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How to Make Coleslaw From a Bag

Tangy, Crisp, Refreshing, Creamy, Crunchy, Sweet and a PERFECT SOUTHERN SIDE DISH! No overwhelming mayonnaise or sickening sweet goop! Just a fool proof recipe for homemade shredded coleslaw in how to make coleslaw from a bag. 

white bowl of coleslaw with tomato and lettuce in background

Why This Recipe Works

  • Uses bagged slaw mix so there’s no digging out the food processor or slaving over the shredder. 
  • No guessing about which vegetables go in coleslaw (it’s already in there).
  • The DRESSING makes the coleslaw and that part is homemade coleslaw dressing, so there’s no guessing!

Here’s How To Make Coleslaw From a Bag

STEP 1. 

Pour the slaw mix into the bowl. (shredded cabbage).

bag of colesalw mix being added to silver bowl

STEP 2. 

Mix in the coleslaw dressing ingredients. This will make it taste like homemade coleslaw!

mixing up how to make coleslaw from a bag in silver bowl

STEP 3. 

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

closeup from the side of a black bowl with with interior full of slaw

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s). 

What is Coleslaw Mix Made From? 

Cole slaw mix comes in several varieties (some even comes with the dressing in a separate bag inside the slaw bag), however, generally it is made from cabbage and other veggies.

You will want to use the coleslaw mix that is just cabbage and carrots for this recipe. 

How Many Ounces Are In a Bag of Coleslaw? 

This varies depending on what your grocery carries, however, you will want to use the 16 oz bag of coleslaw mix for this recipe.

How Do You Make Cabbage Coleslaw? 

Cabbage coleslaw is made my mixing shredded cabbage, carrots and occasionally other vegetables with a dressing. 

How Bad is Coleslaw For You? 

Depending on the dressing, coleslaw isn’t bad for you at all. It is mostly made of cabbage and carrots, which are terrific sources of all kinds of great nutrients and fiber! Just a little saturated fat. 

How Long Should Coleslaw Sit Before Serving? 

I recommend that this coleslaw recipe rest for at least 2 hours for the flavors to meld before serving. It is even better if you allow it to sit overnight. 

What Goes With Coleslaw?

  • Coleslaw is the quintessential side dish for…..
  • Hamburgers,
  • Hot dogs,
  • Sloppy Joes and
  • nearly anything cooked on the grill in the summer! 
  • We love ours with ribs and
  • chicken too. 
  • Coleslaw is a favorite with barbecue as well! (What doesn’t it go with would be a better question!)

white bowl of coleslaw with tomato and lettuce in background

Tips and Tricks for making PERFECT Coleslaw

  • When using a mix (or even when grating your own cabbage, you’ll be tempted to add more mayonnaise because initially it looks VERY dry.
  • Don’t be tempted to add more than the recipe calls for because as the coleslaw sits, the sugar and the salt draw water out of the cabbage and it becomes much more runny which isn’t the best quality in a coleslaw. 
  • Allow the coleslaw to meld for at least 2 hours for the flavors, overnight is even better. 
  • This coleslaw does have a slightly yellow color to it, that isn’t a fault, that is the way it should be. 
  • If you are thinking, “I don’t like xxxx ingredients”, please just give it a try because wowee, it tastes good together! 
  • People might ask, “Don’t you use celery seed?”  My answer is, “Nope, I don’t”.
  • Here’s more information than you ever wanted to know about coleslaw from science direct.

You Might Also Enjoy These Other Cabbage Recipes from Loaves and Dishes

Easy Southern Red Barbecue Slaw

Southern Fried Cabbage

Southern Cooked Cabbage

Classic Cabbage Rolls

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How to Make Coleslaw From a Bag

Tangy, Crisp, Refreshing, Creamy, Crunchy, Sweet and a PERFECT SOUTHERN SIDE DISH! No overwhelming mayonnaise or sickening sweet goop! Just a fool proof recipe for homemade shredded coleslaw in how to make coleslaw from a bag.
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, coleslaw from a bag
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 16 oz shredded cabbage and carrots
  • ¾ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well with a spatula. Place in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld for at least 2 hours.

Notes

  • When using a mix (or even when grating your own cabbage, you’ll be tempted to add more mayonnaise because initially it looks VERY dry.
  • Don’t be tempted to add more than the recipe calls for because as the coleslaw sits, the sugar and the salt draw water out of the cabbage and it becomes much more runny which isn’t the best quality in a coleslaw.
  • Allow the coleslaw to sit for at least 2 hours for the flavors to meld, overnight is even better.
  • This coleslaw does have a slightly yellow color to it, that isn’t a fault, that is the way it should be.
  • If you are thinking, “I don’t like xxxx ingredients”, please just give it a try because wowee, it tastes good together!
Substitutions:
  • Substitute the bagged coleslaw for an equivalent amount of cabbage and carrots (generally 1 head of cabbage and 3 large carrots). Grate of process in food process until they are very small pieces.
  • Raw sugar for the white sugar - equal amounts.
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper for hot sauce.
  • ½ tsp table salt for Kosher salt.
  • ½ white onion, grated fine for the onion powder.
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated on a zester for garlic powder.
  • Lemon Juice for Cider Vinegar.
  • Broccoli Slaw for Cabbage slaw.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Coleslaw From a Bag
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

I saw a super sassy and funny meme this week about blocking others on social media. I won’t share it here because it used some offensive language, but the sentiment did make me chuckle.

How many of us have folks in our lives who brush us the wrong way? I know I do. 

I think we should always remember that the Lord is on our side (He might be on the side of your enemy too, but that is between them). It may help to consider verse 5 from Psalm 23. Either way, Thank God because my cup overflows. 

Psalms 23:5

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

 

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