Are you looking to add some zing to your summer BBQ sides? Look no further! A mouthwatering coleslaw can be the star of your backyard bash, perfectly complementing your grilled favourites. Coleslaw adds a vibrant touch to your plate with its refreshing crunch and tangy flavours. Here are the 15 best coleslaw recipes that will have your guests coming back for seconds:

The Classical Ones

Easy Vinegar Coleslaw (no mayo) by Delicious Table

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This Easy Coleslaw Recipe offers a refreshing twist using a vinegar-based dressing instead of mayo. It accompanies pulled pork sandwiches perfectly and is a classic side dish for summer picnics and BBQ cookouts. Unlike traditional coleslaw recipes heavy on mayonnaise and sugar, this version is light, clean, and tangy. It provides a crisp, refreshing crunch that pairs well with grilled dishes and savoury BBQ. It’s a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional coleslaw that will be a hit at any gathering.

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary

The Classic American Coleslaw is a beloved side dish perfect for summer BBQs and cookouts. Indulge in a quick and effortless creamy coleslaw that rivals the luxurious versions found in high-end supermarkets. This homemade delight takes only 5 minutes to prepare and offers a generous amount of satisfying crunch.

Warm Bacon Coleslaw (no mayo) by Culinary Ginger

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This flavorful creation comes together in under 20 minutes, making it convenient for busy days. This dish is a guaranteed hit with its combination of shredded cabbage, carrots, and crispy bacon, all coated in a warm honey mustard dressing cooked in bacon drippings—the secret lies in the rich and savoury dressing, infusing every bite with a delightful flavour. Pre-shredded carrots from the grocery store allow quick whipping up this mouthwatering dish to streamline the process. Whether served alongside baked chicken breasts or juicy cuts of beef, this dish is sure to impress with its irresistible taste and easy preparation.

Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw by The View from the Great Island

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Buttermilk coleslaw is a Southern American version made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a creamy buttermilk dressing. The secret ingredient that sets it apart is horseradish, which gives it an extra kick without making it spicy. Homemade coleslaw is far superior to store-bought versions, and buttermilk adds to its appeal with its healthy, active cultures. It’s a refreshing and irresistible side dish for summer cookouts.

The Fruity Versions

Apple Coleslaw by The Forked Spoon

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A delightful Apple Coleslaw Recipe that combines crisp apples, shredded cabbage, green onions, and a refreshing dijon vinaigrette. This coleslaw is healthy and crunchy, and incredibly simple to prepare. You can enjoy this apple slaw throughout the year, pairing it effortlessly with your preferred lunch and dinner dishes.

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw by Little Nomads Recipes

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Cranberry Apple Coleslaw is a delightful twist on the classic coleslaw with a Christmas-inspired touch. It incorporates red cabbage, cranberry juice, apples, and a topping of almonds. This vibrant red slaw salad is visually appealing and incredibly easy to make. It’s a fantastic option for a festive side dish that the whole family will enjoy. The salad features traditional coleslaw ingredients and cranberry juice, almonds, and pomegranate arils, adding colour and flair that perfectly suits the holiday season.

Creamy Pineapple Hawaii Coleslaw Recipe by The Typical Mom

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The Hawaii coleslaw recipe is a delicious combination of sweet pineapple and crunchy cabbage. It captures the authentic flavours of Hawaii and is an easy side dish for brunch or barbecues. Whether you’ve had it on vacation or not, you can now make it at home and enjoy it with pulled pork or pineapple chicken. Give it a try!

International Variants

Malfouf Salad (Lebanese Cabbage Salad) by The Vegan Larder

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The Malfouf Salad is a Lebanese cabbage salad that is fresh and healthy and serves as a perfect side dish for Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. It combines shredded cabbage, fresh herbs like mint and parsley, scallions (green onions), lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and tahini. The salad is easy and quick to make, with a delicious dressing that can also be used on other salads.

