Easy Coleslaw Recipe

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This easy coleslaw recipe is perfect for any occasion!

Not so long ago, I posted my recipe for clean eating mayonnaise. And I won’t lie, this sort of opened up a whole new branch of recipes for me to create. Not that you ever want to overdo it on mayo, but let’s face it. Sometimes, you just need a good spoonful to make a dish taste right.

Clean Eating Coleslaw on a white serving plate, with a stack of two white plates sitting behind it. The coleslaw shows strips of both green and red cabbage.

Tuna salad, potato salad and even pasta salads are all made better by the use of mayonnaise. Some people love it, some hate it, and others love it more than life itself, but avoid it like the plague.

It’s funny how we ascribe certain values to different foods based on life experience. For some people, mayo is the equivalent of a culinary satan, something to run from at the mere sight of it. While others (usually low carb or paleo eaters) enjoy it in abundance, using fat instead of carbs for fuel.

Regardless of what your stance on mayo is, I firmly believe that every clean food has it’s place, even the higher fat ones. It’s all a balancing act, and as long as you do what works for your own body, there’s not reason to avoid it. At least not according to me.


Coleslaw is a salad made from cabbage. While traditional versions vary from country to country, many  cultures have their own versions of this wonderful side dish. Typically, here in America, it’s made with shredded carrots, mayonnaise, vinegar a little sweetener and some red and green cabbage. But even that varies from region to region.


Coleslaw should always be kept in the fridge, particularly once the mayo has been added. If stored properly, it will last from 3 to 5 days.


If you want a traditional coleslaw recipe, this is it. This recipe is super easy and quick to put together. Just a little chopping and you’ll be good to go!


The type of vinegar you use in a coleslaw recipe can really make or break the final dish. Typically, the best two choices for coleslaw recipe vinegar are either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Stick with one of those two and you’ll always end up with a great batch of coleslaw.

Homemade dressing of any kind will typically last about 3-5 days in the fridge. Coleslaw dressing is no exception.


Coleslaw is wonderful served with many “finger food” dishes as well as just about anything off the barbecue. Try…

  • Burgers.
  • Barbecue chicken.
  • Chicken wings.
  • Tacos.
  • Burritos.
  • Ribs.
  • Pasta dishes like macaroni salad.
  • Just about any summer-time food you can think of.


If you’d like a tutorial on how to slice cabbage for coleslaw, here’s a video you can watch on youtube.




I know that many people prefer to have coleslaw that has been sweetened. If this is your preference, please feel free to add in 2 tsp. to 1 tbsp. of your favorite, clean sweetener. I prefer my coleslaw to be savory, so this recipe reflects that.


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Clean Eating Coleslaw Recipe

Easy Coleslaw

This easy coleslaw recipe is perfect for any occasion!
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Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 cups green cabbage (firmly packed and thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup red cabbage (firmly packed and thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup clean mayonnaise (store bought or homemade – see link above)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tbsp. dehydrated onion (onion powder works too)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Chill in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 19.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.5mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 8/11/2014.

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  1. Would veganaise work

    1. Rachael – I’m not sure, I’ve never had it. I’m not sure it would be clean, but if it is similar to mayo, then it should. Maybe try a small amount and see.

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