Classic Memphis-Style Coleslaw

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Sweet and Tangy Southern Style Coleslaw is nicely balanced with just enough tang from the vinegar and a sprinkling of sweetness from the sugar. The dressing is so simple, so sweet and tangy, this is a classic coleslaw recipe perfect for any occasion.

In case you’re wondering, THIS is the coleslaw we use for the ever-popular BBQ Sundaes. Lots of coleslaws will do in that recipe but this one is by far our favorite. Naturally, when I made the BBQ Pork Mac and Cheese last week, I made a batch of this coleslaw to serve with it. We love it that much!

Creamy Southern Style Coleslaw

I made this coleslaw recipe for the first time, at my husband’s request, along with the first batch of Memphis Style Ribs we ever cooked. We all loved it so much; I wound up making this slaw twice more with each subsequent batch of ribs.

Updated to add: I’ve been making this coleslaw at least once a month for the past six years. Every time someone tastes it (especially if said person is not already a fan of coleslaw) they ask for the recipe. This is the coleslaw that you’ll want to serve all summer long.

If you’ve never made coleslaw before, let me share a secret: it’s the easiest side dish in the world. (Check out the video to see just how easy it is to make it!)

I found this Southern Living recipe for Memphis Style Coleslaw over at Our Best Bites and gently adapted our version from that one. It takes about 3 minutes to stir it all together and then you’re done.

(Even if you shred your own cabbage instead of buying a bag of shredded cabbage, you’re only looking at maybe two minutes longer.)

It couldn’t be any quicker and easier to pull this tasty side dish together. Even grabbing a container of ready-made coleslaw from the grocery store takes longer than this coleslaw recipe.

Let me tell you, that homemade coleslaw is so much better than anything you can get from the deli section at your grocery store. Crunchy crisp shredded cabbage with creamy mayo and tangy mustard makes the ideal complement to so many savory main dishes.

Memphis Coleslaw is a terrific side dish for any occasion!

When we all happily eat the same dish three times in a week, that’s good evidence that the recipe was loved. Last night, I piled the last of this slaw over pulled pork sandwiches and pretty much solidified the fact that this the best southern style coleslaw I’ve ever tasted.

If you had a bad experience with a soggy, sloppy coleslaw that’s left you avoiding this side dish for years, now is the chance to discover how delicious great coleslaw can be. And if you’re an avid coleslaw fan already, be prepared to add a new favorite slaw recipe to the top of your list.

What To Eat with Coleslaw

This slaw is guaranteed to forever change how you serve pulled pork. The BBQ Sundaes I linked to earlier are still one of my favorite meals of all time. I promise you this is the BEST coleslaw to serve with pulled pork.

If you know me at all you know I don’t kid around when it comes to pulled pork. From Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork to Pulled Pork Tacos, I don’t mess around when it comes to this southern dish.

I serve this southern coleslaw with Pulled Pork Tater Tot Nachos, Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken, Pulled Pork Tacos and Tostadas, and so much more. Classic Southern Style Coleslaw is truly the ultimate side dish.

Another fun way to eat coleslaw is to pile the slaw on top of BBQ Chicken Nachos for an unforgettable treat.

Classic Memphis-Style Southern Coleslaw recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Coleslaw

For more slaw ideas, check out this Sweet and Spicy Apple Coleslaw. That apple slaw gets rave reviews every single time I take it anywhere.

This Sriracha Coleslaw (for an unexpected spicy twist) and this Spicy Cabbage (for a lighter side dish perfect for tacos and snacking) are both winners.

I’m looking forward to trying Caribbean Coleslaw by A Spicy Perspective and Bacon Bleu Cheese Coleslaw by Taste and Tell later this summer as well.

You might also like this Sweet and Tangy Broccoli Slaw for a different take on a slaw recipe. We love traditional coleslaws with cabbage but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up!

Coleslaw Recipe

This slaw recipe, though? This tops the list as my all-time favorite. It’s a southern coleslaw without too many bells and whistles. What makes it so good is the exact right balance of creamy mayo, crunchy cabbage and vinegary tang.

Simply seasoned with celery seeds and onion powder (or grated onion, if you prefer) this classic coleslaw recipe is loved by everyone who tastes it. Even people who don’t usually like coleslaw enjoy this dish!

