Browse with Google Chrome for the best possible experience.

Sign up to make meal plans and save your favorite recipes (CREATE AN ACCOUNT) >>

Classic Creamy Coleslaw
{Easy Homemade Recipe}

Classic Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Recipe. Easy to make with Crisp Cabbage and Carrot in Three Easy Steps!

* Use the links above to: “Print it!” to view or print the recipe only | “Collect it!” to add to your Recipe Box | “Pin it!” to save to Pinterest | “Favorite it!” to save to Favorites.
Or you can skip ahead and “Jump to Recipe!”

GfreeDeliciously is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Read our affiliate policy to learn more.

Family favorite Creamy Coleslaw, a homemade recipe that is easy to make and easy on the budget too!

Great eating is sometimes the simplest! This Classic Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Recipe is one you will fall in love with. And it’s so simple to make with crisp cabbage and carrot in three easy steps!

Creamy Coleslaw closeup in serving bowl

ABOUT THIS RECIPE (per serving)

Gluten Free
Servings:  6
5 from 2 votes
Write a Recipe Review
Prep Time :15 minutes
Total Time :15 minutes
Course : Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine : American
Diet : Gluten Free
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
Calories 195
Fat 18.5
Carbohydrates 6.8
Protein 1.5

The perfect coleslaw side dish that will never go out of style so long as there are holidays, potlucks, parties, and cookouts!

Though you can buy store-bought coleslaw mix and prepared coleslaw dressing, in my opinion, nothing quite compares to making your own homemade creamy coleslaw. And why wouldn’t you? It’s so simple!

You probably already have everything you will need in your cupboard and fridge. Just add cabbage, a big crunchy carrot, and you’re all set for making this delicious easy salad.

How to Make Classic Homemade Creamy Coleslaw in Three Easy Steps

Unlike many more time-consuming salads, this coleslaw recipe is quick and easy to make in just three steps!

  1. Fine shred or coarsely grate the cabbage and the carrot.
  2. Combine the ingredients.
  3. Add the seasoning and mayonnaise, stir up and enjoy!

How to Shred Cabbage

Shredding cabbage does not require fancy equipment. Pretty much if you have a cook’s knife and a cutting board, you’re ready to go. Though, for those who prefer using a fancier gadget, you can also use a mandoline slicer or a box grater. For me, the less I need to clean up, the better. So, making finely shredded cabbage by hand with a cook’s knife works fine.

My most favorite tool to shred the carrot will always be a hand grater or shredder (bought from the hardware store – I’ve had one for years). But then if you are into gadgets, you could use the julienne slicer disc that came with that mandoline slicer (like mine) that sets gathering dust in the cupboard.

Cooks Note: In full disclosure, I feel a need to justify that having a mandoline when you need one for making and doing whatever it is that you need to do when you decide to do it is reason enough for owning one.


Simple and delicious gluten-free recipes, family-friendly meal ideas, healthy cooking, encouragement, and easy-to-implement lifestyle strategies to live fully nourished… Only from GfreeDeliciously!

Coleslaw Dressing

“Variety is the spice of life,” it is said. The same could also be said to be accurate for the endless variations you can make for coleslaw recipes and coleslaw dressings. And, while I have many favorites among them, try my recipe for Apple Pineapple Slaw with Honey Mustard Dressing, for me, it can be summed up as this… “when it comes to the dressing, a good coleslaw dressing can make or break the recipe.”

The dressing used in this recipe for homemade creamy coleslaw contains four simple seasonings. These seasonings are among the kitchen staples that are always in my cupboard. These four seasonings, onion powder, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt®, coarse-ground black pepper, and celery salt, are the same seasonings used for many of my mayonnaise-based dressings used in salads.

I stumbled on the combination of these seasoning for making coleslaw and other mayonnaise-based salads the first year I was married when in a panic I called my mom for a last-minute idea for making a take-along dish to pass for a family picnic.

“Well, honey,” she said, “Look in your cupboard and use any combination of seasonings that you might have. Taste as you go and adjust as necessary. You’ll do just fine.” I’ve always been able to count on my mom for votes of confidence.

Ever since, I have used this combination of spices for making my signature homemade creamy coleslaw recipe.

Here are my signature mayonnaise-based dressing ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise – The creamy base of the dressing
  • Seasonings – Onion powder, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt®, coarse-ground black pepper, and celery salt

Whisk them together and stir them into most any salad that you would add a mayo-based dressing, and you’ll have an automatic winning salad that hungry folks will love!

Picture the recipe step-by-step...

What to Eat with Coleslaw?

The versatility of coleslaw is the beauty of this easy side dish!

Serve coleslaw on its own as a side dish with holiday ham, or a salad to a good burger, pile it high on a BBQ Chicken or Pulled Pork sandwich, or serve it with spicy wings.

