By Emma Crist
May 24, 2016

No doubt, coleslaw has earned its indispensable reputation on the summer cookout menu. No [good] outdoor gathering comes together without a dish of this bright and snappy, veggie-packed chopped salad. Anyone who skips the slaw when piling up a plate has clearly been traumatized by the mayo-based cabbage soup that often makes it's way from the grocery's deli department to your family gathering. It's totally understandable, and most have been there at some point in their life. But once you see what a real slaw looks like... oh baby, there's no turning back.

And when it comes to slaws that slaughter, we've got the goods. Whether you're looking for a classic go-to recipe or a lighter version, a 5-minute recipe or one that keeps in the refrigerator for weeks, this round up of our most popular slaw recipes has got what you need.


#1. With over 3.5K shares on our site, this 5-star recipe may be the only coleslaw recipe you'll ever need (but don't worry, we'll still give you 6 more). Why do our users love it so much? One word: E-A-S-Y. The prep time is only 5 minutes. The genius of this recipe lies in dressing up packaged coleslaw mix with fresh flavors--like lime juice and tequila. Yeah, this one's a winner. Click here for the recipe.


Creamy Lime Slaw


#2. Slaw at 49 calories per serving... need I go on? Greek yogurt is used in place of mayo to cut back on calories and fat without sacrificing the rich creaminess that defines a classic coleslaw. Additional bonus points to yogurt for providing a delightful tang along with some extra protein. Serve alongside your barbecue main or use it to add bright crunch to tacos, burgers, and more. Find the recipe by clicking here.


Cranberry-Almond Coleslaw


#3. If you're a fan of a fruity-nutty situation, you're going to love this. Our user-favorite recipe for Cranberry-Almond Coleslaw has over 23.8K shares. In internet speak, that's a lot. Here's why: Smoked almonds and dried cranberries give this summertime favorite flavor depth that is addictive. One user, who was initially skeptical of the smoked nuts, said, "I tried a small bowl with the smoked, and we haven't looked back!"


Jalapeño Lime Slaw


#4. If you like it a little spice-ayyyy, here is your jam. Adding 4 jalapeños into the mix lends a festive kick to a typical slaw. We utilize a package of cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw here to cut down on prep time, but you'll want to chill it for at least an hour before serving to allow for full flavor-melding. Get the recipe here.



#5. We know what you're thinking: "What the hell is a jicama?" It's a root vegetable popular in Mexican cooking with a turnip-like texture and flavor similar to a very mild apple. Low in calories and high in fiber, jicama is also an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. This one-hour, 5-star-rated recipe swaps mayo for a zingy lime vinaigrette for a lighter, fresher flavor profile. Find the recipe by clicking here.


Freezer Coleslaw


#6. We can't talk about coleslaw without mentioning this top-rated recipe for Freezer Coleslaw from our sister brand Southern Living. This southern staple was über-popular in the 80's (it's vintage, y'all), and it's making a comeback. With a freezer life of up to one month, it's hard to beat the convenience factor. Just remember to thaw at room temperature at least 3 hours before serving. Unless you're into slaw-sicles...


Best Barbecue Coleslaw


#7. If you're hunting for a classic, the name says it all. This popular recipe is the OG for accompanying pulled pork, cornbread, and baked beans. One user raves, "This is probably the best coleslaw recipe I have tried, and I have tried lots! It has just the right amount of sweet and tart, and if you add some pineapple to it, it is that much better. I use this time after time and it is terrific!" So there you have it. Get the recipe here.