We love this coleslaw with pulled pork but it’s also delicious as a side dish with Perfect Pan-Fried Chicken ThighsOven Broiled Chicken with Barbecue SauceFilthy Burgers and almost any meat entree I can think of.

This really might be the BEST Coleslaw recipe you'll ever make.

How To Make Coleslaw

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, onion powder, and celery seeds.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage and toss or stir until well coated.
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before serving and up to 2 days. (I like to use these tongs to toss again right before serving.)

The refrigeration step not only chills the coleslaw but gives all those lovely flavors a chance to mingle and marry together.

This coleslaw is the ideal side dish but I’ve been known to catch more than one picnic-goer eating it straight from the container with a fork! You might even want to double the recipe if you’re hoping to have any leftovers to bring home. Memphis style coleslaw is just that good.

Southern Coleslaw

Looking for more southern-inspired recipes to complete your next barbecue? Everyone loves Corn Pudding Casserole and these Slow Cooker Baked Beans served alongside grilled or barbecued meat.

Southern Peach Cobbler topped with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream makes any meal complete.

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Memphis Coleslaw is a terrific side dish for any occasion!

Classic Memphis-Style Coleslaw

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Sweet and Tangy Southern Style Coleslaw is nicely balanced with just enough tang from the vinegar and a sprinkling of sweetness from the sugar. Recipe gently adapted from and with thanks to Our Best Bites
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon finely grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 16 ounce bag of coleslaw mix plain cabbage or tri-color deli style

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, onion powder, and celery seeds. Add the shredded cabbage and toss until well coated. Refrigerate for an hour before serving and up to 2 days. Toss again right before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

This coleslaw can be made in advance. However, it will release more liquid the longer it is stored in the refrigerator. You'll want to drain off some of the excess liquid prior to tossing again and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal · Carbohydrates: 8g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 21g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 11mg · Sodium: 450mg · Potassium: 120mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 6g · Vitamin A: 75IU · Vitamin C: 22mg · Calcium: 37mg · Iron: 0.6mg
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{originally published 5/30/14 – recipe notes updated 4/6/20}

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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    I'm so happy you put your coleslaw on your pulled pork sandwich:-). That is such a North Carolina thing to do and now that I have had it like that I can't eat a BBQ sandwich without coleslaw. I like the tanginess in this recipe – I think that makes perfect coleslaw!

  2. Kim Honeycutt says

    I'm also a North Carolina gal who loves coleslaw! On a chopped barbecue sandwich, a juicy hamburger, a messy "Sloppy Joe" or with a bowl of pinto beans even. That's just a small example of what I have slaw with…the list goes on!! Thanks for this version!! Pinning it!

  3. Anonymous says

    I think that this sounds amazing … however … because of a medical condition, I cannot ingest any type of seed. If there something that can be used in place of the celery seed?

  4. Anonymous says

    We threw a big party this weekend with pulled pork and this slaw. I had several people come up to me and comment how they normally don't like slaw but LOVED this recipe. It multiplies well for larger batches too! Definitely a recipe worth trying, sharing, and holding on to!!

  5. Anonymous says

    Made this yesterday. Best slaw we have ever eaten! Will be making this from now on! No more store bought! Great job!5 stars

  6. Evelyn says

    This is an amazing cole slaw recipe. Always know it will be a hit anywhere I serve it. Has my families vote as the best cole slaw ever.5 stars

  7. Mum H says

    I just made this for a second time since finding it. I thought the coleslaw mix I bought looked sort of pale so I also bought a bag of broccoli slaw mix and then made 1 1/2 batch of the dressing. It was the perfect amount of dressing and the mix looks so much more appetizing with the darker green color mixed in. Did not affect the taste at all!5 stars

  8. Nicole says

    I have been looking for a coleslaw recipe for a long time now and I'm SO glad I found this one! I pretty much followed the recipe except I only added 1 1/2 tbs of sugar and a pinch of salt. I love this recipe!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂5 stars

  9. E says

    I found this a few months ago and it has become my go to recipe. I made one small change by halving the amount of celery seed. Never any leftovers!5 stars

  10. Lisa says

    I love this coleslaw recipe! I no longer make any other recipe. I add a little green pepper to the mix because I like green pepper in my coleslaw.5 stars

  11. Carol C. says

    The best cole slaw recipe I’ve tried in a long time. I used sliced onion. Since lm off sugar, I used a 1/4 teaspoon of stevia. So good5 stars

