Coleslaw is a quintessential American side dish that inevitably appears at pot lucks, tailgating get-togethers, and backyard barbecues. Unfortunately, all too often, instead of a delicious, cool, crunchy salad, one is met instead with a sad, sloppy, mayo-drenched mess that tastes of very little.
Don’t settle for a bland and mediocre coleslaw — it is just so easy to make it a delicious dish that could surprise everyone at the picnic table and end up being the star of the meal. From Asian-inspired slaw recipes to carrot slaws, cauliflower versions, and even a better version of the classic mayo-based salad, there are more than enough options to choose from. Even if you don’t normally like coleslaw, you are sure to find a recipe here that you love, so read on to discover 15 of the best coleslaw recipes around.
This Asian broccoli slaw full of fantastic vegetables like red pepper, sugar snap peas and (of course) broccoli is easy to make, and you can even make the tasty ginger sesame dressing ahead of time.
Here’s another delicious Asian slaw, this time with a fab miso and ginger dressing for a perfect combination of umami and zing. A splash of maple syrup, a tablespoon of rice vinegar, and the optional teaspoon of sriracha all add up to a forkful of incredible flavor!
A healthy take on a creamy Waldorf salad, this slaw is full of tart apples, sweet craisins, and crunchy walnuts for a great combination of different flavors and textures. The dressing uses Greek yogurt to lighten things up, which is lovely and refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
Shaved, raw Brussels sprouts, pickled raisins, and an apple cider mustard seed dressing take coleslaw to the next level with sweet, tart, and crunchy deliciousness in every bite.
Shredded cauliflower gets upgraded in this recipe with a sweet, tangy, and surprisingly delicious dressing that’s made with puréed prunes, tarragon, celery seed, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
This is almost your traditional coleslaw, but substituting Greek yogurt for some of the mayonnaise (but not all of it!) adds a tasty tang and great flavor without compromising anything.
Here is a fresh take on the classic coleslaw. This recipe combines cabbage, carrots, and red onion with a creamy avocado cilantro dressing in this easy-to-follow side dish recipe.
The slaw that accompanies these excellent fish tacos is full of flavor from cilantro, lime juice, and red onions. It is simple and such a satisfying accompaniment to any main dish.
The secret to this slaw is wilting the cabbage a bit, with salt and sugar, before dressing it with a simple but effective dressing of oil and vinegar.
Thinly sliced radicchio and shredded carrot team up in this slaw. It is traditionally dressed and tastes great in spite of the nontraditional vegetables used.
Granny Smith apples and a splash of orange juice add great sweetness and flavor to this tasty slaw.
Is it even possible to add bacon to a dish and not have it taste phenomenal? Probably not. This warm slaw is jam-packed full of tasty ingredients, from the aforementioned bacon to sautéed onion, garlic, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard.
This vegetable-filled slaw, with carrot and two kinds of cabbage, is the perfect side salad to serve at every summer party.
A dash of truffle oil with make this the fanciest coleslaw ever and is sure to impress friends and family at your next potluck or cookout.
Watermelon radishes not only taste great, they look absolutely amazing, paired with sweet and refreshing watermelon, mint and rice vinegar they make for a truly unforgettable slaw that you’ll certainly add to your repertoire of vegetarian cookout recipes that will make you forget burgers and dogs.
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