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Crunchy Coleslaw: A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Recipe


When it comes to versatile side dishes, coleslaw reigns supreme. Its crisp texture and tangy flavor make it the perfect accompaniment to any meal, whether it’s a backyard barbecue or a weekday dinner. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of chopping. Today, I’m sharing my favorite recipe for homemade coleslaw that’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering.


  • 1/2 head of cabbage, checked for bugs, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Start by thinly slicing the cabbage and grating the carrots. You can use a knife or a mandoline slicer for the cabbage, and a box grater works well for the carrots. Place the sliced cabbage and grated carrots in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth and well combined.
  3. Combine: Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrots in the mixing bowl. Use a large spoon or tongs to toss everything together until the vegetables are evenly coated with the dressing.
  4. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the coleslaw for at least 30 minutes before serving. Chilling allows the flavors to meld together and enhances the crispness of the vegetables.
  5. Serve: Once chilled, give the coleslaw a final toss and transfer it to a serving dish. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper or chopped parsley for a pop of color.

Tips for Success:

  • For added crunch and flavor, consider tossing in some thinly sliced red onion or diced bell pepper.
  • Adjust the sweetness of the coleslaw by increasing or decreasing the amount of honey in the dressing to suit your taste.
  • Make it ahead of time! Coleslaw actually tastes better when it’s allowed to sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving, so feel free to make it in advance.

This homemade coleslaw is sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire. With its crisp texture, tangy dressing, and customizable ingredients, it’s the perfect side dish for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it alongside grilled meats, sandwiches, or simply enjoying it on its own, this coleslaw is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Give it a try and prepare to be amazed by how delicious homemade coleslaw can be!