  12. Cheryl Simonetti says

    This is a great recipe, everyone at our BBQ complimented me on it! So this is officially my go to recipe! 👌

  13. Susan says

    Just made this slaw to accompany pulled pork sandwiches. Wow! I hope there’s some left by the time dinner is ready–it is really delicious!5 stars

  14. Tianshi says

    I’m searching about coleslaw recipe and i found this post. I will try this memphis style coleslaw, it’s look so fresh and tasty. Thanks for share this recipe

  15. Dana Hammer-Eden says

    Absolutely THE best cole slaw!! It’s better than ANYTHING I ever tasted. For color, I also added a small bag of broccoli slaw, but I used the SAME measurements for the ingredients. I also used Hellman’s real mayonnaise. I think that makes a big difference as well5 stars

  16. Debbie Byrd says

    I have never been a coleslaw fan. If it were on the table, I may try a bite, but that’s about it.
    I needed to bring a dish, so I figured…coleslaw. Easy to make, pretty inexpensive. I’ll make a big batch.
    I found this recipe, doubled it, and gave it a taste.
    And I may or may not have fixed myself a bowl of it AND THERE ARE NO WITNESSES TO SAY I DID!
    Best
    Coleslaw. Ever.5 stars

  17. Tim Curtis says

    I love tangy slaw, so the ingredients in this recipe were excellent. The celery seed is a great touch. I went with 3/4 C mayo instead of 1 C and added 2 T of Blue Cheese dressing for even more tang and it was plenty creamy. For those who are sugar conscious, it’s just as good with only 1 1/2 T of sugar instead of 3 T.5 stars

  18. Teresa Bondora says

    Someone posted about you in a homeschool group I’m in. Grew in Memphis on this coleslaw. Hard to find it in Atlanta. Thanks for this recipe. Headed to the store now to get what I need to make it!!

  19. Kate says

    This is an excellent recipe!!! Went a little less on mayo and celery seed- I will definitely make again!

  20. Diana says

    Been looking for a decent coleslaw recipe because when you buy dressing from the store. They are not to my liking .This one was just right. Many thanks!!

  21. Kristine says

    I used 3 small cabbages instead of packaged and everything else in the recipe. I was debating whether or not to make more dressing, but didn’t have time. It was fine for the pulled pork. Excellent!

  22. Lonnie keller says

    I always double the amount of cabbage, if you let it sit overnight the vinegar pushes the flavor into the cabbage as it releases it’s juice. I just made a batch with four bags and two bags worth of your recipe which is pretty great.5 stars

  23. J-DuB says

    The basics of this are great

    I sub Low Sodium Old Bay for the salt and use Onion and Herb Mrs. Dash for the onion powder. Few dashes of hot sauce, squeeze of lemon juice and a teaspoon of mustard powder don’t hurt neither! I like to top my pulled pork with coleslaw and I generally want something that is going to cut through the richness of pulled pork shoulder.

    You can make the basics of this, leave out the mayo and let the veggies “denature/ release”, drain and then stir in the mayo later. I prefer about 1/2 or even a 1/3 of the mayo that you guys call for and DUKE’S when I can find it! The Burman’s from ALDI is a close second for Duke’s.5 stars

  24. Frankie G says

    Just tried this recipe for the first time. Love the tangy taste of the sauce. It was a little different from the way that I usually make my coleslaw but I wanted to try something different. Love it!5 stars

    • Mary says

      You can skip it. There really isn’t a substitute for celery seed. It’s a key ingredient in classic coleslaw. I’ve skipped it in the past when I ran out and didn’t realize it ahead of time. I will add that celery seed provides a very distinct flavor and I’d recommend picking it up for the next time you make coleslaw.

  25. Tomekia says

    Hello the recipe had too much salt…. Next time I won’t use salt and then a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise…. Thanks

    • Mary says

      While we love this recipe exactly as written, it’s adaptable to your individual tastes. I’m sure it will still be delicious with less salt.

  26. Jenn says

    So good, so easy. I’ve lived in Memphis for 17+ years, the flavor from this recipe is legit. I added diced onions instead of onion powder, and some diced green bell peppers because you get that in Memphis slaw, too, and it adds a subtle but distinct flavor profile to the overall mix. Thanks so much for this recipe!5 stars

  27. Susan says

    Love this! Similar to our “go-to” slaw but i’ve never added the mustard or onion powder. I really appreciate the recipe.

