Easy red cabbage coleslaw recipe you can use as a side dish or on sliders! Simple vegetable dish with a tangy and sweet dressing you’ll love.
Red cabbage coleslaw is not just a side dish. Added inside your favorite sliders it adds some crunch and a ton more flavor. Give this easy side dish a whirl and let us know what you think! (affiliate links present)
I was not always a lover or simple cabbage recipes growing up. My grandmother cooked it in some way for every meal though, so I did try a few.
Fast forward to me turning 40 and I don’t know what happened, I love everything about it now!! I usually use green cabbage for everything but this color is so much prettier.
Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe
There is a lot you can add into this for flavor, or omit depending on your taste buds. When it comes to seasonings it is really up to you but I will always add what was used this time in the recipe card below.
- Head of red cabbage
- this is how to cut cabbage for cole slaw
- Green onion
- Bell pepper
- Dijon mustard – add amount listed, then taste and adjust as needed
- Apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar if you prefer
- Fresh lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Vanilla – just a touch is great but can omit
- Some like celery seeds with salt and pepper
Some like to add a bit of mayonnaise to create a creamy coleslaw version. Of course you’ll need a large bowl to toss it all together too. Tongs are helpful too.
How do you shred red cabbage for coleslaw?
It doesn’t matter whether it is red or green, you should slice the head in half when making easy cole slaw. Slice the cabbage in half again and remove the core. Put the flat side down and cut at a diagonal.
You could use a mandolin too once it’s cut into quarters if you’d rather.
Can you shred cabbage with a cheese grater?
You could if you wanted the pieces to be really really fine. I prefer to use this to just shred carrots to include inside.
To create the uber flavorful cole slaw dressing it is easiest to use a large mixing cup that has a spout like you see here already. Then you can just pour it on and toss well. Or use a large bowl to whisk together.
Purple Cabbage Coleslaw
It is called both things, I know…it is not really red. I am not sure where that popular term even came from but it is what it is.
We love this recipe so much I tell you, it’s so versatile depending on what I have on hand.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Rinse and dry cabbage, carrots and all veggies you’re using. Slice, shred, dice, or chop your cabbage any way you like. Some prefer it very fine while others like their pieces a bit larger.
Mix together all vegetables. In a bowl whisk together liquids to create the dressing.
Pour dressing on top and stir so each piece is nicely coated.
This tastes best if it’s refrigerated for at least 30 minutes before you serve it however you’d like.
How long do you let coleslaw sit?
The minimum for me is 30 minutes, I think 1-2 hours is ideal. Chilled while it is soaking in nicely is the ideal way to make it if you ask me.
Once it’s chilled nicely in an airtight container you’ll be ready to enjoy it. I wouldn’t leave it open in the fridge or it will dry out a bit.
What food goes with coleslaw?
Well if you love cabbage as much as we do I would make it in other ways other than just a side. You can make lots of main dishes with it too like Crockpot red cabbage soup.
- If we make air fryer hamburgers they can be topped with this as well.
- Served alongside of tilapia you’ll have a healthy meal for everyone.
- Meatloaf is something I make a few times a month and that is fantastic with this. Add a dollop of mayo to make it creamier.
I told you our favorite way is to put a big dollop of it on top of our Ninja Foodi pulled pork sliders. It brings some coolness and freshness to the meal for sure and makes them so pretty when served during a party.
How long will red slaw last in the fridge?
If stored properly in a well sealed container it will easily last up to 5 days. Keep in mind though, the longer it sits the less crispy each bite will be. For me I only like it a day after with leftovers warmed up, after that I’m done.
How do you know if coleslaw has gone bad?
Obviously if there is mold present, throw it out. If the colors have changed that is another bad sign. Smell it, is there a strange odor? Toss it if it tastes bad too. You can kinda tell though, it will get kinda’ sticky and wilted looking.
Can you mix coleslaw the night before?
You can. Just remember that sitting beyond a few hours will make it less crisp and crunchy but if you’re trying to meal prep for a large gathering this could be something prepared beforehand and covered.
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Red Cabbage Coleslaw
- Mix together all vegetables. In a bowl whisk together liquids to create the dressing.
- Pour dressing on top and stir so each piece is nicely coated.
- Best if refrigerated for at least 30 minutes before serving.