This coleslaw recipe is the best. Finely chopped veggies give it a delightful texture while a simple sweet and slightly tart creamy dressing finishes it off perfectly.

I fully recognize it isn’t necessarily coleslaw season since it seems to be more appropriate for grilling/BBQ weather.

What with our grill covered in two feet of snow and everything, you might wonder why a coleslaw recipe is coming straight out of left field today.

A white dish full of coleslaw.

I can explain. Brian, my dear, sweet husband, hates coleslaw. Well, cabbage, really, which directly implicates coleslaw. He detests the stuff and has never, ever requested that I buy, make or eat cabbage in our 10 1/2 years of marriage.

When he left town a few weeks ago, I happened to receive an email from a friend I made through blogging, Rachel R., with a coleslaw recipe she says is utterly awesome. Cabbage hating husband out of town? Lots of coleslaw calling my name, baby.

And truly, this coleslaw is the best of the best. I’ve tried several coleslaw recipes over the years because unlike Brian, I adore the crunchy, flavorful salad.

This version has clearly cemented a place in my go-to-coleslaw files. The addition of several finely chopped vegetables gives it a delightful texture and helps round out the flavors while a simple sweet and slightly tart creamy dressing finishes it off perfectly.

Even though for many of us true summer grilling and coleslaw season is far, far off, if you haven’t enjoyed coleslaw with a BBQ pulled pork sandwich (a meal fit for any time of the year), you are really missing out. It is a divine combination. (Brian is ferociously shaking his head in disagreement but honestly, if it were between me and him, who would you trust in matters of food philosophy and taste? Correct answers only or else you are fired.)

Top view of a white dish full of coleslaw.

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My Favorite Coleslaw Recipe

4.67 stars (39 ratings)


  • ½ bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ½ large carrot, chopped (or 3-4 baby carrots)
  • cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ head cabbage
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • Using a food processor, gently process the bell pepper, onion, carrot, and parsley, being careful not to over process. The mixture should be in small pieces but not mushy.
  • Cut 1/2 of the cabbage into chunks and place in the food processor and process lightly, again making sure the mixture doesn’t become mushy – it should be in small, fine pieces.
  • Slice the remaining cabbage into thin strands.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and the processed vegetables.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, seasoning salt, black pepper, sugar, lemon-pepper and vinegar together and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables, folding until the cabbage and vegetables are evenly coated. Chill for 1 hour. The coleslaw is best served within 1-3 hours as the leftovers tend to get watery and the flavors lessen after a long stay in the refrigerator.


Peppers: I used a combination of green and red bell peppers (about 1/4 of each pepper). I loved the sweetness of the red pepper and liked the combination of both but you can use whatever you prefer or have on hand.
Chop Finely: if you don’t have a food processor, chop the bell pepper(s), green onion, carrot, parsley and 1/2 of the cabbage very, very finely and combine with the rest of the thinly sliced cabbage.
Serving: 1 Serving, Calories: 86kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 352mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Paula Deen