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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
resting time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, coleslaw from a bag
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5


  • bowl
  • spatula
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • refrigerator


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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!
  • 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.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg