I really wasn’t sure about blogging this as perhaps everyone knows how to make coleslaw. So maybe this post is more about reminding you how easy and cheap it is to make and far tastier than the stuff you can buy in the supermarket. There seem to be two types available, the one where the cabbage and carrot are cut into tiny pieces in a vinegary mayonnaise or the luxury type which is more natural but swimming in mayonnaise. Did you know that raw white cabbage is a very good source of vitamin C and contains as much as lemon juice?

My daughter loves this coleslaw so much that she would happily just have coleslaw sandwiches in her lunch box! I tend to make up about half a small white cabbage worth of coleslaw with a carrot and a medium red onion at a time as it is best eaten within 2 days.

I reckon for about 60p you can make a medium sized serving bowl of coleslaw which if you bought in the shops would cost you a few pounds as this is luxury style, not cheap and nasty! (The picture above is just half of the coleslaw that I made using 1/3 of a medium cabbage). I am entering this dish into Credit Crunch Munch which is a joint venture with Helen at Fuss Free Flavours who is hosting this month.


This is so easy, you need never buy coleslaw!

Just put all the shredded vegetables into a bowl and gradually mix in mayonnaise to coat.Enjoy in your favourite sandwich or wrap – I love turkey and ham (home cooked of course)!

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A blend of cabbage, carrots, grated red onion and mayonnaise – delicious with a plate of cold meats/cheese or in a sandwich or wrap!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: English
Serves: 8
  • 4 parts White cabbage, chopped & finely sliced
  • 1 part Carrot, grated
  • Β½ part Red onion, grated
  • Enough mayonnaise to coat
  1. Simply mix all the ingredients together adding the mayonnaise a little at a time until all the vegetables are just coated.


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  1. Lisa Williams

    love this idea I am a big coleslaw fan so will def be trying to make my own – thanks

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa, been making this for so many years, beats any shop bought stuff:-

  2. Martina Evans

    It’s true, homemade coleslaw is the best! Tastes so much better than the ones in the shop. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Marion Weir

    Easy to make, cheaper and tastier than supermarket varieties πŸ˜€

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Marion, I never buy shop bought coleslaw as it just tastes horrible by comparison!

  4. Paul Wilson

    Can’t beat a good Cole Slaw in the summer.

  5. tiggerific1973

    I have never made my own before! Maybe its about time I did πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Oh you must, it’s soo good:-)

  6. Heather Haigh

    I love coleslaw and I find it much easier to find dairy free mayo and make it than to find dairy free coleslaw.

  7. Kirsty Fox

    I love coleslaw but have never attempted to make it myself

    1. Camilla

      Oh Kirsty, you have to make your own it’s so good and far better than anything you can buy:-)

  8. Kaci Soderstrom

    Never really thought about making my own coleslaw before. I wonder if it works out cheaper to make your own! Great recipe though.

    1. Camilla

      Oh far, far cheaper:-)

  9. Jo Bateman

    I have just found your web site while looking for a demonstration of a Tefal Actifry. Must say your demo of frying chips is the nearest I have got. It has now given me the confidence to have a go. Sadly I have been left behind by technology as I am well over seventy years of age so anything that will give me a bit of an edge is helpful. I am now looking at the rest of your site to see what else I can pick up. Just looking at coleslaw which I really enjoy. Keep up the good work!

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much for your lovely feedback:-) I have lots of yummy recipes and I try to make them all as simple as possible so I’m sure you’ll find some useful recipes:-)

  10. Ursula Hunt

    Very Tasty

    1. Camilla

      It really is and so much better than shop bought:-)

  11. Paul Wilson

    Love a nice bit of cole slaw on my sandwiches.

  12. Heather Haigh

    I like to make mine with red cabbage, which makes a pretty pink coleslaw.

    1. Camilla

      Good idea:-)

  13. William Gould

    ASDA’s creamy is the best shop bought one I’ve had, but still not as nice as your own!

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Homemade coleslaw is always better than bought, so much tastier

    1. Camilla


  15. bev

    Looks very nice and appealing.

