48 Homemade Slaws For Your Next Summer Cookout
Coleslaw is the salad of choice at most barbecue joints and cookouts, and is so much more than shredded cabbage. In fact, coleslaw doesn't have to be made from cabbage at all. Shredded or shaved Brussels sprouts, broccoli, jicama, collards (and more) can all make for the perfect veggie base for your next slaw. Plus, the dressing is super easy to customize as well. From creamy slaw dressings to tangier vinegar-based ones with a little bite, there's a slaw dressing for every taste. Browse our collection of favorite homemade slaws to find a dish that's just right for you.
Cashew, Coconut, and Cabbage Slaw
Colorful Collard Slaw
Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw
Napa Cabbage-and-Sweet Pepper Slaw
Kale-and-Blueberry Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing
We like fresh tarragon in this creamy, zippy dressing, but other herbs work just as well.
Bacon and Brussels Sprout Slaw
Pickled Onion Slaw
Creamy Carrot-and-Broccoli Slaw
Prepared slaw mix has gone beyond traditional cabbage to include shaved broccoli and even Brussels sprouts as the base, making it a great quick side for busy weeknights. Broccoli slaw is as endlessly adaptable as any package of mixed greens: Try a creamy yogurt dressing, or opt for a vinaigrette, like sesame-ginger, warm bacon-and-shallot, or curry-and-cumin.
Creamy Black Pepper Coleslaw
Cutting the cabbage coarsely gives the dish a different look from shredded-cabbage slaws. A full teaspoon of black pepper lends pleasant warm heat without overpowering. Make the dish up to a day ahead if you like--the veggies will stay crisp and the flavors will meld as the slaw chills.
Purple Cabbage Slaw
A little chipotle pepper in the dressing lends smoky heat to the dish. A touch of sugar and tangy lime juice balance the pleasant bitterness of radicchio. You can make this slaw up to a day ahead. The radicchio will soften a little as it chills, but the broccoli and cabbage stay crunchy.
Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans
Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts are the perfect base to this lemony dressing. Top with apples, cheese, and pecans for a creamy, yet crunchy contrast.
Collards bring a new bite to your classic slaw. Plus, celery seed and sesame seed add a new nuttiness you might not expect.
Brussels Sprout-and-Leek Slaw with Bacon and Pecans
A sprinkle of bacon, toasted pecans, and a sweet sauce makes for a delectable savory side dish.
Creamy Lime Slaw
Celery Root Slaw
Santa Fe Slaw
Cabbage and Apple Slaw
Crunchy Buttermilk Coleslaw
Crunchy Broccoli Slaw
New-Fashioned Apple and Raisin Slaw
Sichuan Strawberry Slaw
Poppyseed Fruited Slaw
Sweet and Sour Slaw
Thai Cabbage Slaw
Crisp Chickpea Slaw
Like a cross between a vinegar-based coleslaw and chowchow, Permanent Slaw is tender and tangy. This easy salad is designed to be prepared in advance. Made with finely shredded angel hair cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, sweet onions, and a sweet and sour apple cider vinegar dressing, the longer this side dish sits, the more flavorful it becomes (hence the name). Serve the dish on its own at a cookout (it's delicious with grilled chicken or pork) or use it to top pulled pork or chicken sandwiches.
Baby Bok Choy Slaw
Grilled Wedge-Salad Slaw
Quick Pickled Slaw
This light, healthy slaw recipe is mildly acidic and full of flavor. The veggies will soften slightly but retain their crunch that will add texture to any meal. This bright slaw is the ideal summer side to pair with kebabs, pulled pork, fried catfish, or any classic warm-weather main dishes. If you've never pickled anything, this easy quick pickle is a great place to start. Our Test Kitchen professionals recommend serving this salad the day you prepare it for ultimate freshness. This healthy side is a no-guilt dish you can make all summer long, and every cookout guest will rave over it.