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Simple Homemade Coleslaw Recipe – Easy Sugar Free Recipe

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This simple homemade coleslaw recipe is so easy to make with only a handful of simple ingredients. So ditch the store-bought stuff. This easy coleslaw recipe is bursting with fresh, crisp flavor and is surprisingly easy to make. Plus, it’s completely sugar-free, making it a perfect side dish for everyone at the table.

Whip up this delicious slaw in minutes and enjoy it alongside your favorite grilled dishes, pulled pork, burgers, or sandwiches.


Craving a fresh, flavorful coleslaw that’s good for you? Skip the store-bought tubs packed with added sugar and unknown ingredients. This simple coleslaw recipe uses minimal ingredients, all gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and sugar-free. 

What You Need to Make Simple Homemade Coleslaw

To make this healthy coleslaw recipe you only need 4 basic ingredients, and no fancy equipment. These can all be easily found at the local grocery store. 

  • 1 -12oz bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • *optional – 1/4 cup dill relish, salt, pepper, celery seed
simple-homemade-coleslaw-ingredients green and purple cabbage

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

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The base of any homemade coleslaw recipe is the crunchy cabbage. To keep things simple I love using a bag of pre-shredded cabbage. It comes with ready-to-use shredded green cabbage, red cabbage,  and shredded carrots. Pre-shredded broccoli slaw works well too. 

If you prefer to work harder, you can always shred your own cabbage. Simply use a box grater or food processor and slice up fresh green and purple cabbage, but why do that when you don’t have to?

You can apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar for this easy recipe. 

When it comes to mayonnaise did you know that the popular brands are made with soybean oil? I tend to avoid soy for numerous reasons:

  • Avocado Oil is rich in monounsaturated fats. These fats are considered “good fats” as they may help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. It also undergoes minimal refining, preserving its natural antioxidants and beneficial compounds
  • Soybean Oil is high in polyunsaturated fats, including omega-6s. While essential, an imbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio can contribute to inflammation. Some processing methods for soybean oil can also create unhealthy trans fats. It also usually undergoes extensive refining, potentially reducing its nutritional value. 

I am not a doctor, I am a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. Keep in mind, that this is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions or starting a new health routine.

I love to use this avocado oil-based mayonnaise for this classic coleslaw recipe, and any other recipe that calls for mayo. It is made with simple ingredients like Avocado Oil, Cage-Free Egg Yolks, Filtered Water, Organic Cage-Free Whole Eggs, Organic Distilled White Vinegar, Organic Honey, Organic Mustard (Organic Mustard Seed, Distilled Organic Vinegar, Organic Spices), Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract.

Optional – to personalize this simple homemade coleslaw you can add salt, black pepper, or celery seed to suit your taste. 

How to Make the Best Coleslaw Recipe

First, add the shredded cabbage to a large bowl, and add the mayo. 

avocado oil chosen mayonaisse

Next, add the Dijon mustard to the bowl. 


Then add the vinegar to the cabbage mixture. You do not need much vinegar. 

apple cider vinegar with mayo mustard and cabbege

Stir the cabbage salad to combine. For a more creamy dressing, you can add another 1-2 Tbsp of mayo as needed. It’s always best to start with less and add. more, because you can always add, but you can’t take away. 

combine ingredients in large bowl

Optional ingredients can be added next, feel free to add salt, pepper, and/or celery seed to taste. Another nice touch is the addition of relish which adds another layer of flavor to this colorful coleslaw recipe. Dill relish will add a nice flavor, and remain sugar-free, while sweet pickle relish has sugar in it and will add a hint of sweetness to your slaw.

For the best results, and the best flavor place the coleslaw salad in an airtight container and into the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours. 

Simple Homemade Coleslaw Made with Pre-Shredded Coleslaw Mix

This healthy coleslaw is a great addition to your backyard barbecue, 


This easy, homemade coleslaw recipe comes together in minutes with just a handful of healthy fresh ingredients. Skip the chopping with a pre-shredded coleslaw mix, and enjoy the vibrant flavors and satisfying crunch alongside your favorite grilled dishes. With its sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free approach, this coleslaw is a guilt-free way to add a refreshing touch to any summer meal.

easy homemade coleslaw recipe

Make sure to include this recipe the next time you plan your next cookout. 


What to Serve with Coleslaw

Coleslaw is served well with other side dishes like potato salad or broccoli salad. It pairs well with hot dogs, burgers, fish tacos, and pulled pork

homemade slaw with pulled pork
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Simple Homemade Coleslaw

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

This simple homemade coleslaw is so easy to make with only a handful of simple ingredients. Plus, it's completely sugar-free.


  • 1 -12oz bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • *optional - 1/4 cup dill relish, salt, pepper, celery seed


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1-2 hours before serving.
  3. Enjoy
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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