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Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

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Making a homemade coleslaw recipe saves time and money! Try this quick and easy coleslaw recipe for your next picnic or cookout.

I used to think that making coleslaw from scratch was silly when I could just buy it readymade. Now I like to make my own so that it is a little healthier but also because it’s very simple and cheap to make!

If you like to save a little bit of money, know exactly what is in your recipes, and if you are on Weight Watchers this will be the perfect homemade coleslaw recipe for you!

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pin showing the homemade coleslaw ready to eat.

It’s a homemade coleslaw dressing recipe with the option to use prepackaged coleslaw veggies or shred your own! This post contains links to items we use and we will make a commission when you make a purchase. 

Is this a Weight Watchers coleslaw recipe? 

Absolutely. You can have anything on the Weight Watchers Freestyle program as long as you track it. This particular healthy coleslaw recipe is low in points for each 1/2 cup serving. It’s an excellent low point snack, side dish, and party food! 

Weight watchers points bubbles showing 1 point on purple and blue and 2 on green.

Is this an easy homemade coleslaw recipe? 

I think you will be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade coleslaw.  The prices of prepared salads, like coleslaw, are quite expensive at my local grocery store. Making my own coleslaw recipe at home saves time and money.

It takes almost no effort to make a big batch of this healthy coleslaw and after just an hour or so in the fridge it’s ready to eat! 

two bowls of finished coleslaw ready to serve.

Why should I make coleslaw homemade? 

Making your own coleslaw at home can save time, money and you have full control of all the ingredients in your recipe.

Another look at a bowl full of the finished recipe for coleslaw ready to serve.

Can I prep this easy coleslaw recipe in advance? 

You may need to do some planning in preparation for this coleslaw recipe because it really should chill for at least one hour before serving. You can also prepare it up to a day ahead of time and it will still taste and look great! 

coleslaw ready for the fridge.

How do I make this homemade coleslaw dressing? 

First, you will need to whisk all of the sauce or dressing ingredients together in a large bowl. This OXO balloon whisk just feels right in my hand. It’s used to whip up everything from sauces to eggs to pancakes.

Whisks and rubber spatulas are two kitchen tools I couldn’t live without.  After the dressing ingredients are well blended, you will add your prepackaged coleslaw mix. 

dressing being made for the homemade coleslaw.

Can I make my own coleslaw mix or do I have to use prepackaged? 

You can definitely shred your own vegetables for this coleslaw if you want! I can usually grab a bag or two of pre-packaged mix at my local grocery store so it saves me time and effort. If you have the time and the ingredients there’s no reason not to shred the veggies up yourself and make this an even more homemade version of my favorite homemade coleslaw. 

Coleslaw ready to be combined.

Once upon a time, I would have shredded my own cabbage and carrots. Nowadays I usually stick to the prepackaged coleslaw mix. It’s a bit more colorful with the purple cabbage, green cabbage and carrots all mixed together. Plus, there’s less clean-up time.

Finished recipe for coleslaw in a bowl ready to eat.

I’ll have to confess that I am a mess in the kitchen, and buying the bagged mix saves me so much time. Cleaning up my food processor takes up a lot of my time, so I prefer not to use it for shredding cabbage for this coleslaw recipe.

A top down look at a bowl full of the finished coleslaw ready to serve and eat.

When should I make this homemade coleslaw? 

Homemade coleslaw is perfect for picnics and family gatherings. Pick your favorite bowl, cover it up and place in an insulated carrier for easy transport and cold storage.

You should try and make it at least an hour in advance because it does need to sit in the refrigerator for a bit so everything can come together and the sauce will taste much better after a good chill! 

A bowl full of the finished coleslaw ready to eat.

Here are some kitchen essentials that I like to have on hand when making recipes like this for meal prep:

Making healthy meals is a breeze with these kitchen essentials. Keeping things like this on hand makes my life so much easier in the kitchen.

Some things that are great to have on hand when prepping meals like this is a cutting board, sharp knives, and storage containers.

You can also benefit from a good skillet, a kitchen scale, measuring cups, and this awesome strainer tool!

Finished look at the healthy homemade coleslaw ready to eat.

Looking for some more great side dish recipes? 

If you are looking for more side dish salads that will be the hit of your next party or picnic Broccoli Salad on the Light Side and Veggie Pasta Salad are two more of my absolute favorites! Both of these recipes could be enjoyed as a summer meal, too.

Weight Watchers Tropical Ham Salad is also a nice light and flavorful option. I enjoy making these baked beans for summer gatherings as well.  Another awesome and easy choice would be this recipe for German Carrot Salad.

Printable Homemade Coleslaw Recipe: 

Yield: 8 cups

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

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Making homemade coleslaw  saves time and money! Try this quick and easy coleslaw recipe for your next picnic or cookout. It's a homemade coleslaw dressing recipe with the option to use prepackaged coleslaw veggies or shred your own!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 5 TBSP light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain no-fat greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, regular milk is fine too.
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 packet Stevia (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 7 cups shredded cabbage and carrots, There is approx. 7 cups shredded coleslaw mix in a 16 oz bag of prepackaged coleslaw mix


  1. Whisk together sauce or dressing ingredients until well blended
  2. Stir in cabbage mixture until all is coated.
  3. Chill for at least one hour before serving.


2 Freestyle Smart Point Per Serving (1/2 Cup) on Green Plan

1 Freestyle Smart Point Per Serving (1/2 Cup) on Blue Plan

1 Freestyle Smart Point Per Serving (1/2 Cup) on Purple Plan

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 352Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 16mgSodium 735mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 10gSugar 26gProtein 12g

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Sunday 12th of December 2021

According to my Weight Watchers, Smart Point calculater, 1 cup of this slaw is 13 smart points!!!! So, I Don't know how you can honestly say, that it is 1 Freestyle Smart point?? The Calories, Fat, and Sugar alone; in 1/2 cup, should tell anyone, It's more than 1...

Very misleading!!!

Michele Brosius

Sunday 19th of December 2021

I don't agree with that calculation. The only thing with points in the recipe is mayo and milk.


Sunday 10th of January 2021

Needs a tbl of horseradish to give it some bite

ruby justus

Thursday 16th of July 2020


Michele Brosius

Friday 17th of July 2020

Great ideas. Thanks

Maureen Kearns

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Sugar in Cole Slaw? Yuck!

Michele Brosius

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

Creamy coleslaw has sugar. Pepeprslaw, too. Interested to hear how you make it? Thanks

virginia bartlett

Sunday 1st of December 2019

Hard to believe this is 350 calories per half cup serving. Please confirm


Sunday 31st of May 2020

I agree that the nutritional info. indicates that this salad would be 13 points on the Blue Plan for 1 cup of coleslaw. This does not make sense with the statement that it's 1 point for 1/2 cup. What gives?

This recipe or post is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers or myWW Program.

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