Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Homemade Coleslaw




This Homemade Coleslaw recipe is creamy,  delicious and so simple to make. A definite crowd pleaser every summer!

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Years ago, while I was away at college, I was fortunate to land a job at a small Italian deli back home in NJ. Since Johnson & Wales in RI was on a trimester schedule, we only went to school Monday-Thursday; leaving a long three day weekend every week. I would come home on weekends and work at this deli where I learned how to make this  Homemade Coleslaw.

Homemade Coleslaw | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
The trick is to slice the cabbage super thin by either using a very sharp knife or a slicer. And…once again, you must use Hellmann’s® mayonnaise or it won’t taste the same. You also need to make this at least one day ahead of time so that the cabbage has time to absorb the dressing and become creamy. This recipe for Homemade Coleslaw is easy to make and is deliciously creamy every time.~Enjoy!

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Homemade Coleslaw
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This Homemade Coleslaw recipe is creamy,  delicious and so simple to make. A definite crowd pleaser every summer!
Course: Salad
Servings: 10
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1 Head White Cabbage, cored and rinsed
  • 1 c . Carrots, rinsed and peeled
  • 2 c . Hellman's Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp . Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp . Distilled White Vinegar
  • . Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Thinly slice the cabbage, put in a large bowl; then add the peeled carrots.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk until it becomes creamy.
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the cabbage and mix together until all of the cabbage is coated. For best results, refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

*Prep time only takes 20 minutes; however, in order for it to be extra creamy I recommend preparing this salad at least 24 hours in advance.

 This Homemade Coleslaw recipe is creamy,  delicious and so simple to make. A definite crowd pleaser every summer!

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  1. Mary Ann
    August 4, 2014 at 6:17 am - Reply


    Again, I use lemon juice instead of vinegar (not so bitey)

    Recipe just like Grandma Palladino’s

  2. Beverley
    August 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Oh yes it always has to be hellman’s and thank you for this yummy recipe xoxo

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    • Beverley Press
      January 29, 2017 at 4:01 am - Reply

      I still enjoy making and serving this coleslaw, today I’m taking it over to my friend’s house for lunch. Happy Sunday xoxo

  4. Barbara
    June 19, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

    This has been my go to coleslaw recipe for a couple of years now, so creamy and delicious!!!! Making to bring to a graduation party can’t wait to have some!!!!

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