  28. Aeron says

    Never been a huge slaw fan until I found this recipe!! It’s perfect!!! I have made it a dozen times in the last few months since I found it!5 stars

    • Mary says

      Why yes indeed, I am trying to kill everyone with mayonnaise. Good grief, reduce the mayo or skip the recipe if it doesn’t thrill you. I love this coleslaw made exactly as written.

    • Jessica says

      Still great with less mayo & sugar The easiest mayo to get out where we live is Kewpie. It’s much richer and slightly sweeter than the store bought mayo in the US. I reduced the mayo & sugar by 1/3 and this was perfect!5 stars

  29. Afton says

    This is my go to coleslaw recipe. It’s so easy and I impress anyone who tries it. Thanks for sharing it.5 stars

  30. misitb says

    I am a long time coleslaw lover and have used the same recipe for years so thought I would browse around for something new. This recipe intrigued me with the dijon mustard and the apple cider vinegar as I have only used regular mustard and white vinegar in my recipe. I also substituted Olive Oil mayo and green onions for the regular onion and added shredded carrot. Used it in my corned beef/pastrami sandwiches and it was TDF! I will be recommending to my daughters as they love coleslaw with their BBQ weekends. So glad I found this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Beth says

    I have not made this recipe specifically, but I have been enjoying a very similar version since I was a very little girl (a very long time ago)! My mom taught me how to make cole slaw, she learned from her mom, and I have taught my son to make it as well. Our recipe is very similar except we use half mayo, half Miracle Whip (no mustard). We also never measure anything, we always use the eyball it and taste it method. I will be trying this this recipe this weekend with ribs. Will let you know which version we like best.5 stars

  32. Janell says

    We had gone to key west and I had a lobster roll and side of slaw (I did not eat slaw) but I tried it and really liked it. We came home and I searched the internet for a recipe that sounded like what I had tasted. I found this Cole slaw recipe and it awesome! My husband loves slaw and he says this is the best he’s ever had. I reduce the celery seeds a little because we are not huge fans of celery, but they definitely have their place in this recipe. Thank you for the recipe. I’m so happy to have found it.5 stars

  33. Ernie Berey says

    Love this recipe especially for a southern boy who is very picky about his slaw. To me It’s one of those foods that is either great or horrible there are no in between.5 stars

  34. Cheryl says

    Needed a recipe asap and found this one. It’s really, really good!!! I love apple cider vinegar vs the white. This coleslaw paired very well with our smoked pork. Thanks for the recipe, it’ll be in my fav box!5 stars

  35. Mitch Horton says

    This reminds me of my Nanny’s cole slaw when I was just a boy! I use this recipe almost every time we do a picnic or serve barbeque. Funny thing, my kids wouldn’t eat any other cole slaw and I made this recipe and they can’t get enough of it! Thank you!5 stars

  36. Candice says

    Absolutely the best! We love this recipe and so do any of our guests that try it, thank you so much!5 stars

  37. Greg says

    Delicious! Added two tablespoons of horseradish. My wife said it’s the best coleslaw she’s ever had. Thanks!

  38. Lucy says

    I love love love this recipe.i work in a restaurant and am thinking about making a big batch of the dressing to use as needed . What would be the shelf life for it ?

  39. Dunia says

    Hi Mary,
    This is a very tasty dressing. I like that you added onion for better flavor. Nice touch!
    Thank you for the tasty recipe that is my go to for coleslaw.
    Dunia5 stars

  40. Tracy Ditto says

    I have been looking for a southern coleslaw recipe for years. My mother passed away several years ago and she could never told me the recipe because she said she never measured and it was all in her head. This recipe, although similar to how I’ve tried many times with difference mayo and portions, but this one pretty much hit it on the head. The only down side I already made the dressing and put in the bag of slaw but the recipe called for a 16oz bag and I only had an 8oz so I tried to add more carrots and other things to fill in…lesson learned. I just switched from helmsman to blue plate and I think it tastes better. This recipe is a keeper!5 stars

  41. Devon Ridens says

    Crowd pleasing recipe that delivers on flavor! Thank you for sharing it! We love it here in West Tennessee!5 stars

  42. Lynn Lafleur says

    My son was making pulled pork and asked me to make my cole slaw. I thought I’d check out a new recipe .. something more “southern” to match up with his pulled pork. It was delicious!! Went perfectly on top of his pulled pork sandwiches.. a hit! I will keep my “traditional” recipe but added this one as well for our family bbq’s. Thank you!5 stars