GuaColeslaw (Avocado Dressing) by The FoodOlic recipes


Avocado coleslaw with cilantro and lime is a delicious twist on traditional coleslaw, combining the flavours of mayo slaw with Mexican guacamole. It’s a healthier and tastier version of coleslaw. This recipe is quick, easy to make using a food processor, and incredibly healthy. The green avocado coleslaw with lime and cilantro is an ideal side dish for any BBQ grilled food.

German Coleslaw Recipe by Masala Herb

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German coleslaw is a quick, easy, low-carb, vegan salad making a delicious side dish. It has a delightful aroma and is well-seasoned to enhance the fresh and crisp flavours of the slaw. This German version of coleslaw, Krautsalat, includes shredded cabbage and Caraway seeds. This type of slaw is popular in Germany and neighbouring countries like Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Crunchy Asian Salad with Sweet Chilli Dressing by Dished by Kate

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This crunchy Asian salad recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. It features a mix of crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs, and toasted sesame seeds tossed in a flavorful dressing. The dressing combines rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, chilli jam, and soy sauce for a perfect balance of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour flavours. The salad is versatile and can be enjoyed with various proteins or as a meal. It can be customized with different vegetables based on personal preference. Certainly, this salad will add a delightful Asian flair to your grilled dinner, bringing a new level of fun and excitement.

Healthy Mediterranean Slaw (no mayo) by Bite on the Side

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This Mediterranean-inspired coleslaw is a creamy and flavorful alternative to traditional coleslaw. It features Greek yogurt as a healthier option instead of mayonnaise. The slaw mix is enhanced with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese, and everything is tossed in a tangy seasoned dressing. It’s a simple and easy recipe that can be prepared quickly. Also, this slaw is a great choice for those looking for a lower-fat option without sacrificing taste. All will surely love the light and fresh flavours of this Mediterranean slaw.

Peruvian Inspired Coleslaw (No Mayo Dressing) by Sense and Edibility

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Peruvian-inspired coleslaw brings the exquisite flavours of the renowned green sauce to your outdoor dining experience. Unlike traditional aji verde sauces that rely on mayonnaise, this recipe offers a refrigeration-free alternative. Crisp red and green cabbages are beautifully coated with a mildly spicy green vinaigrette dressing using jalapeño peppers, resulting in a spiced-up side dish perfect for your upcoming BBQ or cookout.

Other Delicious-Looking Slaws

Apple Broccoli Slaw by The Devil Wears Salad

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This broccoli slaw recipe combines coleslaw and crunchy broccoli salad. Adding broccoli, apple, red cabbage, and carrots create a vibrant and addictive flavour. This recipe is convenient as it uses common kitchen ingredients and can be stored in the fridge for picnics and gatherings. Enjoy this delicious slaw with grilled meats, fish tacos, burgers, or hot dogs. Don’t forget that broccoli stalks are edible and can be used in snacks or stir-fries. So, please make the most of them by including them in this creamy coleslaw recipe.

Coleslaw with Tart Cherries, Blue Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts by An Edible Mosaic

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The dressing for this coleslaw is a creamy combination of mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard, creating a perfect balance of flavours. The salad is kept simple, but adding a few ingredients takes it to the next level. Dried cherries provide sweetness, walnuts add a nutty crunch, and blue cheese brings a creamy texture and umami flavour. The onion is essential, adding a savoury touch that completes the dish.

These coleslaw recipes will surely elevate your summer BBQ sides to new heights. Whether you prefer classic creamy flavours, a touch of sweetness, or a spicy kick, there’s a coleslaw recipe here for everyone. So, fire up that grill, gather your loved ones, and get ready to indulge in these sensational coleslaws that will make BBQ season unforgettable!

*A big thank you to all those talented food bloggers who shared their recipes!

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  1. Who would’ve thought coleslaw could be so creative!?! I can’t wait to eat my way through this amazing roundup of recipes!

  2. I never knew there was so many different types of coleslaws. They all look amazing and i want to try to make them

  3. You had me at Coleslaw. It seems so easy, but I either like it or I don’t. This post gives me several to try. TY – especially now that summer picnic & BBQ time is here.

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