent this from happening by storing your dressing separately from the shredded veggies. So, if you don’t plan to eat the whole batch right away, only add dressing to the portion you are going to consume.

Serving Ideas for Creamy Coleslaw

Anything BBQ or anything with buffalo sauce goes perfectly with creamy coleslaw. This creamy goodness perfectly balances BBQ sauce’s sweet tang and buffalo sauce’s fiery heat. In addition to tacos, it’s a great topping for bowl meals.

Here are some recipes where I use coleslaw: BBQ Bean Sliders, Blacked Shrimp Tacos, Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, and Buffalo Tempeh Sandwiches. Additionally, BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls and Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls would be great.

Side view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw with a fork lifting a bite

Easy Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

As one of the most popular sides for dinner, this classic sweet and tangy homemade coleslaw recipe is perfect as a side dish for pulled pork sandwiches, or as an accompaniment to any meal.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Total Time: 10 mins

Servings: 4 1/2 cup



  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise ($0.55)
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey ($0.06)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard ($0.03)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • freshly cracked black pepper ($0.03)


  • 1/2 14 oz. bag coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)* ($0.75)
  • 3 green onions ($0.17)


  • Prepare the dressing by mixing together the mayonnaise, honey, Dijon, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Make slices of the green onions. Combine the coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) with the green onions in a large bowl, then pour the dressing on top. Stir the dressing until the cabbage is evenly coated. Serve right away.


Calories: 158.6 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 8.1 g ・ Protein: 0.7 g ・ Fat: 14.8 g ・ Sodium: 325 mg ・ Fiber: 1.2 g

The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.

You May Also Like These Easy Coleslaw Recipes

If you are a huge fan of coleslaw like we are, you have got to try these other fabulous slaws as well:

  • Mediterranean Coleslaw
  • Cumin Lime Coleslaw
  • Vinaigrette Slaw with Feta
  • Sesame Slaw

How to Make Creamy Coleslaw – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for creamy coleslaw dressing in a bowl
The first step is to prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and some freshly cracked pepper ( about 5 cranks of the pepper mill).
coleslaw mix and green onion in a bowl
Add 1/2 of the 14 oz. bag of coleslaw mix (shredded carrots and green cabbage) to a large bowl and add three green onions.Add coleslaw dressing to cabbage in the bowl
Prepare the dressing and pour it over the cabbage mixture…
Finished Creamy Coleslaw
Stir the dressing into the cabbage until it is evenly coated.
front view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw on a blue napkin
You can then dig in (or add it to sandwiches, tacos, or wraps, or serve it on the side with your ribs)! Yummy!!!