Simple Coleslaw

Simple Coleslaw

This simple coleslaw recipe was created as part of my five dollar grocery challenge. Coleslaw is one of my favorite salads because it can be made ahead of time. Unlike a lettuce salad which gets soggy and brown, coleslaw gets better if it sits in the fridge in it’s dressing.

This is a simple and pared down version of my usual coleslaw, and it’s a great way to stretch your grocery dollars because cabbage is generally a very frugal food, and since it has a longer shelf life than lettuce, it’s a good grocery choice. (If your food goes bad and ends up in the trash before you eat it, you’re wasting money.)

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Simple Coleslaw

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • salt
  • sugar
  • vinegar
  • celery seeds (optional)

From the Refrigerator

  • cabbage
  • green onions
  • mayonnaise

Coleslaw is a great side for pasta dishes, grilled meats, and even beans. Everyone in my family loves it, so it’s one of our go-to salads if I want to make sure everyone eats their vegetables. I also love that I can make it a day ahead of time, and store it in the fridge. It will still look and taste good the next day.

Simple Coleslaw

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Simple Coleslaw

This is a simple, pared down, version of coleslaw that's delicious in its simplicity. The total cost for this recipe is $1.47 or about $0.25 per serving. Cook's Note: Taste the coleslaw dressing prior to mixing it with the cabbage. If you prefer your coleslaw more tart, add another teaspoon of vinegar, if you prefer it sweeter, add another teaspoon of sugar. This may not seem like enough dressing, but the cabbage wilts as it sits int he cabbage, and it will be plenty.
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill in refrigerator 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 102 kcal


  • 1 pound raw cabbage finelly chopped or shredded ($0.38)
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced ($0.19)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise ($0.50)
  • 2 tbsp sugar ($0.04)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar ($0.11)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1/8 tsp celerly seed ($0.24)


  • Mix together mayonnaise, sugar, cider vinegar, salt, and celery seed and set aside.
  • Mix shredded/chopped cabbage and green onions together in a large bowl.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over cabbage and onions.
  • Toss together to coat all of the cabbage and onions with the dressing.
  • Cover coleslaw and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve.
Keyword apple cider vinegar, cabbage, celery seed, green onion, mayonnaise, salt, sugar

Nutritional Information was calculated for 1/8th of the recipe prepared as written above.

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