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How to Make the Best Coleslaw Ever

This really is the BEST Cole Slaw recipe you will ever have! This has been a family staple for over 35 years. This recipe on how to make the best coleslaw ever really does not need a step-by-step. It is truly easy to accomplish making this great tasting coleslaw.

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Family favorite side dish for many years

How to Make the Best Coleslaw Ever
How to Make the Best Coleslaw Ever

Make Something People will Rave About

Everyone just raves about how much they love it! Also, if you compare this coleslaw to the grocery store coleslaw, you will find that often, the grocery store coleslaw is bitter. That does not appeal to me at all.

Easy Restaurant Coleslaw  at home
Easy Restaurant Coleslaw at home

This coleslaw is creamy with a bit of sweetness. It goes well with pulled pork sandwiches, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, or just as a side dish at a pot luck or picnic. However, it is so easy to make, it could be served any day of the week.

Easy Homemade Thanksgiving Side Dish Salad
Easy Homemade Thanksgiving Side Dish Salad

Bagged or Shredded Cabbage

You can use a pre-shredded cabbage-the size that is about 14 ounces. Or, you can shred your own cabbage and it can be red or green cabbage or a combination of the two.

Prepare Ingredients Ahead/Assemble the Day of…

Shred the cabbage a few days ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the coleslaw.

Make the dressing a few days ahead and store this in the refrigerator too. Actually, the dressing will last a few weeks.

Easy Christmas Salad Side Dish
Easy Christmas Salad Side Dish

Go ahead and make the coleslaw 1 – 2 hours before you want to serve it to your guests. Just remember to take it out of the refrigerator.

One time, my sister-in-law was so busy making a large holiday meal, that she forgot to serve the coleslaw. There was so much food, we never missed it. No worries, we ate it with the leftovers the next day. Delicious.

Easy Restaurant-Style Coleslaw at Home

The coleslaw I made for decades at a local restaurant and they have had this on their menu for over half a century. Deliciously fresh, crunchy, creamy, and a bit of sweetness make this just decadent.

It is a quick and simple recipe.

Perfect for your Holiday Menu. We serve this at Thanksgiving and Christmas both. Even throughout the year when we make our Friday fish. If we really want to be like a restaurant, we need to have it with out fish too, of course.

Easy Restaurant Coleslaw
Easy Restaurant Coleslaw
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How to Make the Best Coleslaw Ever

Homemade coleslaw that is better than KFC and other fast-food places. this is the coleslaw that our family prefers.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, easy, fresh, recipe, salad, Salad Dressing
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 100kcal


  • 14 Oz. Cabbage Shredded red or green or a pre-shredded bag of cabbage
  • 1 Carrot Shredded (if using the bagged cabbage, it already has a carrot shredded in it)
  • 1 Cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Lemon Juice
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper


  • Shred cabbage and carrot.
  • Mix Miracle Whip salad dressing, milk, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Until mixed and creamy
  • Pour salad dressing over shredded cabbage and carrot. Mix.
    Fresh Homemade Coleslaw
  • Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle with paprika for color if desired. Enjoy
    creamy coleslaw

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Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1369IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hello! A very Happy New Year to you and yours! Does the recipe have to use Miracle Whip? Just got a new jar of mayo and would hate to go and purchase something else. By the way.... I do agree the store bought cole slaw always has a bitter taste. Thanks for a good recipe!


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Happy New Year to you as well. Let's hope it is a great one for everyone.

I have used mayo for this recipe; however, it will give it a bit of a different flavor. That is not a bad thing though. It is just the different flavor profile between mayo and Miracle Whip. Some folks have a preference for one or the other. I like both. I say, go ahead and give it a try and see if you like it. Vicky

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