Simple Cole Slaw

Only 3 ingredients make this Simple Cole Slaw as delicious as it is easy to make! This easy side dish is on the “must have” list when serving BBQ around our house. It also makes a wonderful last minute make and take for parties or cookouts.

Simple Cole Slaw in a bow with tacos in background

Cole slaw typically makes people think of summertime, but I am here to tell you that you can make and enjoy this delicious side dish any time of year! Whenever we are serving BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos we make sure to have the ingredients on hand to make this tasty topping. An added bonus to this easy recipe- the Marzetti Simply Dressed dressing is a healthier option that contains no preservatives, non GMO oil and natural ingredients! A total win!

Why is cole slaw called cole slaw?

This name came from the Dutch Term “koolsla” which means cabbage salad. The side dish that we all know and love has not been around too terribly long because mayonnaise wasn’t invented until the 18th century!

Is cole slaw dairy free?

Yes!  This dish is probably one of the most confusing when looking for dairy free foods! You should always double check ingredients if you have an allergies. Typically, mayonnaise is the base for cole slaw recipes, which is a naturally dairy free food since it is made from eggs and oil! 

Can I save my leftover slaw?

Here are our thoughts on that… anytime a dish is made with mayo, if it has been left out for more that 3 hours, unfortunately you need to throw it out. The risk of bacteria growing is just too high and it is not worth it!  If it was chilled the entire time, it will be fine to put in the refrigerator and safe to eat for 3-5 days. The slaw dressing tends to break down the cabbage after a while, so we try to eat any leftovers within the first 48 hours (which isn’t hard to do around our house!)

Ingredients for Simple Cole Slaw

Ingredients for our Simple Cole Slaw

How to make our Simple Cole Slaw

First, pour the entire bag of pre-shredded cabbage into a large bowl.

Cabbage in a glass bowl

Next, pour the pepper and the dressing on top of cabbage. Stir completely.

Pouring cole slaw dressing over peppered cabbage

The dressing takes some time soak into the slaw. Be sure not to use too much dressing! Allow the combined ingredients to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before adding any additional dressing. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Simple Cole Slaw in a glass bowl
Simple Cole Slaw on a table with BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos

What is not to love about this easy to make, 3 ingredient, all natural side dish? It is the perfect addition to tacos and BBQ Sandwiches. We think you will agree that cole slaw is no longer just a summertime dish!

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Yield: Serves 4-6

Simple Cole Slaw

Simple Cole Slaw
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3lb bag of pre-shredded cabbage - we like Tri-Color Cole Slaw
  • 6oz. Marzetti Simply Dressed Coleslaw Dressing
  • 1 TBS ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow dressing to soften cabbage.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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