  43. Jen the Wren says

    So delicious! The whole family loved this! Thank you for sharing it. I had to add a little homemade ‘Peppa Sauce’ to it when it was on my plate just to keep me breathing fire. I might have a problem….5 stars

  44. Greg M says

    Added horseradish for some kick.
    Also added poppy seeds, in addition to the celery seeds.
    My wife says it’s the best coleslaw she’s ever had.
    It’s becoming a staple… serving it tonight with smoked brisket.
    Thanks for this great recipe!

  45. Terrance says

    I have lived overseas for some time now. I love to cook and I have developed my own ways to quench our cravings for good southern bbq. For some reason, until now, I have never really tried to find a good homemade cole slaw recipe. This one is perfect! Thank you. When my wife and I eat it, the flavors take us home. This is more than a small gift. We are grateful!5 stars

  46. Catherine says

    For the first time in 46 years, my husband loves a coleslaw recipe I made. Thank you for making me look so good!5 stars

  47. Anne Robinson says

    I dont care for coleslaw but this was so good I’ve saved the recipe. We didnt have fresh lettuce and tomato so I topped our bison burgers with this. My husband closed his eyes and groaned with the first taste.

  48. Dunia says

    All I have to say is Yum! We topped it on our grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches. Thank you so much for this tasty recipe. It is a keeper!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      There are a few different vinegar-based slaw recipes here on the website, Gen. I wouldn’t recommend just skipping the mayo in this particular recipe.

  49. Bill says

    Made my first barefeetinthekitchen recipe tonight, Memphis Southern-Style Cole Slaw. Wow! Delicious!

    I look forward to trying to more recipes this week!5 stars

  50. Dennis C. says

    Followed the recipe to the letter other than making a half batch as the Wife doesn’t care for Mayonnaise dishes. Simple great slaw as is. I did kick it up a bit and added an extra teaspoon of red wine vinegar to go along with the apple cider called out on the recipe. It’s a great mash up with a Carolina type slaw.5 stars

  51. Stacey Dales says

    This is basically the recipe that I learned from my Grandmother. (She learned it in the 50’s when she was living in New Orleans). The only difference is the salt. We use garlic salt instead of kosher in my family and fresh sweet onion, not powdered. My pulled pork is just about to come out of the smoker to rest. The sauce is made and getting married ;). Thanks and peaceful memories on this Memorial Day Weekend 2020.5 stars

  52. Gale says

    I Pinned this recipe months ago because it looked like the kind of coleslaw I love. But I did not get around to making it until the quarantine began and I couldn’t go buy the one coleslaw in my area that I like. I had all ingredients on hand so I made it and now I have a NEW favorite coleslaw and I think it’s even better than my old one. Thank you so much for this recipe. I used to eat coleslaw only with BBQ or seafood and I also like it on hotdogs with chili. But, we now eat it as a side dish all the time. I’ve made it at least 5 times in quarantine and just made it again today. I LOVE IT!!!!! My daughters love it too, so when I make it I have to make enough to share with them. Thanks again and stay healthy.5 stars

  53. Holly says

    No more store bought Maries dressing for me! I love this recipe and it sure reminds me of the slaw my mom used to make (a Virginia lady).
    I add broccoli florets and lots of grated carrots and maybe some green pepper. This sauce is perfect with all of it. Thank you!5 stars

    • HR says

      I love this recipe, but I do find it makes quite a bit more dressing than is necessary for the amount of grated cabbage. That’s not a bad thing – I mix the dressing up, then put half of it in a little jar for sandwich spread, veggie dip or putting on a salad another night.

      I would recommend trying the same if this is your first time making it, and then adding the extra back in bit by bit if you feel like it’s needed.5 stars

  54. Hillary L says

    Hi there! I am looking to take this for a weekend getaway. I am thinking I’ll mix the wet ingredients and the seasonings in advance (maybe in a clean dressing bottle) and then combine it with the cabbage later. How do you think that will hold up? Would there be any hurt in melding the flavors 2-3 days in advance?
    Looking forward to trying it!
    Thanks!

    • Mary Younkin says

      That is exactly how I prepare this when we are camping. The dressing will keep nicely when made several days in advance. Just shake it up and toss together when you’re ready to serve it.