The Perfect Do-Ahead Dish

Coleslaw is the perfect do-ahead side dish. When making coleslaw for a party, potluck, or holiday dinner, prepare the cabbage and carrot ahead of time following the instructions in step one. Cover and refrigerate. In a separate small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and seasonings, whisk together and store in a covered container in the fridge until needed. Before serving (30-minutes to 24 hours before you are going to need it), combine the mixed dressing with the cabbage and carrot mixture, stir to combine, keep covered, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

How Long Will It Last?

For the best taste and salad quality, keep the coleslaw covered and refrigerated. It will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator if not eaten right away.

When serving for BBQs, picnics, and potlucks, use the two-hour rule to keep it from spoiling. You don’t want your guests to miss out on the fun because they aren’t feeling well. The FDA adds, “If the air temperature is above 90°F, the ‘two-hour rule’ becomes one-hour.’”

When entertaining in warm weather, serve coleslaw up in a double-wall-insulated chilled bowl or place your filled container of salad inside another bowl that contains ice to keep it cool and fresh. After the main meal, store any remaining coleslaw in the refrigerator or a cooler with ice.

Finally, make sure you have several coolers and ice available for your party.  If you crowd your refrigerator or cooler with food, the air (and the cold) cannot circulate, and your food won’t be cooled to the proper temperatures.

If you want to skip the hassle of mayo-dressed salads or just want to lighten up your meal, try these mayo-free salad options:



P.S. As always, I hope you will try this favorite family way of ours to make creamy coleslaw. If you do, let me know what you think. Ask a question or let me know how you adapted this recipe to make it your own. I love hearing your comments.

Creamy Coleslaw closeup

Creamy Coleslaw

Kymberley @GfreeDeliciously
Family favorite Creamy Coleslaw, a homemade recipe that is easy to make and easy on the budget too!
5 from 2 votes
Gluten Free
This recipe may contain affiliate links. For more information, visit our Affiliate Disclosure.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 195 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Box Grater or Hand Grater or Slicer, or Mandoline
  • Utensils (Cook's Knife, Vegetable Peeler, Large Spoon)


  • 3 cups green cabbage cut into a fine shred or coarsely grated [1] [2]
  • 2 cups purple cabbage cut into a fine shred, or coarsely grated [1] [2]
  • 1 large Carrot grated [1]
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Celery Salt
  • cup + 1 tablespoon gluten-free Mayonnaise
Add ingredients to your "Quick Access Shopping List" before ordering online.
Quick Add Ingredients to Shopping List


  • Combine the green and purple cabbage and the carrot in a large bowl, lightly toss.
    making Creamy Coleslaw green and purple cabbage with carrots
  • Add the mayonnaise to the bowl, sprinkle the onion powder, seasoned salt, the pepper, and celery salt on top of the mixture, then stir well to incorporate the mayonnaise and the seasonings.
    making Creamy Coleslaw step 4
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight for the flavors to develop. Give the coleslaw a quick stir before serving. Enjoy!
    Creamy Coleslaw closeup in serving bowl


[1] Substitution: 1 bag (16 ounce) coleslaw mix
[2] If cutting from fresh cabbage:
  • 1/4 medium-to-large-size head of green cabbage will equal approximately three cups cabbage cut into a fine shred or coarsely grated.
  • 1/4 small-size head of purple cabbage will equal approximately two cups cabbage cut into a fine shred or coarsely grated.
This recipe can also be made using only green cabbage – to make; you will need a total of five cups of cut or grated cabbage.


Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 6.8gProtein: 1.5gFat: 18.5gSaturated Fat: 2.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 4.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10.3mgSodium: 192.1mgPotassium: 202.4mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 3.3gVitamin A: 123.1IUVitamin C: 34.1mgCalcium: 43.2mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword cabbage, carrot, coleslaw, mayo, mayonnaise, salad
Tried this recipe?Review it ! Or leave a comment. It’s super helpful for others and us!

Recipe Card powered by WP Recipe Maker

(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)

Copyright © 2017-2024 Kymberley Pekrul | GfreeDeliciously | gfreedeliciously.com | All content and photographs are copyright protected. The sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. However, copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited. Please read my Photo Use Policy for detailed guidelines and further clarification.

Be among the first to know whenever we post a new recipe by following us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. So follow along, and let’s make food GfreeDeliciously together!

Share the LVE


When you make our recipes, snap a photo, post it, and tag it with #CookingGfreeDeliciously on Instagram. Enjoy, xo!

