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Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

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Making this homemade coleslaw recipe is easier than you think. Once you try this simple and delicious recipe you will skip the storebought version as often as possible. Coleslaw is definitely a great cold side dish to serve with any of our Weight Watchers Recipes.

You will start with a homemade coleslaw dressing recipe with the option to use prepackaged coleslaw veggies or shred your own!

The best part of this coleslaw recipe is you control the ingredients. You can lighten up the ingredients to make it WW friendly and lower in fat and calories than the grocery store containers. Not only is it healthier but it’s also easier and cheaper to make at home!

pin showing the homemade coleslaw ready to eat.

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Is this a Weight Watchers coleslaw recipe? 

Absolutely. This is definitely a low calorie coleslaw recipe so it will be naturally WW friendly. With the lightened up ingredients it should be low in points no matter what plan you follow.

Which WW Program are these points for?

2023, we have just plain old “POINTS.”

  • Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
  • Always add ingredients and serving sizes and don’t rely on the nutrition facts in the recipe.
  • Accuracy will come from the information you input on the app.

Is this a quick coleslaw recipe? 

It certainly is. You will be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade coleslaw. 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! 

The prices of prepared salads, like coleslaw, are quite expensive at the grocery store and they always lack flavor. This fresh coleslaw recipe will quickly become a new family favorite.

two bowls of finished coleslaw ready to serve.

Why should I make coleslaw homemade? 

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

You will want to prepare a homemade coleslaw for your next picnic or pair it as a side dish to any meal. It is perfect with pulled pork or BBQ chicken.

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 to make coleslaw from scratch

Once upon a time, I would have dug out the food processor and shredded the 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.

For the base you will need:
shredded carrots (you can buy them already shredded in the produce section)
Coleslaw mix. There is approx. 7 to 8 cups shredded vegetables in a 16 oz. pre-packaged coleslaw mix.

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

You can definitely shred your own vegetables for this coleslaw if you want! If you have the time and the ingredients there’s no reason not to shred the veggies up yourself and make a true made from scratch recipe for homemade coleslaw.  

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 ready to be combined.

How do I make this homemade coleslaw dressing? 

Start with

light mayonnaise
plain no-fat greek yogurt
low-fat buttermilk or regular low-fat milk is fine too.
white vinegar

If you are not a fan of mayo, you will want to try this no mayo coleslaw recipe.

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.

When should I make this homemade coleslaw? 

You should try to make your coleslaw recipe 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! 

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.

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:

Making tasty treats 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 recipes are a cutting board, sharp knives, and storage containers.

You can also benefit from measuring cups, and mixing bowls!!

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 Cantaloupe Salad.

Printable Homemade Coleslaw Recipe: 

Featured image showing the healthy homemade coleslaw ready to eat.

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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!


  • 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.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size cup
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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