The Best Creamy Coleslaw Recipe! | So delicious and simple to make!

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This simple and delicious recipe for easy creamy coleslaw is packed with flavor and uses only 5 ingredients!  A staple at family BBQ’s, potlucks and church suppers, this creamy coleslaw recipe will give you everything you need and more!

And speaking of BBQ, this coleslaw is the perfect pairing for the next time you make my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe, with  Homemade BBQ Sauce!

close up image of homemade coleslaw with onion and carrots

Coleslaw can take many forms but the tangy sweetness in this recipe is always great with outdoor BBQ, smoked meat and our slow cooker pulled pork.  It comes together in minutes and you can serve it again the next day.

I’ve been making this best creamy coleslaw recipe for friends and family for so many years I’ve lost count!

In fact, when I first started to make it, I was working in my parents’ catering business.  And everyone of those banquets needed a ton of coleslaw!  Back then we didn’t use a food processor – we would ask our wholesaler to shred the cabbage and carrots for us and we would then chop it much more finely, with all of the onion. By. Hand.

homemade coleslaw with mayonnaise in white bowl on picnic table with green placemat

Now there are lots of creamy coleslaw recipes, some are quite tart and have a strong vinegar base to them.  But if creamy coleslaw dressing is what you crave, then this is the perfect recipe for you!

This is the Best Creamy Coleslaw Recipe! And the secret to the great flavor in this creamy coleslaw recipe is onion. Green cabbage, chopped onion and carrots and mayo. BIG flavor and a crowd favorite every time!”

“This is the Best Creamy Coleslaw Recipe! And the secret to the great flavor in this creamy coleslaw recipe is onion. Green cabbage, chopped onion and carrots and mayo. BIG flavor and a crowd favorite every time!”]

When I first started making coleslaw and taking it to family dinners, I would use a hand grater, but when my sweet mother-in-law found out, she went right out and bought a small food processor for me.  I was overcome with the gift, but her explanation was simple.  “This is the best creamy coleslaw recipe I have ever tasted, and if I want it every time you come for dinner, then I need to know it isn’t such a chore for you to make.”  Isn’t that sweet? 🙂

creamy homemade coleslaw with carrots, onion on a wooden table with a green napkin

Now you know I used that little food processor for a very long time, it was a Cuisinart, I think, and it just gave up the ghost and stopped working a couple of months ago.  I used it for everything from delicious flaky pie crust to chopping up my coleslaw veggies.

So I had to go shopping for a new one.  After researching the market, the best deal I could find was on Amazon.  If you can get one for under $70, then grab it, because that’s a great deal.  I looked at these two and chose the Cuisinart based on experience.

So let’s get started and make Your Best Creamy Coleslaw Recipe!

One medium sized head of green cabbage

2-3 small cooking onions

2-3 medium carrots

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing

2 tbsp. sugar

Salt and pepper

Pinch of paprika

Preparation: (Prep time – 30 minutes)

Cut the cabbage into chunks and shred in your food processor – but pulse only, so that you get a coarse grind.

Chop the onion and the carrots in the food processor as well, chopping both finely.

Place into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mayonnaise and blend well.

Sprinkle with paprika and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

cabbage and carrot coleslaw with mayonnaise in large white bowl with red gingham checked cloth and green napkin
cabbage salad with carrots and onions

The Best Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine North American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head green cabbage - One medium sized head o
  • 2-3 onions - small, cooking
  • 2-3 carrots - medium
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Pinch paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preparation: (Prep time - 30 minutes)
  • Cut the cabbage into chunks and shred in your food processor – but pulse only, so that you get a coarse grind.
  • Chop the onion and the carrots in the food processor as well, chopping both finely.
  • Place into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mayonnaise and blend well.
  • Sprinkle with paprika and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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The secret to the great flavor in this best creamy coleslaw recipe is onion. Green cabbage, chopped onion and carrots combine with your favorite salad dressing. BIG flavor and a crowd pleaser every time!

 

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.