Find us @GfreeDeliciously

Still hungry? Here’s more

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with Broccolini and Rice
Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with Broccolini and Rice
Easy Roasted Carrot, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Kale Salad
Easy Roasted Carrot, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Kale Salad
The Best Holiday Cranberry Sauce
The Best Holiday Cranberry Sauce
How to Make Creamy, Dreamy Pumpkin Risotto
How to Make Creamy, Dreamy Pumpkin Risotto
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
previous arrow
next arrow

How to Make Simply Scrumptious Southern Summer Squash Casserole

When you’re swimming in summer squash at this time of year, our Scrumptious Southern Summer Squash Casserole is a no-brainer comfort food homerun at the dinner table for cookouts and barbecues. And, with its good taste and thin yellow skin, this aesthetically pleasing casserole dish is perfect for using the tender vine-grown fruit that’s smothered between creamy sweet corn studded saucy layers topped with gluten-free saltines and then baked until golden and bubbly. Team it up with baked chicken, grilled pork chops, or a tender slab of barbecue ribs!

Read More

Chocolate Zucchini, Raisin & Nut Bread

Zucchini surplus? No problem.

This yummy zucchini bread recipe is ultra-moist, chocked full of natural sweetness, a light nutty crunch, and chocolaty goodness in every bite. And, it freezes well too!

Read More

I'd love to hear your thoughts...

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Where there's a whisk, there's always a way to enjoy it gluten-free...

Kymberley @gfreedeliciously

Kymberley @gfreedeliciously

Hi, I'm Kymberley, the creator of GfreeDeliciously and the Amazing, Glorious Journey Programs. I pray that my work will inspire you to honor your body through God and Good Food from the inside out, all while enjoying your Amazing, Glorious Journey!

Take a peek at the behind GfreeDeliciously

Being creative, cooking, fresh veggies, the violin, decorating for holidays, sewing, hand-quilting, cowgirl boots, country music, fresh herbs in pots, blowing dandelions to the wind, walking barefoot in the grass, hanging out with eclectic interesting people, reading, writing, warm lazy summer days, and yoga!

Gluten, cilantro, mixed vegetables (the frozen kind I grew up with), negativism, rudeness, narcissism, overstaying a welcome,
not helping out, liars, promiscuity, cockiness, know-it-alls, being overly-dramatic, goal-less-ness, poor hygiene, chauvinism, lacking a sense of humor, excessive competitiveness, Laziness, horrifying spellers, people-bashing, criticism and mockery of others and their beliefs, flakiness (because flaky people are really unappealing), more swagger than substance, people who constantly manage others (those folks who think they have all the answers…)

Lambrusco, my iPad, popcorn suppers, dark chocolate, cookbooks, Almond-Rocca, historical romances, sun-bathing, weekend coffee with a good book in bed, PBS cooking shows, romantic comedies, cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and fragrant bubble baths with soft music and wine…

Say please and thank you, LAUGH, Pray often, ENCOURAGE others, Be KIND, HONEST, HAPPY, Keep your PROMISES, Be GRATEFUL, Wash your hands, FORGIVE yourself and others, LISTEN, Have FAITH, Be CONFIDENT, Honor your parents, CHERISH your children and grandchildren, TREASURE your family, ABIDE in GOD’s love, Be POLITE, Guard your HEART, SEEK your purpose, FEED your mind, body and soul, Be HOPEFUL, Resist temptation, Lay your burdens down, TRUST your gut, CONNECT with nature, Know that GOD made you perfect just the way you are, SERVE others, LIVE to love, Be COURAGEOUS, Shine bright, OPEN your mind, RESPECT differences, HONOR your inner hunger, SING loud, Be PROUD of who you are, Practice PATIENCE, Never give up, WEATHER the storms of life, Say I love you, LOVE one another

  • I’ve traveled to 32 states in the USA where I’ve enjoyed the food, history, people and the local culture while visiting.
  • Among the states, I’ve lived in are Arizona, California, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  • My favorite island is Maui.
  • I’ve also been to Canada and Mexico.
  • I rode horses as a kid, and barrel-raced.
  • I broke my neck when I was 18 and went to senior prom in a neck brace.
  • As a little girl, I grew up living next door to my grandma and grandpa on a small lake in rural southern Michigan.
  • The first thing I learned to cook was pancakes.
  • The craziest thing I ever made was mint-flavored green cupcakes when I was 13. My family didn’t like them much…


Would love your thoughts, please comment.x



Simple and delicious gluten-free recipes, family-friendly meal ideas, healthy cooking, encouragement, and easy-to-implement lifestyle strategies to live fully nourished from the creator and publisher of GfreeDeliciously.com Kymberley Pekrul.


Simple and delicious gluten-free recipes, family-friendly meal ideas, healthy cooking, encouragement, and easy-to-implement lifestyle strategies to live fully nourished… Only from GfreeDeliciously!

Click to Print Recipe

The “Print Recipe” link above will ONLY WORK on a recipe page.