The Easiest Healthy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe!

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!

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 only 1 Freestyle Smart Point for each 1/2 cup serving. It’s an excellent low point snack, side dish, and party food!  Try this easy homemade coleslaw recipe. It's a great side dish for just about any meal. Easy to make and low-cost too! #recipes #sidedishes #coleslaw

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! 

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.

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 recipe 3

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 you dressing ingredients are well blended, you will add your prepackaged coleslaw mix. 

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-packed 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.  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. 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. coleslaw recipe 6

Printable Homemade Coleslaw Recipe: 

Yield: 12 1/2 cup

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

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
  • 1/4 cup plain no fat greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk, regular milk is fine too.
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey, to taste.
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage and carrots, There is approx. 6 cups shredded colesaw 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.


1 Freestyle Smart Point Per Serving (1/2 Cup)

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 352 Saturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 16mg Sodium 735mg Carbohydrates 41g Fiber 10g Sugar 26g Protein 12g
As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.
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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 the sauce will taste much better after a good chill!  Cake 'N Carry - Hydrangea - Round Thermal Insulated Pie or Cake Carrier Holds Up To a 12 Inch DishCake ‘N Carry – Hydrangea – Round Thermal Insulated Pie or Cake Carrier Holds Up To a 12 Inch Dish coleslaw recipe 2

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.  This homemade coleslaw recipe contains sales links to products I recommend. If you purchase through my links I may earn a commission on the sale.
Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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  • Reply
    November 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    This looks wonderful! How many ounces is 10 cups of shredded cabbage and carrots? I would like to just use a bag of coleslaw (16 oz).

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      Michele Brosius
      November 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I usually shred my own cabbage and carrots. 10 cups is 1/2 of a Large head of cabbage and 6 carrots.

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        Sondra Heeter
        April 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

        I’m confused because the recipe calls for 6 cups of coleslaw mix and you indicated a 16 oz bag was about 3 cups. So I cut the dressing ingredients in half to use one 16 oz bag. However, when I went to add the coleslaw mix, the bag said it contained five 1-1/2 cup servings. Did you mean to reference an 8 oz bag?

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          Michele Brosius
          April 5, 2019 at 10:11 am

          I just bought a 32oz bag at Sam’s Club. It says there are 11 servings of 3 oz each. They are measuring by weight, not volume. The 32 oz bag yielded 12 cups for me. So a 16 oz should have approx. 6 cups. Thanks.

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      Maria Lauer
      July 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      There only 2 people in my home. Myself and my husband the Marine I am not very good at ounces and cups and measurements. But I have usually followed some of your recipes and they are amazing I’d have to say how would I make this coleslaw recipe of six to eight cups when all we need is one? I need your help please

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    February 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I hope you don’t mind. Just a suggestion for variation. Take the milk, sugar and vinegar out. Replace with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup Italian Dressing (Zesty if you like it Zesty!) and 1 TBS dijon or yellow mustard. It is amazing! My young children will even eat this recipe.

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    May 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I could eat coleslaw with every meal, it feels like! This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Link Party!

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    May 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

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    May 17, 2016 at 8:48 am

    What a great recipe for a summer picnic! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

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    May 19, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Yummy, looks good and delicious. thanks for sharing

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    Traditional coleslaw is by far my favorite and always will be. I’m pretty picky about it too and when we eat out, I rarely get what I’m looking for. Thanks for linking up with delicious dishes recipe party!

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    August 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Only thing missing is the Celery Seed.. It MUST have celery seed.. That’s how my grandmother made it! 🙂

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    October 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    How many servings or cups of slaw does this recipe make?

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    December 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love coleslaw and this sounds pretty simple to make. Thank you for sharing on Busy Monday Link Party.

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    March 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!

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    March 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Looks good! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    April 2, 2017 at 9:28 am

    That looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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    May 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I can’t wait make this (and I’m still looking for one more easy summer salad, maybe 3 bean or something)! I’m doing it for a potluck… do you think I should double it for a large group of people? Thank you!

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      Michele Brosius
      May 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you! I feel like coleslaw is something people eat just a bit of at potlucks. I don’t think you will need much more than this. You won’t have to worry about bringing anything back home again.

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    July 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Is it ok to use almond milk?

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    August 26, 2018 at 1:05 am

    The ingredients and the instructions don’t match up. What happens to the yogurt and mustard?

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      Michele Brosius
      August 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about that. You blend all the ingredients to make the dressing and toss it on the cabbage mix. I’ll fix up the recipe. Have a good night.

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    January 25, 2019 at 5:26 am

    This looks so yummy. I have to make this! I miss coleslaw so much, but I won’t waste my points on all that full fat mayo in classic coleslaw!!!

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      Michele Brosius
      January 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy this lower point recipe.

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