  16. HELEN

    I always make homemade coleslaw too – it’s more of a salad than a condiment when it’s homemade – the bought stuff is really just a lumpy mayo!
    I like to add a touch of coriander in mine & some greek yoghurt too – and a few chilli flakes, although the kids moan about that!

  17. glenn hutton

    I adore coleslaw and thought about making it one day, so this is ideal for me. I will let you know what I think of it…

    1. Camilla

      It’s so much better and cheaper than the shop bought stuff:-)

  18. Carolyn Clapham

    That’s exactly how I make mine, too πŸ™‚

    Healthy, tasty, easy and goes with so many things.
    My mum adds lemon juice to hers, which is also nice, but I prefer it without, like your version.

    1. Camilla

      Have been making a lot of this lately, think daughter could live off it LOL:-)

  19. lindsey stuart

    Not only does this look lovely!!! but it also sounds Healthy πŸ˜‰ Thankyou for sharing! πŸ˜€

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! I’ve just bought a white cabbage to make some more:-)

  20. Maya Russell

    I never thought white cabbage was as good for you as green, but it is, so I’ll be eating more coleslaw this year.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh yes packed with vitamin C:-)

  21. Lisa Williams

    delicious what more can I say I love coleslaw and would love to make more of my own πŸ™‚

  22. Tracy Nixon

    Thanks – might try making my own for a change!

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, it’s so much nicer:-)

  23. Heather Haigh

    This is lovely, much nicer than bought coleslaw and much cheaper.

  24. Maya Russell

    I can eat coleslaw as a main meal. Love it.

  25. tinkertink2010

    I love coleslaw – its so easy to do and tastes so much better than shop bought!

  26. Natasha Corder

    I have just tried your coleslaw recipe and it is absolutely fab! It was so easy and tasty, I think it’s going to be my new favourite thing! Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much. I wasn’t sure whether to post this at the time so I’m glad I did now:-)

  27. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    I think the last time I made coleslaw was in a Home Economics lesson in first year at Secondary school. I do enjoy the taste but it is something I rarely buy or make as hubby is not a great lover of the stuff. Nice info about the quantity of Vit. C in cabbage….who knew? Your wraps look delicious!

    1. Camilla

      These hubbies, I can’t make anything with mixed fruit or berries! In fact the whole family has different tastes which can sometimes be very frustrating. But the good thing with coleslaw is that you can easily just make small amount up for yourself and maybe Cooper would like it too:-) Thank for stopping by Jacs. x

  28. Janice

    I love homemade coleslaw, probably don’t make it nearly enough.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, it’s so easy especially if you shred more than you need and then add the mayonnaise when you want some more:-)

  29. Karen

    A great recipe and I DO love a drop of coleslaw in my sarnies as well as on my jacket spud! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Karen, things don’t necessarily need to be complicated to taste good:-)

  30. Jen @ BlueKitchenBakes

    I do love coleslaw but have only made it a few times, have to say that it does taste better when I make the effort to make it myself. I quite like adding some finely sliced granny smith apple as well some times to make it a bit more interesting.

    1. Camilla

      I seem to make coleslaw all summer long but thought I’d have a change and make it during the winter!

  31. Fuss Free Helen

    My top frugal tip for prepping up some coleslaw is to add a spoonful of juice from a jar of gherkins! It adds another layer of flavour, all for free!

    1. Camilla

      Mmm, I’ll take your word for that, but I’m not a fan of viniager in coleslaw, I like it plain and simple (bit like me:-)

  32. Sophie

    I love coleslaw – I haven’t thought about it for ages as the shop-bought stuff isn’t good. Thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      We sometimes need a little jog, thank you for popping by Sophie. Love to the bunnies:-)

  33. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    I agree those dinky white cabbages are perfect for homemade coleslaw! I tend to make my own red coleslaw at home and rarely buy it anymore. You can be more versatile at home!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly you can go off piste adding apple, raisins, curry powder, sky’s the limit:-)

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