Simple Cole Slaw

I grew up in a family of big eaters and I was never one to follow the trend. I’ve always liked eating healthy foods and I know most people think I’m crazy for not eating fast food on a daily basis. Then in high school, I was forced to eat a meal in a cafeteria full of fast food that made me want to not eat for a whole month.

There is nothing wrong with the classic American side dish of cole slaw, but the traditional recipe can be a little time-consuming and messy to prepare. A much easier way to enjoy this classic slaw is to prepare it in the microwave by making a big batch so you can cut it up and take it from there.

Since many people will be making coleslaw for a wedding reception, this will be a good time to make a fresh batch of coleslaw. While this may be a perfect candidate for the slow cooker, it can also be made in a skillet. To do that, you’ll need: 1 medium (4-5 inches) cabbage, shredded 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced 1/3 cup plus 2 tbs. of mayonnaise 1/4 cup of white vinegar 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt Mix all of the above ingredients together and arrange on a serving platter.

This Simple Cole Slaw is as tasty as it is simple to prepare, using just three ingredients! When it comes to cooking BBQ at our home, this simple side dish is a must-have. It’s also a great last-minute make-ahead dish for gatherings or cookouts.


Cole slaw is often associated with summer, but I’m here to inform you that you can prepare and enjoy this delectable side dish all year long! We make sure to have the ingredients on hand to create this delicious topping whenever we serve BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos. The Marzetti Simply Dressed dressing, which includes no preservatives, non-GMO oil, and natural ingredients, is an additional bonus to this simple recipe! A complete success!

What is the origin of the name cole slaw?

The term “koolsla” is derived from the Dutch word “koolsla,” which means “cabbage salad.” Because mayonnaise was not developed until the 18th century, the side dish that we all know and enjoy has only been around for a short time.

Is cole slaw free of dairy?

Yes! When it comes to dairy-free dishes, this is perhaps one of the most perplexing! If you have allergies, you should always double-check the components. Mayonnaise is often used as the basis for cole slaw recipes, and since it is produced from eggs and oil, it is naturally dairy free! 

Is it possible to preserve the slaw that I have left over?

Here are some of our views on the subject… If a mayonnaise-based meal has been left out for more than 3 hours, it must be discarded. Bacterial growth is just too risky, and it is not worth it! It will be OK to store in the refrigerator and consume for 3-5 days if it was cold the whole time. We aim to consume any leftovers within the first 48 hours (which isn’t hard to accomplish in our home!) because the slaw dressing tends to break down the cabbage after a while.


Ingredients for our Cole Slaw (Simple)

Here’s how to create our Easy Cole Slaw.

In a large mixing bowl, dump the whole package of pre-shredded cabbage.


Then, on top of the cabbage, add the pepper and the dressing. Completely mix everything together.


It takes some time for the dressing to seep into the slaw. Make careful you don’t overdo the dressing! Allow at least an hour for the mixed ingredients to rest in the refrigerator before adding any extra dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve by covering with plastic wrap.


What’s not to like about this all-natural, three-ingredient side dish? It’s the ideal complement to tacos and BBQ sandwiches. We believe you’ll agree that cole slaw isn’t only for summer anymore!

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Time to cook: 5 minutes

30 minutes of additional time

35-minute total time


  • We prefer Tri-Color Cole Slaw, which is a 3 pound package of pre-shredded cabbage.
  • Marzetti Simply Dressed, 6 oz. Dressing for Coleslaw
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground


  1. In a mixing dish, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Make a thorough mix.
  3. Allow at least an hour for the dressing to soften the cabbage.
  4. Serve and have fun!

Information about nutrition:



Size of Serving:

1 tbsp. per serving 94 calories 3 g total fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g trans fat 3 g of unsaturated fat 2 milligrams of cholesterol Sodium: 78 milligrams 16g carbohydrate 5 g of fiber 9 g sugar 3 g protein

(Nutritional information is an estimate that may vary depending on cooking techniques and ingredient brands utilized.)

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I’ve always been a big fan of cole slaw, but I never really knew how to make it! This is a quick and easy one pot recipe that you can make in the evening and have it ready for a lunch the next day!. Read more about coleslaw dressing and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is KFC coleslaw made of?

KFC coleslaw is made of cabbage, mayonnaise, and a blend of spices.

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How does Gordon Ramsay make coleslaw?

Gordon Ramsay makes coleslaw by combining mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar and salt.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.