  55. Jenn says

    I made this and it came out really good. My recommendation to anyone making it is to start with one TBS of sugar (recipe calls for 3), taste it, and then decide if it needs more. I prefer tangy slaw so mine was good with one TBS.5 stars

  56. Diane says

    Hi Mary,
    This is the best coleslaw we have ever eaten, and we are picky!
    The first time I made this I knew it would be a staple in our house
    and we have it at least once or twice a week. It’s fabulous and
    so easy. Thank you!5 stars

  57. Rodney says

    Very good I used real onion, real celery along with one carrot and followed the recipe closely. Once on my plate sprinkled raisins my first attempt at coleslaw I give it five stars I generally do not like it at the restaurants but I like this.5 stars

  58. Kelly McElwee says

    Delicious! I have been trying a few new coleslaw recipes to find the best one. I believe this is it…Perfect balance of tangy and sweet.5 stars

  59. Laura says

    This is the best and most simple coleslaw ever! Even if I have to get the ingredients if I don’t have them, it is always worth it! Everyone that has tried it has loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  60. karen says

    I made this slaw last weekend to serve with pulled pork and it was a big hit. Truth be told, it was the best slaw recipe I have found after over 50 years of searching! We are having ‘socially distancing’ family this coming weekend and I’m serving it again! My husband, who is regularly complimentary of my cooking was over the moon with appreciation. Thanks for this recipe!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Well, first off, you’ll need to more than double it, Meng. You’ll probably want to multiple this by at least 6-8x. There’s a slider on the number of servings in the recipe card that will be helpful for that.

  61. olivia says

    Yummy classic slaw dressing, but for myself, a bit too sweet as is. Should have tasted as I went along, but fixed it up by adding a bit more veg and a bloop more cider v.
    Used fresh celery and onion and added grated carrot.

  62. Lorene says

    Awesome! I actually added just a couple of caraway seeds before I realized but , with the cabbage, it worked well. I only had red cabbage and carrots, not problem! Very tasty on slow cooked cuban pork sandwiches!! 😋5 stars

  63. Barb Tessier says

    I have tried so many coleslaw recipes, i was ready to give up eating this dish forever. The “KFC” recipe, the “Canadian” recipe, the “never fail” USA recipe, BLECH TO ALL! I found this Southern Style recipe not one hour ago, and I liked the way the ingredients were set out. I tried it. I used fresh grated celery instead of the seed though, (1 tspn seed = 3 tbspns grated or minced celery) and my God! I have already copied this recipe to my own collection, with full credit to this author, and my thanks.

    Coleslaw is back on the menu! (Especially Canada Day! Just wait until they taste this!)

    As a Canadian who loves to cook, I’m very happy to have found a recipe that meets my strict demands. Thank you again!5 stars

  64. Lori says

    This recipe was delicious! I’m on Weight Watchers, so I tweaked the recipe just a little bit. I only used 1 tablespoon of sugar, and used 1/2 cup Mayo with 1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt. Also added sriracha because I like it spicy. Fantastic! My boyfriend raved about it when I added it to our Pulled Pork sandwiches. It’s a keeper! Both the recipe and the boyfriend lol5 stars

  65. Dean Meadows says

    I normally add a little or subtract a little of one of more ingredients. Ya know, just to make it your own. As I went down the list of ingredients I was actually thrilled that all of the boxes were checked. This recipe needs NO deviation. It’s amazing! I will definitely be making this one from now on. Wow! So good!5 stars

  66. AC says

    Made this today for SB Sunday. I’m really picky with slaw– it seems it’s either far too sweet, or too harsh and vinegary. This recipe hits the perfect notes for me– slightly sweet with a tang that’s not obnoxious. Really good!! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  67. Patty says

    Not just you Mary, but almost every recipe for slaw uses packaged, pre-cut cabbage. Can nobody buy beautiful fresh cabbages and use an actual knife?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Your comment made me grin, Patty. I use both coleslaw mix and cabbage that I slice. It typically just depends on what I have on hand. It works beautifully both ways.

