This coleslaw is perfect for a quick and easy side dish that’s ready in 15 minutes.

Simple Coleslaw in bowl

For how simple it is to make, this coleslaw sure does taste good.

It’s made with a relatively small amount of ingredients and is ready to serve in 15 minutes.

It’s best when this coleslaw is made just before serving while the vegetables are crisp.

About this Recipe

This coleslaw can be served as a side dish or inside a sandwich, and also makes a great snack.

There are 4 types of vegetables in this slaw, purple (red) cabbage, green cabbage, carrots and green onion.

And the dressing is made with only 3 ingredients plus salt and pepper.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Coleslaw salad ingredients

Vegetables – Shredded green cabbage, shredded purple cabbage (“red” cabbage), carrots and green onions

Dressing – Mayonnaise, sugar, rice vinegar, salt and pepper


A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Sliced cabbage on cutting board

Thinly slice the green cabbage in about 2- to 3-inch-long pieces.

Add sliced green cabbage to bowl

Then add it to a large bowl.

Sliced cabbage on cutting board

Next, thinly slice the purple cabbage in the same size pieces…

Add sliced red cabbage in bowl

…and add it to the bowl.

Add chopped onions in bowl

Chop the green onions,

Coleslaw vegetables in bowl

and the carrots, and them to the bowl.

Add mayonnaise to bowl

Add the mayonnaise,

Add sugar to coleslaw in bowl


Add salt and pepper to bowl

salt, pepper,

Add rice vinegar in bowl

and rice vinegar to the bowl.

Stir coleslaw in bowl

Stir together all ingredients until completely combined.

Mix coleslaw in bowl

Give the coleslaw a quick taste to see if you prefer more salt or a bit more sugar.

Simple Coleslaw in bowl

Chill in the refrigerator and stir before serving.

This coleslaw is best when served within 2 hours of making it.

Simple Coleslaw in bowl

Serve as a side dish or add to a sandwich instead of lettuce.

Simple Coleslaw in bowl

It also makes a wonderful snack.

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Simple Coleslaw in Bowl

Simple Homemade Coleslaw

A delicious and simple homemade coleslaw ready in just 15 minutes.
5 from 1 vote


  • 4 cups shredded (or thinly cut) green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded (or thinly cut) purple (red) cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 4 dashes ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl add the green and purple cabbage, carrots, green onions, rice vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper.
    Stir together all ingredients until completely combined. 
  • Give the coleslaw a quick taste to see if you prefer more salt or a bit more sugar. 
  • Serve chilled as a side dish, snack or add to a sandwich instead of lettuce. 
    This coleslaw is best when served within 2 hours of making it.

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