  68. Linda says

    I’m not a huge fan of coleslaw but was asked to bring some to a BBQ. I came across this recipe and so glad I did. It is so good! Perfectly balanced between sweet and tangy.5 stars

  69. Elizabeth R. Harley says

    Waaaay too much celery seed. Like WOW. 1/2 or 1/4 what the recipe calls for. It tastes like STRAIGHT CELERY SEED. nothing else.
    I added white vinegar in addition bc it wasn’t tangy enough & only used 3/4 cup of mayo. But still too much mayo it neutralizes the tang. 😑 I gave this a good try though & some ppl seem to love it. Not my fave though.

  70. Helen says

    I literally just made this as I wanted to use up a bag of shredded cabbage/carrots etc that I have on hand just in case. I end up forgetting about them usually, so this was a good way to use them up. I really like the recipe but as you say any recipe can be tweaked, which I did. It was a little too sweet for me, so I added more ACV. Next time I’ll just do 1-2 tblsp of sugar and a little more ACV. Thanks for the recipe….love it!4 stars

  71. Patrick says

    I am interested in printing your Memphis Cole Slaw Recipe to make along with my Pulled Pork Sandwiches tonight. When I click on “Jump to the Recipe” and hit Print, it takes me back to the top of the article. I just want to print the recipe, not all 27 pages. Will just have to write it down and go from there.4 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Patrick, I just double-checked the recipe. When you click the “print” button inside the recipe card, it should be opening a new window with a print option for just the recipe card itself.

  72. Tina Breeden says

    Made this last night, the family loved it. My “tweek” to the recipe, after reading other reviews, was using half the mayo and 2/3 of the apple cider vinegar (I did not have a full 16 oz. of shredded cabbage). I thought it turned out great. I was curious, after reading one review commenting on the celery seeds, is she must have used tablespoons instead of teaspoons. I used the full amount of celery seed as if I was making the full recipe (I happen to love celery seeds) and I thought it could use a little more…..definitely a recipe to save and use again.4 stars

  73. Chris says

    One of my favorite go-to recipes for sides. Definitely make it a few hours ahead of time to infuse the cabbage with the mix.5 stars

  74. Christine says

    This is crazy tasty coleslaw! I used half the sugar and it was perfect for our taste. This is my new favourite recipe because it’s creamy and tangy and delicious!5 stars

  75. Tom Lavelle says

    Fantastic and super easy. I polished off the little bit of leftovers today and immediately wanted to make a second batch.5 stars

  76. Lynn Lafleur says

    THis has been my go-to recipe for the past year. I am now in charge of the cole slaw at family picnics, taking my aunt’s place who passed last year. I consider that an honor:)5 stars

  77. Sonya A Heg says

    Just made it for 4th of July 2021 everybody loved it, thank you for your recipe!!!!!

    Will use again and so will my neighbor!!!!5 stars

  78. Imara says

    This is the best coleslaw recipe I’ve found online. My sister and I love it so much that we have even had this as a main dish with just meat as a side dish ;-). This will be my go to coleslaw recipe from now on.5 stars

  79. Becky says

    I have made this recipe for several years and my family calls it Becky’s special slaw. Can it be made with a sugar substitute? We’ve cut sugar out of our diet for health reasons and I make this so regularly I’m worried it may not work with Splenda or stevia. I’m worried it may get more watery from the beginning. I prefer it creamy so we make it no more than 1-2 hours before we eat it.5 stars

  80. Lisa says

    Hands down, the best coleslaw recipe! I’ve made it several times since finding this recipe for our family 4th of July celebration. It is so good! It doubles well, no modifications made.5 stars

  81. Nancy Riddlebarger says

    This recipe was a 10/10 for me!! Exactly what I want in a coleslaw that pairs some smoked meats! It had the right amount of “lightness” and not that slathered. The tangy zip was my favorite part, not overly sweet. I did (by mistake) add some garlic powder in addition to the dried onion when adding the spices but it was terrific!5 stars

  82. Tracy A says

    There was something in your blog post that stood out to me – that folks that normally don’t even like Cole Slaw raved about it. I made this recipe for a family dinner the other night. The only deviation in the recipe was that I used honey Dijon instead of Dijon because that’s what I had on hand. Everyone loved it INCLUDING someone that normally doesn’t like Cole Slaw – – just like you said!!! They demanded I share the recipe. I did! I have shared it a half dozen times since I made it 4 days ago! Thank you for posting!5 stars

  83. Gluten is not my friend says

    OMG!!
    Never have been a huge coleslaw fan.. either too vinegary or too much Mayo..

    This is SO good!! I think the celery seeds are a key.. thank you for posting!!